[Humanist] 26.986 job at the Leibniz Institute in Mainz

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 986.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:50:53 +0200
        From: Michael Piotrowski <piotrowski at ieg-mainz.de>
        Subject: Job opening: Short-term research stay in digital humanities (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz, Germany)

The Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany has an
opening for a

  short-term research stay (6 months, 50%)

in the area of

  controlled vocabularies for historical research.

The Leibniz Institute of European History is a renowned independent
research institution, which carries out and promotes historical
studies on the foundations of Europe in Early Modern and Modern times.
It is located in Mainz, Germany.  The Institute is also actively
working to create the foundations necessary for digitally-enabled
research in history and theology.  Among other projects, the Institute
is a partner in the European DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure
for the Arts and Humanities, http://dariah.eu/) initiative and its
German component, DARIAH-DE (http://de.dariah.eu/).

In the context of DARIAH-DE, we are offering a six-month research
stay, beginning (preferably) in June 2013.  We are looking for a
highly motivated individual to work in the interdisciplinary field of
digital humanities.  This position is located in a DARIAH sub-project
concerned with the design and development of controlled vocabularies
for historical research; in particular, you will be working on a
controlled vocabulary for describing historical place types.  You will
also be involved in the organization of an international expert
workshop on this topic.

You should either have a background in a computing-related field and
an interest in historical research, or a background in a
historically-oriented field of humanities with a strong knowledge of

This is a 50% position; so it is ideally suited to use the other half
of your time to prepare a PhD proposal or grant application in a
related area, benefiting from feedback, discussions, and a stimulating
research environment.  In addition, you will be able to gain
international experience in an interdisciplinary research institution.

Salary: Payment will be according to the German TV-L EG 13 pay scale.

Duration: Fixed-term contract for 6 months.

Application deadline: May 7, 2013.

Specific Requirements:

- The digital humanities are a highly interdisciplinary field, in
  which people with many different backgrounds are working together,
  and where there is more than one way to enter this field.  Given the
  aims of this position, we expect that you have knowledge of
  computing in general and Semantic Web technologies in particular,
  and an interest in historical research.  Preferably, you have some
  prior experience with controlled vocabularies, ontologies, or
  thesauri.  You have a master's degree or are about to obtain one
  very soon.  Potential backgrounds thus include computer science,
  computational linguistics, digital humanities, history, historical
  theology or church history, and library and information science.

- You are able to work in a highly interdisciplinary field and
  cooperate with researchers at the Institute, within DARIAH, and

- You are able to communicate in spoken and written English at a
  professional level.  Knowledge of German is not required, but basic
  skills may be helpful for day-to-day life.

Please send inquiries and application documents (including list of
publications, and copies of relevant certificates as a single PDF
file) to

  Dr.-Ing. Michael Piotrowski
  E-mail: piotrowski at ieg-mainz.de
  Phone: +49 6131 39-39043

IEG is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer.  In case of
equality of qualification and suitability of applicants, applications
by female researchers will be given preferential consideration.  We
also encourage applications from disabled persons.

Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG)
Dr.-Ing. Michael Piotrowski
Alte Universitätsstraße 19
55116 Mainz, Germany
phone: +49 6131 39-39043
fax: +49 6131 39-35326
e-mail: piotrowski at ieg-mainz.de

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