[Humanist] 31.781 PhD studentships (Vienna)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 781.
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        Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:26:39 +0200
        From: Tara L Andrews <tara.andrews at univie.ac.at>
        Subject: 5 Data Science (of which one Digital Humanities) PhD positions at the University of Vienna

Dear colleagues,

I’d like to take this opportunity to announce some open positions at the University of Vienna, one of which is dedicated explicitly to Digital Humanities. Please forward to any likely candidates!

Best wishes,
Tara Andrews

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tara L Andrews
Digital Humanities
Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, A-1010 Wien


Starting Date: May 1st, 2018
Application deadline: April 30th, 2018
Duration: 3 years
Job ad: https://tinyurl.com/ds-UniVie

Data Science @ Uni Wien is a new research platform at the University of Vienna that presents a hub on all activities in data science at the University of Vienna. We have openings for five enthusiastic PhD students to establish an interdisciplinary research environment. The PhD students will be hosted in one of the faculties of Computer Science, Mathematics, or Business, Economics and Statistics. Each of the PhD students will be co-supervised by members of at least two different faculties and work on research problems in one of five domains, Astronomy, Digital Humanities, Finance, Industry 4.0, Medical Sciences. The focus in these areas is described as follows:

Astronomy is currently undergoing a data deluge with multiwavelength missions on earth and space. The focus of the PhD project in this area is the development of algorithmic and visual analysis techniques for the Gaia mission data, an ambitious ESA satellite currently charting a three-dimensional map of our Galaxy with accurate positions and velocities of about 2 billion stars. The student will focus on large data exploration and data analysis to tackle astrophysical questions, making use of Data Science tools.

The Digital Humanities area will have a particular focus on digital historical studies. The student will focus on the development of suitable data models for information about historical people and cultures that is harvested from the digitisation of texts and artifacts. Another goal will be to look at how these models, and machine learning techniques that make use of them, will coexist with the interpretative critical frameworks through which historical analysis is usually done.

Potential topics in the area of Finance are visual analysis tools for the analysis of volatility, liquidity and market microstructure relations based on large cross-sections of limit order book data. A second area will focus on the development and application of dimension reduction techniques for high-dimensional dependence and network structures. Among others, further topics will be the development of monitoring tools to analyze market dynamics around singular events.

In Industry 4.0, the production process in a shop floor consisting of cyber-physical production systems produces huge amount of data. In addition a current trend in modern societies is the increased need in personalized products. This aspect increases the number of different product variants and results in smaller lot-sizes, which leads to a higher complexity and to dynamic processes. In such dynamic environments exceptions and disruptions are frequent and often lead to unforeseen situations and possibly negative consequences. Hence, the PhD position focuses on detecting dynamic process changes or unexpected disruptions early by exploiting the available data. Moreover, strategies to avoid negative impacts whenever such disruptions occur have to be developed. Such strategies may apply predictive methods for planning in advance or adopt real-time planning approaches with the aim to revise the original plans quickly.

In the area of Medical Sciences the goal is to develop new data analysis methods supporting an integrative view on information originating from different sources including medical imaging, genetic data, clinical biomarkers and demographic data. We will particularly focus on clustering methods supporting the stratification of patient collectives with the long term goal of personalized medicine. As applications we will consider Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.

Applications including:
- Letter of motivation that clarifies the candidate’s particular
  domain(s) of interest and the target phd programme
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications
- Evidence of teaching experience (if available)
- Degree certificates
should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than Apr 30th, 2018, mentioning reference number 8347.

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