[Humanist] 25.450 postdocs at Amsterdam

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Sat Nov 5 13:31:16 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 450.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2011 13:26:05 +0100
        From: Rens Bod <rens.bod at gmail.com>
        Subject: Two postdoc positions in Digital Humanities/Computational Linguistics at University of Amsterdam

Two postdoc positions in Digital Humanities/Computational Linguistics at
University of Amsterdam
Starting date: 1 March 2012


2 Postdocs in Digital Humanities/Computational Linguistics
1.0 FTE (38 hours per week, for 2 years)
vacancy number W11-208

You are interested in the development and application of digital methods in
the humanities. Digital research corpora of literature, art, music and
language are changing the humanities in a spectacular way, leading to new
questions that seemed unanswerable until very recently. The Digital
Humanities or e-Humanities transcend the individual humanities disciplines,
and you will need to be at home in more than one discipline.

The postdoctoral researchers will execute their research projects within
the broader context of the research field and will occasionally be called
upon to participate in teaching and supervision tasks. The researchers will
cooperate with other members of the field that have backgrounds in various
relevant fields, and contribute to organizing an international conference.
Furthermore, candidates are expected actively to apply for external funding
related to the research priority area.

We welcome applications in all fields of Digital Humanities. We
particularly welcome applications that fit within the following two project

Postdoc project theme 1: Corpus Creation and Games
People experience language, literature, music, art, film, and games more
and more through digital devices that allow, in principle, for monitoring
their experiences and responses. This state of affairs opens up completely
new ways of collecting data on how people experience language and the
cultural products traditionally studied in the humanities. This postdoc
project theme is about conceptualizing simple but attractive applications
for the web, smartphones and tablets, with the goal of collecting data on
important open questions in the humanities (for instance, on the relation
between language and music). The candidate will have good programming
skills, knowledge of techniques used in the game industry, and creative
ideas about how they can be applied to answer open questions from the
academic disciplines that study language, literature, music, art or film.

Postdoc project theme 2: Literary Quality
Literary quality is one of the most fascinating issues in literary studies.
Scholars have found that social and cultural factors play an important role
in the acceptance of a fictional work as literary or non-literary and as
good or bad. This project theme will research whether formal
characteristics of a text also play a role in readers' decisions to call a
fictional text literary or non-literary, and good or bad. It will integrate
the analysis of low-level lexical-statistical features and high-level
syntactic and narrative features. This project is especially intended to
investigate literary quality across different languages, by using
techniques such as Data-Oriented Parsing. It will be carried out in close
collaboration with the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The candidate
will have a background in literary studies or (computational) linguistics,
and will have programming skills and knowledge of natural language

■Completed Doctoral degree in a relevant field;
■Publications in peer-reviewed journals or with established academic
■Excellent academic writing and presentation skills;
■Excellent social and organizational skills;
■Experience with external fundraising is an advantage.

Further information
For further information about the position and the field of Digital
Humanities contact rens.bod at uva.nl, or the Faculty’s research department at
onderzoek-fgw at uva.nl.

The Postdoc positions will be on a temporary basis for the period of two
years. The starting date will be March 1st 2012 at the latest. The gross
monthly salary will be between € 3195 and 4374 (‘Onderzoeker 3’; salary
scale 11, according to the collective labour agreement Dutch universities)
in the case of a full-time position (38 hours/week). Depending on
experience and date of completion of the PhD an appointment as ‘Onderzoeker
4’ (between € 2379 and € 3755; salary scale 10, according to the collective
labour agreement Dutch universities) may (initially) be necessary. A
contract of 0.8 fte is possible as well. Secondary benefits at Dutch
universities are attractive and include holiday pay and an end of year

Job application
Applications including a cover letter, complete academic CV, and project
proposal (maximum 1800 words in length) should be submitted at the latest
on Monday November 28th  2011, 08.00 hrs.
Please send your documents to onderzoek-fgw at uva.nl. Interviews with
selected candidates will be held in the afternoon of Monday December 19th
Please state the vacancy number and ‘strictly confidential’ in the upper
left corner of the envelope or in the subject field of your e-mail.

Prof dr Rens Bod, VICI Laureate
Chair of Computational Humanities
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam
Visiting Address: Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam, NL
Postal Address: P.O. Box 94242, 1090 GE Amsterdam, NL
phone: +31 20 5256086 or +31 20 5256051

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