Postdoctoral Researcher within the project “Museum Lab” – Universiteit Leiden – Leiden

  • Leiden

Universiteit Leiden

Key responsibilities

  • You will conduct historic and/or collections-based research on a museum history topic of your choice;
  • You will publish an article in a peer-reviewed publication on some aspect of your research;
  • You will edit chapters for an edited volume on The Rise of Museums of Modern Art in the 1930s Netherlands and create an index for the book;
  • You will participate in the planning of an international conference “Legacies: Why Museum Histories Matter,” including the framing of the program and the invitation of speakers;
  • You will present a paper at the conference “Legacies: Why Museum Histories Matter,” based on your research;
  • You will participate in the intellectual life of LUCAS and contribute to the research profile of LUCAS;
  • You will contribute to the organization of the events and outreach activities of the “Museum Lab”; You teach and/or co-teach courses in museum studies in the BA programme Arts, Media and Society (AMS) and MA programmes art history and museum studies;
  • You teach and supervise BA and MA theses on such topics as Museum history and theory, curating collections, politics and ethics in the contemporary museum, and museum futures.
  • Your profile

  • You hold a PhD with a specialisation in Art history, museum studies, cultural studies, or anthropology, awarded by the time of appointment, ideally on a topic related to museum history and/or museum theory;
  • You have a personal affinity with museum studies and museum histories;
  • You have experience with or are willing to learn about digital methods in museum presentation and ethical questions surrounding collecting and exhibiting;
  • You have experience with working with archival sources and/or museum collections;
  • You have a proven record of accomplishment in academic publications and public outreach;
  • You possess analytical skills, and a clear and persuasive style of writing;
  • You have full professional working proficiency in English (speaking, writing, reading); working knowledge of Dutch and/or another European language would be an added value;
  • You have proven time-management skills;
  • You are a team player and an independent thinker;
  • In case of teaching duties: You are willing and able to meet the requirements for a Basic University Teaching Qualification (UTQ / BKO) within two years if you do not already possess a Dutch University Teaching Qualification;
  • You live and are officially registered as resident in The Netherlands or are willing to relocate upon starting the position.
  • In case of teaching duties: UTQ

    Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ / BKO). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, they must be willing to obtain the UTQ within two years.

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    Please submit your application via the online recruitment system, via the blue button at the top of this page, latest 21st of June. Applications received via e-mail will not be considered. Your application should include:

  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 A4)
  • A (short) CV including education, employment history, publications, and organisational experience (max. 2 A4)
  • A proposal for a case-study to be undertaken in the subproject (max. 1 A4)
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of two referees (no reference letters); please list these on your CV rather than filling them out separately in the system.
  • (Online) interviews will take place in the first half of July 2024.

    Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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