PhD position at the UvA Faculty of Humanities – AHM

The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) invites applications for a PhD position at the Faculty of Humanities, tenable from 1 September 2020 (4 years, 1 FTE).

What are you going to do?

Tasks will include:

  • completion and defence of a PhD thesis within the contract period;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • participation in the Faculty of Humanities PhD training programme.
  • teaching courses at BA-level in the 2nd and 3rd year of the appointment (0,2 fte per year).


  • A completed Master’s degree in a field relevant to the proposed PhD project and the research areas of AHM. You may apply if you have not yet completed your Master’s degree only if you provide a signed letter from your supervisor stating that you will graduate before 1 September 2020;
  • excellent command of English;
  • excellent research skills.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 16 months.

The PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities will be employed within AHM. The employment contract will be for 4 years for 38 hours per week-1 FTE (including 0,2 teaching in the second and third years of the employment contract) under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. Initially, a contract will be given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the basis of a positive evaluation after 12 months. The starting date of the contract is 1 September 2020.

The salary for the position (based on a full-time contract) will be €2,325 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach €2,972 during the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. The PhD candidate receives a tuition fee waiver and has free access to courses offered by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch National Research Schools.


University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.


Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture

The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) is one of the six research schools/institutes under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. Each research school/institute covers an important research area within the faculty and has its own research programme. Research schools/institute are also the home base for PhD candidates, who interact with each other and with senior members in the research groups that make up the research school.

AHM, as a thematic research school, fosters a dynamic, interdisciplinary and transnational approach across a broad spread of disciplines. AHM’s mission and profile integrate all branches of research that focus on the material and intangible remains of the past, the reciprocal relations between objects, meanings and representations, and the dynamics of memory. This research is carried out from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives: in concept-oriented, object-oriented and user-oriented approaches. AHM’s research agenda is streamed into five Research Themes that cross and connect the fields of heritage, memory studies and material culture.: Museums & MemorialsHeritage & ConflictTransnational Memory Narratives, Digitality & E-Memories, Materiality & Material Culture. Each of these themes relates to several working research groups in the school, but has in principle a rather open character, and closely collaborates with the other research themes and research groups

Additional information

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Application procedure

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

AIHR wants to improve the diversity of its academic community with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. Applications that contribute to this are particularly encouraged.

Your application should include the following:

  1. Your curriculum vitae, listing at least:
    • full address and contact details;
    • previous education;
    • professional information (previous university (or relevant) employment);
    • language proficiency;
    • grants/honours;
    • conference presentations and publications, if applicable;
  2. A list of grades (transcript) obtained for your Master (or equivalent) programme; at this stage a certified document is not yet necessary;
  3. A research proposal of no more than 800 words with the following elements:
    • an outline of central issue/problem/question (why)
    • object(s) of research (what)
    • methodology (how)
    • how your research fits the programme of AHM (eg. specific research groups or centres within AHM);
  4. Motivation for doing PhD research (no more than 200 words);
  5. The name of a potential supervisor for your PhD project who is a staff member of AHM (check here). You are required to contact the staff member whom you have listed as your prospective supervisor to discuss your plans before applying formally
  6. The name and contact details of one or two academic referees;
  7. A writing sample, such as a project paper or chapter of a master’s thesis, of up to 10,000 words maximum.

Please supply this information in the order given above and submit your full application as one PDF file (do not send multiple attachments), using your initials and surname as a file name, via the link below. Please note that your application will not be taken into consideration if you send multiple files, and/or if your application is late and/or incomplete.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020. 

The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of representatives of the academic staff and a PhD researcher of AHM. Committee members may not vote in cases of involvement with applicants. The committee will make a selection of candidates to invite for an interview in Amsterdam. The final selection will be made immediately following the interviews; the most promising candidate will be selected.

31 March 2020: Deadline submission applications

1 April 2020: Applications are checked for completeness

Mid-April: Applicants are informed whether they are invited for an interview

Early/Mid-May: Interviews with candidates

End of May: Applicants informed about the result

1 September 2020: Applicants start PhD projects

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