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Assistant Professor Digital Humanities with focus on text analysis

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16 mei 2019
07 juni 2019

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The Faculty of Humanities is looking for an

Assistant Professor Digital Humanities with focus on text analysis

Key responsibilities

  • Developing innovative research projects that take full advantage of digital sources and methods, to design, and implement teaching programmes in Digital Humanities and to collaborate with digital humanities research across the university;
  • Coordinating DH activities in the Leiden University Center for Digital Humanities (LUHCD), across the Humanities Faculty and with other faculties and units such as the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science, the University Library, and the Data Science Centre;
  • Designing and teaching courses and give training for staff and students at all levels;
  • Advising on technical design and implementation of humanities research projects;
  • Generating research funding and assisting in the development of digital humanities research proposals;
  • Developing collaborative research projects with university, national, and international partners;
  • Authoring and co-authoring DH research outputs.

Selection criteria

  • We are looking for candidates with an area of specialisation in text analysis (including text and image mark-up, text-mining, corpus linguistics, named entity recognition, topic modelling, machine learning, etc);
  • PhD in digital humanities or computer science or PhD in a humanities field with documented programming skills and experience;
  • Demonstrable interest in and experience with (digital) humanities research;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Project management skills;
  • Experience with teaching or co-teaching;
  • Experience with research funding applications or funded projects;
  • Knowledge of XML and related technologies (including XSLT, XPath, etc.);
  • Familiarity with semantic web technologies such as RDF and UML;
  • Expertise in text mining / machine learning and associated tools (GATE, Apache UIMA, etc.);
  • Competence in a scripting language such as Python or Perl;
  • Awareness of technical standards for data curation and web delivery;
  • Familiarity with corpus linguistics methods;
  • Expertise in topic modelling.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. With its staff of 995, the faculty provides 27 master’s and 25 bachelor’s programmes for over 7000 students based at locations in Leiden’s historic city centre and in modern buildings in The Hague. For more information: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/humanities.

LUCDH cooperates with the Centre for Digital Scholarship and the Leiden Centre of Data Science. LUCDH encourages, and where necessary coordinates activities in the area of Digital Humanities within study programs and institutes. LUCDH harbours original research in the field of Digital Humanities and offers advice and support to researchers in the Faculty of Humanities who are, or will be, active in this area. 

Leiden University’s humanities faculty features an impressive number of scholars who are working on Digital Humanities projects, ranging from the analysis of large-scale text corpora, image databases, and historical sources to the culture and politics of contemporary social media. The assistant professor will collaborate with the Institutes in the Humanities Faculty (Area Studies and Religious Studies, History, Linguistics, Arts and Society, Philosophy), the Leiden University Library, the Leiden Data Science Centre and the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science to develop research projects and teaching programmes.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fixed-term post from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2021. Salary range from €3637,- to €4978,- gross per month (pay scale 11 , in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to prof. dr. Sjef Barbiers, email l.c.j.barbiers@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 7 June 2019 via the blue button in our application system. Your application should include:

  • A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught; 
  • A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the field of Digital Humanities (max 2 pages); 
  • A teaching statement (1 page); 
  • Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

 Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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