The Institute of History at Technische Universität Darmstadt seeks to appoint a

Professor (W3) for Humanities Data Science and Methodology

The post holder is going to play a key role in the ongoing development of the "Digital Humanities" at TU Darmstadt at the interface between the Department 02 - Social and Historical Sciences and Department 20 - Computer Science.

The focus of the professorship is on research on the data foundation of the humanities (textual data, but also image, object-, geodata, meta- and measurement data or born digital data). This entails, on the one hand, the development and epistemological reflection of methods for the analysis of these data types, including reflection on the origins of the data and their use. On the other hand, the profile of the professorship entails the development and application of algorithmic methods for the humanities.

One or more of the following research areas should be the expertise of the prospective post holder: information/knowledge modelling, digital data/source criticism, research software engineering (e.g. Behaviour Driven Development), visualisation of humanities data, visual computing (e.g. GIS, interfaces), modelling of research strategies in IT-based humanities including multimodal corpora (e.g. Data Scopes), quality management of humanities research software, research data and research infrastructures; also natural language processing, text technology, corpus and computational linguistics.

Required skills thus extend over two related areas: expertise in the development and application of algorithmic methods and critical reflection on the prerequisites and consequences of the production and use of digital data in the humanities. Both areas should contribute to the development of theory and methods for digital scientific practice. This requires familiarity both with algorithmic procedures and with the procedures of interpretation in the humanities and social sciences, including hermeneutical approaches.

In teaching, the post holder should cover procedures for evaluating digital sources with digital methods from different professional perspectives (e.g. analyses of political speeches, Twitter news, image sources, etc.). In concrete terms, this includes central parts of the inter-institutional master's programme 'Data and Discourse Studies'. In addition, contributions are to be made to the various courses of the Department of Social and Historical Sciences.

Willingness to cooperate with all subjects represented in the Department of Social and Historical Sciences as well as with the Department of Computer Science in the field of Digital Humanities is expected. A co-membership ("Zweitmitgliedschaft") in the Department of Computer Science is planned. Institutionally, the professorship will be located in the Institute of History in Department 02. Therefore, the ability and willingness to work constructively in the Institute of History and its further development in research and teaching are required.

Recruitment requirements: The holder of the position has a scientific education in the Humanities (in one of the subjects represented at Faculty 02 or in library science). In addition, she/he has proven skills and experience in the above mentioned areas, in particular in the development and application of algorithmically based digital analysis methods. An outstanding doctoral degree and additional scientific qualifications (Habilitation or equivalent) are required; applicants should provide proof of innovative contributions to research and teaching in the main focus area of the professorship.

The position is tenured with a remuneration package commensurate with experience and qualifications, following the German "W-Besoldung" and subject to negotiations between the applicant and the university directorate. The regulations for employment are specified under §§ 61 and 62 HHG (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz).

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female faculty members and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program.

Applications are to be sent with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications, overview of previous teaching activities and other scientific activities, third-party funding, certificates) and the identification number in electronic form (as email attachment, one file, not larger than 6 MB) to the Dean of the Department of Social and Historical Sciences, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Dolivostraße 15, 64293 Darmstadt,

Code No. 596

Published on

October 21, 2019

Application deadline

December 08, 2019