[Humanist] 27.632 postdoc at Alberta; PhD studentships at Roehampton

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 632.
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  [1]   From:    Arianna Ciula <ariannaciula at gmail.com>                    (36)
        Subject: AHRC TECHNE PhD studentships - University of Roehampton (UK)

  [2]   From:    Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>                  (29)
        Subject: CLR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow

        Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:31:49 +0000
        From: Arianna Ciula <ariannaciula at gmail.com>
        Subject: AHRC TECHNE PhD studentships - University of Roehampton (UK)

 AHRC Studentships (PhD and masters) available at the University of
Roehampton (London, UK) through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership

TECHNE (Greek: craft) (http://www.techne-research.co.uk) is an AHRC
Doctoral Training Partnership, a Consortium of 7 higher education
institutions, including the University of Roehampton, based in London and
the South-East of the UK. Over 5 years (2014-2019), TECHNE will award
around 176 PhD studentships and 25 masters studentships at its partner
institutions. University of Roehampton applicants for PhD study are
eligible to apply through the university for TECHNE Arts and Humanities
Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver) to start 1st
October 2014.

TECHNE PhD students will benefit from a rich and diverse development
programme, with a focus on interdisciplinarity and developing career
potential both within and beyond academia. The programme includes input and
placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations in
the cultural sector (e.g. the Barbican, Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural
History Museum, Museum of London, British Film Institute and Rose Theatre).

At Roehampton, we cover a broad range of subjects in the arts and
humanities, and we have the research expertise to supervise in most of the
subject areas covered by TECHNE. To find out more about our areas of
specialism and particular research interests, and for further information
on how to apply for TECHNE studentships please go to:


General enquiries: contact Amy Brown in the Graduate School (Graduateschool
[at] roehampton.ac.uk, tel. +44 (0) 20 8392 3619)

The deadline for TECHNE applications for PhD studentships is the 19th
February 2014.

Information about how to apply for a TECHNE Masters studentships will be
available early in 2014.


Dr Arianna Ciula
Research Facilitator - Department of Humanities
University of Roehampton
London SW15 5PH

        Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:03:52 -0700
        From: Geoffrey Rockwell <grockwel at ualberta.ca>
        Subject: CLR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow

                     University of Alberta Libraries

CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation and Web Archives

University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) in cooperation with the Humanities Computing Program (HuCo) seeks a postdoctoral fellow to engage in the research, planning, creation and implementation of tools and services related to web archives. Working with UAL, Humanities Computing, and other interested partners, this fellowship position will be responsible for identifying and investigating potential use cases for digital scholarship made possible using web archives, and for identifying the requirements that follow from better understanding the need for improved access and manipulation of the data.

Academic libraries are awakening to the value of web archives as an important component of cultural and scholarly record. However, the challenges of discovery, access and utility of these collections as they affect the needs of the researchers and end users they wish to serve is a relatively young field of study. While interest in web archives is growing, partly as a result of the impermanence readily observed with the web, many researchers remain unaware of the existence of national and institutional web archives. Those who are aware and attuned to web archiving programs, e.g. Humanities Computing communities, now look to the library as a partner. Libraries must enable better access to the data in order to satisfy the computational demands of digital scholarship.

Duties & Responsibilities

Identify existing research about the scholarly use of web archives in order to help the Libraries better understand weaknesses, gaps, and opportunities in the current research environment
Examine and make recommendations around web archive-related  service design addressing the needs of research communities, as well as other audiences, e.g. undergraduates, non-academic audiences
Identify opportunities for the development of tools and services that would better support using web archived data captured in WARCs for research, with a specific focus on serving the needs of the digital humanities scholar
Collaborate with Digital Initiatives and Collections teams on the development of collections and supporting functions, e.g. metadata that would better address scholarly requirements; enabling participatory collection building and the use/integration of archiving tools by campus research teams
Research approaches for archiving online game culture, including the possibility of crowdsourcing the gathering of Canadian game culture documents; collaborate with a PhD candidate funded to work on game archiving
Work with UAL to better communicate the goals and value of the web archiving program and its available collections to prospective audiences
Develop tools and means to support scholarly interactions with web archived content, e.g. data mining, visualization, content analysis, topic modelling
Support the overall work of the Libraries as it looks to scale web archiving collections activity to levels that will satisfy DH and other communities
Required Qualification

PhD in relevant areas of study, e.g. Library and Information Science,  Archival Studies, Computing Science,  Humanities and Social Sciences.
Desired Qualifications

Background in DH-related research, computing, or evidence of interest/experience with digital research technologies and platforms
Knowledge and experience of relevant programming languages and scripts
Fundamental skills in designing and conducting research
Excellent project management and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to work both independently and with teams
Strong curiosity and passion for digital preservation, linked data, visualization, or similar areas of interest
The fellow will report directly to the Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Libraries, and be a member of the Digital Initiatives unit.

The fellow should expect to be an active contributor to a variety of relevant teams, and will be partnering with researchers in the Humanities Computing Program to support research projects using web archives.

Professional Development Support
The fellow may be eligible to receive local support for professional development and research sharing activities in addition to the CLIR/DLF program support.

Salary will be the CAD equivalent of $60,000 USD at time of appointment.

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