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Humanist Archives: March 19, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Humanist 34.288 - postdoc in digital history (Humboldt, Berlin)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 288.
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        Date: 2021-03-18 13:29:11+00:00
        From: Torsten Hiltmann <>
        Subject: Job: Postdoc Digital History (HU Berlin) with focus on NLP, ML and/or RSE, full-time, up to 6 yrs

Dear all,

At the Chair of Digital History at the Humboldt University Berlin we have a
vacancy that might be of interest:

Digital History (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)

Digital history, and especially computational history, is a dynamically
developing field with great potential for new and innovative research
approaches and projects. Its focus is on working with complex and
heterogeneous data, which presents new technological and methodological
challenges and thus stimulates new experimental solutions.

The professorship for Digital History at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
has been established in 2020 and focuses on the adaptation and application
of data-driven digital methods to historical research questions and their
critical reflection, based on texts as well as on images and structured
data. For the further development of the professorship we are looking for a

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the field of Digital History (m/f/d) -
Full-time - E 13 TV-L HU
max. 6 years (subject to WissZeitVG)

Field of activity:

*       Scientific services in research and teaching
*       Participation in the development of projects and the acquisition of
third-party funding as well as the implementation of your own innovative
research projects, especially in the fields of NLP, Machine Learning or
Research Software Engineering
*       Your own academic qualification (habilitation)


*       Completed university studies and doctorate in the fields of computer
science, history, computational linguistics or related subjects
*       in-depth knowledge of current methods and technologies in at least
one of the following areas: NLP, machine learning or research software
engineering (RSE)
*       Solid programming skills in Python and optionally other programming
*       A good command of written and spoken English as well as a basic
knowledge of German (and the willingness to develop this upon taking up the
*       Experience in the interdisciplinary work between computer science
and humanities

You have very good conceptual skills and a pronounced ability to work in a
team, as well as the willingness to go beyond conventional solutions and
quickly familiarize yourself with new approaches and areas of application.
In addition, you are able to convey computer science knowledge in a
humanities context in research and teaching in an engaging and
forward-looking manner. Experience in the acquisition of third-party funding
and in project management would be an advantage.

What we offer:

*       The opportunity to do innovative work and research, to contribute
and implement your own ideas and thus to actively participate in the further
development of the professorship
*       The possibility to set up your own postdoc projects and additional
funding to do so
*       A friendly and open team with a modern working culture
*       A well-established and internationally renowned university in the
heart of Berlin as your place to work
*       An innovative and creative Digital Humanities environment

Please send your application (with cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant
certificates and a project outline of 2-3 pages on your experience and ideas
with which you would like to contribute to the chair) by 25 March, quoting
the Reference number AN/043/21 to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of History, Prof. Dr. Torsten
Hiltmann, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin or preferably by e-mail in one
PDF file to

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching,
and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely
disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given
preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are
specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents,
please submit copies in the application only.

Please visit our website, which 
gives you access to the official German version;
see also:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,
Torsten Hiltmann


Prof. Dr. Torsten Hiltmann
Professur für Digital History
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

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