Now open: Computational Food History Vacancies

Ph.D. Candidate vacancy: Application deadline: 5 May 2024

Postdoctoral researcher vacancy: Application deadline: 5 May 2024

We’re looking for a Ph.D. candidate and postdoctoral researcher to strengthen our team. We are looking for people with the following profiles:

  • You have an open-minded and collaborative attitude towards doing groundbreaking digital humanities research;
  • You have a firm grasp on computational methods and are willing to achieve proficiency in historical research methods or you are a food historian willing to achieve proficiency in computational methods;
  • Ph.D. candidates will need to have finished their master’s degree, postdoctoral researcher candidates will need to have finished their Ph.D. degree in history, digital humanities, language technology, semantic web or a related field by the starting date of the project;
  • Your English is excellent and you have or are willing to obtain a working proficiency in Dutch.

In this use case, the Ph.D. candidate and postdoctoral researcher will work on Tracing Contentious Entities and Concepts in Food History. This entails developing technology to identify ingredients and food-related concepts from historical resources, as well as analysing how food habits and discourse around food have changed over time. On the digital methodological strand, this sub-project will study the impact of digital processing tools on the hermeneutical practice of historical research. Your work will intersect with the maritime history use case on shared concepts and entities.

Why you should consider working with us:

Location, location, location: Our offices are located in a historical building in downtown Amsterdam. Researchers work together in projects and a shared office space and can choose to spend part of their time at home.

The team: We value a social, open and inquisitive, safe work environment where your input counts, not your job title, this means open conversations about pros and cons of a particular idea and approach based on content, not status. We also brew a mean cup of coffee and the office has a cooking club.

Good to know: Ph.D. candidates are empoloyees in the Dutch academic system, this means that you receive a salary and you’re saving up for your retirement (can’t start early enough!). For postdoctoral researchers working at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences means that you can focus on building your research profile without a teaching load. We do work together with various Dutch universities so some teaching is an option.

About the procedure: Apply via the link provided in the listing. Please do not provide more information than what is requested (motivation letter, CV, and a publication if you have one). If the committee requires more information, they will ask. The hiring committee will review the applications and invite candidates for an online interview. We will be hiring for this use case as a team, this may mean that the postdoctoral researcher has a more technical background and the Ph.D. candidate a more humanities background or the other way around.

Starting date & duration: the selected candidates are to start between 1 September & 1 November 2024. Both positions are for 4 years.

For more information: browse the Trifecta and DHLab websites or contact the PI.



Behind the scenes: First domain experts brainstorm

Trifecta aims to develop methodological innovations for digital humanities research. We have therefore designed the project in such a way that we connect with colleagues at various stages in the project. We therefore organised a brainstorm with 7 domain experts on maritime history, data management, commodity history, migration history, digital cultural heritage and digital humanities. We presented the current status of the project, as well as our current research direction and asked for their feedback in a collaboration workshop format. The team is very grateful to our colleagues for lending their time, and we’re currently processing their comments and links to additional literature, datasets and projects.  More soon!