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PhD Candidate Digital Methods at University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam has an opening PhD position in information science. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. Candidates are welcome before February 14, 2019.

Research at the Faculty of Humanities is carried out by six research schools under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research. The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, one of six research schools of the Faculty of Humanities, has a vacant PhD position as part of theCross-lingual Event-centric Open Analytics Research Academy (CLEOPATRA ITN), led by Prof. dr. Richard Rogers.

ASCA is home to more than 110 scholars and 120 PhD candidates, and is a world-leading international research school in Cultural Analysis. ASCA members share a commitment to working in an interdisciplinary framework and to maintaining a close connection with contemporary cultural and political debates.

The PhD position is in digital methods and concerns 'Wikipedia as first draft of history'. It is connected to the CLEOPATRA EU research project that aims to make sense of the massive digital coverage generated by the events of global importance in Europe over the past decade. CLEOPATRA offers a unique interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and training programme, which explores how we can begin to analyse and understand the major events that influence and shape our lives and our societies. It facilitates advanced cross-lingual processing of textual and visual information related to key contemporary events at scale, and develops innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access to and interaction with multilingual information.

Your research will focus on selected topics in the area of multilingual information science in a challenging and unique research environment.

To be eligible you must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Skodowska-Curie actions. According to these guidelines, at the time of recruitment, the potential candidate "must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951) are not taken into account." Furthermore, according to the Marie Skodowska-Curie rules, Early-Stage Researchers shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, "be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree".

Successful candidates will have a strong background in Digital Methods (an outstanding MA or MSc degree in the corresponding discipline).

Good proficiency in English is expected; knowledge of further European languages is of advantage. International experience during your studies or afterwards as well as good social and communication skills are helpful.

As PhD candidate you will be appointed at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities, Department of Mediastudies. The appointment will be for 36 months, full-time, under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. You will be a part of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). The first contract will be for 12 months, with an extension for the following 24 months, contingent on a positive performance evaluation. The intended starting date is 1 July 2019. The gross monthly salary will be 2,325 during the first year to reach 2,835 during the third, based on 38 hours per week.The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universitiesis applicable.

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Please submit your application in a single PDF file (not zipped).

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to provide additional materials.

Applications must be submitted to asca-fgw@uva.nl no later than 14 February 2019, with the subject line ‘Application Rogers PhD ITN-CLEOPATRA’.


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