Junior Data Engineer – IISG – Amsterdam

For the International Institute for Social History we are looking for a Junior data engineer (4/5 days, 32-38 hr/w).


Position and embedding

The Data & Collections Engineer will derive (meta-)data from IISG’s and other collections to further the findability of collections as well as to create research ready datasets. The engineer will help transpose (meta-)data to Linked Open Data and provides support in collections and research projects to derive new datasets. Finally the data engineer will engage activities to update yearly time series data, such as the Amsterdam Code, HISCO and other value lists.

The position of Data & Collections Engineer is a new position within the recently established Data & Augmentation Department. It is of major importance, as it furthers the outreach of collections and ensure the (re-)usability of research datasets and because the Data & Collections engineer furthers the FAIRness of both collections and research data.

Key tasks

  • clean, convert and standardize datasets
  • created Linked Data representations of datasets
  • store datasets in repository software
  • advocate the use of datasets, e.g. through presentations, demonstrations and blog posts
  • collaborate with both researchers and other engineers with the purpose of creating new or enhancing existing datasets


Key competences

  • Proficiency in Python, or demonstrated ability to translate experience from an equivalent language (e.g. R)
  • Ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Proficiency in English verbal and written communication skills

Preferred competences

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g. history, digital humanities, sociology, information sciences)
  • Experience with Linked Open Data
  • Experience with data management systems such as Dataverse

The appointment concerns an employment contract of 0.8 – 1 FTE for a period of two years. The start date is September 15, 2022, but the exact start date is negotiable.


Fixed-term contract: 1 jaar.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is EUR 3.098,- and the maximum salary is EUR 4.257,- gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 9 CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP. The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.


Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis

The International Institute of Social History (IISG-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. IISG is one of the most prestigious social history research institutes worldwide. It examines how work and labour relations have developed globally over time. To support its research, it collects archives and data from all over the world. The relationship between its research and its data and archive collections contributes substantially to the institute’s unique nature.


Additional information
For more information please contact Dr. Richard Zijdeman: richard.zijdeman@iisg.nl

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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