Seeking a post-doctoral fellow in Text Mining, Modeling, and Prototyping, with
expertise in Data Modeling and Digital Humanities. This position is based in
the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, in
partnership with the Orlando Project and the Canadian Writing Research
The position is funded by the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE)
project and the Text Mining and Visualization project, funded by a Major
Collaborative Research Initiative grant and a Standard Research Grant,
respectively, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
(SSHRC), The successful candidate is anticipated to work closely with team
members at U Alberta, U Toronto, Acadia U, U Saskatchewan, U Western Ontario,
U Guelph, U Victoria, and beyond.
The postdoctoral fellow will work with conceptual data models and new forms of
knowledge expression currently developed or under development by INKE and
CWRC, collaborating with INKE's Modelling and Prototyping team and others,
consulting with project stakeholders and potential stakeholders, and liaising
with other INKE researchers located in North America and the UK.
The successful candidate will have skills and aptitudes in humanities-oriented
research and data modelling, including training or demonstrated experience
working with the Resource Description Framework and/or other conceptual
modelling approaches. Organizational skills are essential. Interest and
aptitude in research planning and management would be an asset, as would
knowledge of data visualization tools (e.g., VTK, D3, or Gephi). The ability
to work in concert with our existing team is a critical requirement.
Experience with leveraging semantic markup for text mining, visualization, and
interoperability would be an asset. Examples of technologies employed in the
partner projects include: XML, XSL, XSLT, XHTML, and TEIP5 encoding; XQuery;
of these technologies would be an asset, but is not a requirement. Hands-on
aptitude with--as distinct from merely interest in--digital tools is required.
Our current team members pride themselves on a passionate interest in both the
humanities and their computational engagement. Our ideal candidate is someone
with similar passions who can introduce the team to new ideas and provide new
perspectives on existing digital humanities issues. The salary for this
position is competitive in the Canadian context, and is governed in part by
Applications comprising a brief cover letter, CV, and the names and contact
information for three referees may be sent electronically to Susan Brown at
susan/dot/brown/at/ualberta/dot/ca. The contract can begin as early as 1
September 2012; it is for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal.
Interviews may be conducted via Skype or in person, in
Edmonton, or other venues as feasible. Applications will be reviewed until the
position is filled.
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