Researcher or Software developer with TEI XML knowledge

Researcher or Software developer with TEI XML knowledge

The research group Digital Editions is looking for a

Researcher or Software developer with TEI XML knowledge.

What does the job entail?

The research group Innovating Digital Editions at the Huygens Institute in Amsterdam creates digital scholarly editions of literary and (cultural) historical sources, with a focus on Dutch history and culture. The group consists of experts in textual scholarship, (digital) scientific editions and cultural heritage. As a member of the eDITem project you will work on the realization of a tool for publishing digital text editions. You design templates in TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) XML to model and publish different types of literary and (cultural) historical sources. You work closely with researchers involved in the edition project The Mondrian Papers (, for which a proof-of-concept digital edition is being delivered. You also work closely with the Digital Infrastructure department of the KNAW Humanities Cluster, which is responsible for developing and managing, often innovative, software for scientific research.

You will liaise with researchers from different departments of the Huygens Institute, to prepare modeling templates for other source editions in TEI XML. Ideally, you have experience with scholarly (digital) editions and/or a (cultural) historical interest. The work is both independent and team-based, and will be directed by a researcher from the Innovating Digital Editions research group at the Huygens Institute. The project will ideally start on September 1, 2022, and will run for 2 years. The project offers good prospects for a permanent position.

What do we require?

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • A completed degree and/or relevant work experience in Software Development in Digital Humanities, preferably in an XML environment;
  • Experience with modeling humanities data;
  • Knowledge of and affinity with Open Access and FAIR principles for open science;
  • Ability to think analytically
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills;
  • Good ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.

It is highly recommended if you:

  • Have experience with the TEI standard;
  • Have good organizational skills;
  • Have a careful, secure and independent working method;
  • Have experience in front-end development;
  • Have a good ability to deal with project deadlines;
  • Have affinity and/or research experience with historical and cultural-historical topics (such as historical letter editions, manuscripts; digital scholarly editing; etc).

Terms of employment

Fixed term contract: 2 years.

Depending on education and experience, the minimum salary is EUR 2,960 and the maximum salary EUR 4,670 on the basis of scale 10 and the minimum salary is EUR 3,974 and the maximum EUR 5,439 gross per month on the basis of scale 11 for a full-time appointment (CAO-NU/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 webpage: working for the KNAW (

Huygens Institute

The KNAW Humanities Cluster stands for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the humanities and heritage world. The KNAW Humanities Cluster is a collaboration of three KNAW institutes: the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the International Institute of Social History and the Meertens Institute. At these institutes, we conduct pioneering and excellent humanities research (history, ethnology, literature, linguistics) using innovative methods in which informatics plays an important role. The operational management of the KNAW Humanities Cluster is carried out by a central business office that supports these three institutes as well as the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) in their operational management. The HuC has a joint department for Digital Infrastructure, a Digital Humanities Lab and NLLab.

Diversity & Inclusion

The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and valued of great importance. A working environment where attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities come first. Together, we strive for an inclusive culture that embraces differences. We therefore invite candidates who through their background and experience want to contribute to this. In case of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who can strengthen the diversity within the KNAW in this way.


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