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Postdoctoral Researcher Digital Heritage

Maastricht University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Society Studies

Location: Maastricht - Netherlands
Salary: €3,255
£2,895 converted salary* per month (scale 10 level 4).
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th June 2019
Expires: 11th August 2019

Postdoctoral researcher, “digital heritage” at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Society Studies, Maastricht University 0,8fte, 20 months 

Research project

This is an exciting opportunity to join a transdisciplinary project team carrying out research in the field of digital heritage. In particular we are looking for a postdoc to conduct research in the Interreg EMR funded research project Terra Mosana, a euregional project aiming to investigate, digitalize and present the shared history of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. Over the course of three years, various cities and regions, museums and universities will jointly develop digital narratives through 3D modeling and on-site augmented reality connecting cultural heritage sites in Aachen, Jülich, Leopoldsburg, Liège, Maastricht, and Tongeren.

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will work independently and in collaboration with the Terra Mosana partners, in particular with the members of the Work Package Sustainability, coordinated by the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH). The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details of their own research based on their expertise, the material they gather and their own ideas, in consultation with the supervisor (Sally Wyatt) and WP coordinator (Vivian van Saaze).

The successful candidate will collaborate on a range of activities including:

  • developing, conducting, and analysing feedback instruments (e.g. focus groups, user evaluations, and surveys) of the historical storylines and digital products;
  • co-organizing and contributing to the successful development and delivery of WP partner meetings, workshops and events;
  • co-authoring transferable guidelines for public participation in digital heritage;
  • (co-)authoring academic papers, and contributing to grant applications;
  • supporting the WP coordinator in project management (e.g. assist in project reporting);
  • teaching (most likely in the new BA Digital Society programme)

Starting date: as soon as possible 


Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in a relevant humanities or qualitative social science discipline (such as history, history of arts, archaeology, museum and heritage studies, sociology or Science and Technology Studies). Candidates who are well versed in current academic and professional literature on participatory approaches in arts and heritage, and have methodological experience in innovative approaches to (digital) public engagement are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht. The successful candidate must be willing to travel in the euregion, be open to working together in a transdisciplinary and interfaculty environment. They will have experience in grant acquisition and international peer-reviewed academic publications are imperative. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite, since the candidate will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications. Knowledge of French, German and/or Dutch is an advantage, however not essential, as interpreters will be hired if necessary.

Contract duration: 20 months 

Additional Information

Any inquiries about the position or the project may be addressed to Prof. dr. Sally Wyatt. 

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