Snježana Vrdoljak was born in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1966. She finished her primary and secondary school in Zagreb where she graduated History and Archaeology in 1992. Two years later she finished her master thesis at the Department of archaeology Faculty of art and humanities in Zagreb and defended her doctoral thesis “The Problem of Transition between earlier and younger phase of Urnfield Culture in northern Croatia”. From 1992 and 2001 she was young assistant at the Department of archaeology Zagreb where she participated in undergraduate and postgraduate study. From the September 2001 she works at the Institute of archaeology Zagreb where she gained the title of Scientific Advisor in 2020. Snježana Vrdoljak was principal investigator of the following projects:
- 1997-1999 young researchers project of Ministry of Science
- 2002-2007 scientific project of Ministry of Science “The Middle and Late Bronze Age in Slavonian Posavina”
- 2007-2013 scientific project of the Ministry of Science "Genesis and development of the Bronze Age communities in northern Croatia".
She was investigator at bilateral project Croatia-Austria from 2018 til 2019. From 2020 she is the investigator at scientific project of Croatian Scientific Foundation “Childhood in protohistory at the southern Carpatian Basin “(ARHKIDS; principal investigator Dr. Daria Ložnjak-Dizdar). She is a consultant on the Croatian Science Foundation project "Technological features and cultural practices in prehistoric pottery traditions in Croatia" (prePOT; principal investigator: Dr. Andreja Kudelić) from 2021 to 2026.
As a young researcher, Snježana Vrdoljak attended the scholarships at Slovenia, Austria and United Kingdom (visiting scholar at the Department of archaeology Cambridge). She was the member of Editorial Board of the journal Opuscula Archaeologica Zagreb and now is the member of Editorial Board of Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu.
The scientific interest of Snježana Vrdoljak is archaeology of Bronze Age in Europe, specially the Late Bronze Age of northern Croatia. She was engaged in pottery analysis of Late Bronze Age pottery (statistical and technological analysis) and her special field of interest is bronze casting activity and hoarding of Late Bronze Age communities in northern Croatia.