[H-verkko] Työtä: Three postdoctoral researchers (Digital humanities)

agricola at utu.fi agricola at utu.fi
Ma Kesä 26 16:12:05 EEST 2017

Agricolan työpaikkailmoituksiin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
Three postdoctoral researchers (Digital humanities)
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Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary
research universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out by the
university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various
fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

The Faculty of Arts is a significant international community fostering research,
education and cultural interaction. The Faculty has 7,000 undergraduate and
postgraduate students and employs 500 experts.

Heldig is a newly-founded Digital Humanities Centre at the University of
Helsinki. The objective of Heldig is to foster the combining of computational
methods in humanities and social science and study different phenomena related
to digitalization. Heldig also provides teaching in digital humanities. One of
the research strands in Heldig is the historical and linguistic study of public
discourse, conceptual change and knowledge production.

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for


for a fixed term period from 1 September 2017 onwards (or as agreed) for a
maximum of three years. The period (1-3 years) depends of the candidate’s
research plan.

We are looking for candidates with expertise on computational science,
linguistics and history/cultural heritage. The three successful candidates will
be members of a research community that already includes, for example, Academy
of Finland’s project on “Computational History and the Transformation of
Public Discourse”, 2015-2019. The data that the research community is using
includes various historical full-text collections and large metadata
collections, mainly in English, Finnish and Swedish. The group is particularly
interested in studying conceptual change, intertextuality based on text-reuse
and statistical analysis of knowledge production.


We appreciate a proven track record in multidisciplinary collaboration and an
aptitude for applied research and methods development in computational science.
Applicant needs to have a doctorate in statistics, applied mathematics or
computer science (or in a related applied field, for example, machine learning,
bioinformatics, information technology, language technology). Experience in
statistical programming (for example R/Python/Julia/Stan) and open science
methods (for example publishing of scientific software) can be considered an
advantage. The successful candidate will actively collaborate with the research
group and participate in joint publications.


The successful candidate will have proven expertise in multidisciplinary
collaboration and research in language use in large text corpora. The candidate
will contribute to the project’s interests by providing linguistic perspective
in research in public discourse, conceptual changes and knowledge production
from the Early Modern era to World War II. Possible backgrounds include (but are
not restricted to) pragmatics, semantics, text and discourse analysis, variation
studies and translation studies. Understanding and possible expertise of
different possibilities of the use of computational methods in historical
research should be shown in the research plan. The successful candidate will
actively collaborate with the research group and participate in joint


The successful candidate will have proven ability to function as part of a
multidisciplinary research group with particular focus on public discourse and
knowledge production in early modern and/or modern Europe. The candidate must
also show knowledgeability in the use of computational methods in historical
research. The candidate needs to have a doctoral degree from history, cultural
heritage or related field and proven expertise of independent research. The
successful candidate will actively collaborate with the research group and
participate in joint publications.

ALL APPLICANTS are expected to express in the application documents which of the
three positions they are applying for. One can apply also to more than one
position, if relevant. Also, different educational background from what has been
described above is possible - what is of importance is the candidate’s ability
to conduct multidisciplinary research and aptitude to function in a research
group aiming for text and data mining and statistical analysis.

The successful candidates will become part of a multidisciplinary research group
with the main aim in applying a big data approach to large historical metadata
and full-text collections. The idea is particularly to study the development of
public discourse and knowledge production in history. The research community in
Helsinki offers opportunities for broad, multidisciplinary and international
collaboration. It is an advantage if the candidate’s own research plan
supports these common goals. More specific objectives for the position and forms
of collaboration will be discussed during the possible interview of the
candidate. Duties of postdoctoral research include normal participation in
teaching at the Faculty (5-10%) and academic service

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree, the ability to conduct
independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the
position. In addition, the candidates are expected to have excellent skills in
English (For language requirements for Finnish citizens please see the
advertisement in Finnish).

The salary shall be based on levels 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching
and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a
salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual salary
range will be approx. 41,000 EUR – 50,000 EUR (gross income). In addition,
occupational healthcare will be provided.


Please submit your application as a single pdf file which includes the following
documents in Finnish, Swedish or English:

* Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)

* List of Publications

* Research Plan (maximum 5 pages, should include budget for research and travel

* Names of references


Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through
the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job.
Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to send
their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for the application period
is July 9, 2017 at 23.59 (local time GMT +3).


Further information of the positions can be obtained from Professor Mikko
Tolonen, mikko.tolonen at helsinki.fi


Technical assistance with the University’s electronic recruitment system or
SAP HR portal can be obtained from Mikael Vänttinen, mikael.vanttinen at
helsinki.fi (July 7, 2017, at the latest)


Apply at latest 09.07.2017


Apply link


Due date

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Ilmoituksen lähetti: Agricola <agricola at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 10.7.2017

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