The Chair of „Humanities Data Science and Methodology“, Institute of History, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications, at the earliest possible starting date, for the position of a

Research Associate/Postdoc (all genders)

The position is offered for 3 years in the first instance with the possibility of extension for a further 2 years.

The Chair of Humanities Data Science and Methodology is located in the Institute for History, at Technische Universität Darmstadt, which is a leading, research intensive technical university in Germany. With an already established research profile in the context of Digital Humanities, the university also has close connections to the Alliance of Rhine-Main Universities. Likewise, the university is also internationally orientated, participating in a wealth of international research- and teaching activities including Unite!, a network of universities in seven countries that will set a new model for a European virtual and physical inter-university campus. In joining The Chair for Humanities Data Science and Methodology at TU Darmstadt you will join a newly formed, interdisciplinary, highly motivated and ambitious new Research Group.

The Chair of Humanities Data Science and Methodology works at the intersection of historical research and the digital humanities. The Research Group of Prof. Dr. Nyhan is particularly interested in researching the past with digital methods so as to understand the past a rich and complex laboratory where the benefits and hazards of data-driven, mixed methods and multi-modal scholarship can be explored. Moreover, the Research Group aims to explore the transferability of the results of this work to the many fields, like Computer Science and Data Science, that aim to find patterns in, and make sense of, large, complex and often disjointed datasets.

We are open to hiring an individual working at any intersection of digital history/humanities and computer science/data science or relevant aspects of computing (e.g. knowledge graphs and linked open data; semantic web technologies; machine learning and AI; research software engineering; data visualisation; sonic analysis and MRI etc). Specialisations or interests that are particularly sought include, but are not limited to:

1. Data-driven historical research and/or collections as data research especially on the early-modern or modern period (Neuere und Neueste Geschichte)

2. Digital Oral History and here an interest in sound studies and/or computational approaches to sound analysis is especially welcome

3. Digital approaches to the History of the Humanities (including Digital Humanities) and the History of Computing

4. Critical Digital Humanities, particularly welcome here is specialisations like the politics of digitisation, digital hermeneutics and source criticism in historical perspective

5. Data-ethics, including the use of digital data, platforms and infrastructures in connection with questions of social justice in historical perspective

6. Feminist Digital Humanities in historical perspective

Your profile

An excellent PhD degree in History, Digital History, Digital Humanities or Oral History, ideally with additional education and/or experience in Data Science, Computer Science, Information Science, or in one or more of the research interests mentioned above. Knowledge of German, or a commitment to acquiring knowledge of German is necessary for this post, as is the competence to teach in a history department.

Your tasks

  • Contribute to the research, publishing and engagement activities of the Chair of Humanities Data Science and Methodology
  • Teach 4 hours (Semesterwochenstunden) per week
  • To develop an independent research project: the post-holder will be required to pursue a habilitation. Therefore, teaching and the development of an independent research project is part of this role
  • Participation in academic self-administration tasks
  • Other tasks as necessary

The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate. Opportunity for further qualification (habilitation) is given.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees 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. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

Your application

Please submit your application in English or German with the code number (as one pdf file, max. 6 MB) to:

You must enclose (1) a motivation letter, (2) a CV with information on academic qualifications, language skills and international experience, (3) scanned copies of academic credentials, and (4) a proposal for the independent Habilitation project that you wish to develop (4 pages maximum; note, it is enough to have a broad interest in the area to be pursued at this stage, a finalized proposal is not necessary at application stage)

The job interviews will presumably take place in July 2022 in Darmstadt or via a digitally-mediated method as necessary.

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Code No. 416

Published on

June 22, 2022

Application deadline

July 13, 2022