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Humanist Archives: June 25, 2021, 6:39 a.m. Humanist 35.109 - postdoc in digital literature (Tilburg)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 109.
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        Date: 2021-06-24 11:28:55+00:00
        From: D.G.T. Peeters <>
        Subject: Job opportunity for early career researchers in digital humanities

Dear all,

We have recently announced a vacancy ( that may be of
interest to early career researchers in (digital) humanities. Please find all
information below and feel free to contact me in case you have any questions.

With apologies for cross-posting.

Kind regards,
David Peeters


Postdoc Digital Literature (1.0 FTE)
The Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of
Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.

The successful candidate will join our Digital Literature
Consortium ( We study digital (or
‘electronic’) literature from a theoretical perspective, and also explore how
works of digital literature may best find their way to visitors of public
libraries and pupils in secondary schools. The project is a collaboration
between academic researchers with various theoretical and methodological
backgrounds, and societal partners (Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant, Koninklijke
Bibliotheek, secondary schools).

Works of digital literature comprise for instance multimodal poems
presented in virtual or augmented reality, interactive stories experienced via 
smartphones, or sonnets written by an algorithm 
The successful candidate will take an inventory of currently available Dutch 
and Flemish works of digital literature as a basis and explore:

 i) how to best disclose and present works of
digital literature to fellow academic researchers, public library visitors, and
secondary school teachers, 
ii) what an international metadata standard for works of digital literature could 
look like, and 
iii) how works of digital literature may be best preserved for 
future generations, taking into account their ephemeral and dynamic nature. 

These endeavours will also naturally raise additional, theoretical questions. 
What should be considered a work of digital literature and what not? How does 
digital literature relate to literary traditions and institutions? The successful 
candidate will work on these questions in close collaboration with other 
members of the consortium, for instance leading to scientific publications.

This 18-month full-time position is funded by a PDI-SSH grant awarded to the
consortium led by Dr. David Peeters.

Your profile

  *   You have (or will soon obtain) a PhD degree in computational literary
studies, computational linguistics, digital humanities, literary studies,
contemporary literature, online culture, interactive storytelling,
(psycho)linguistics, or any related or relevant field
  *   You are interested in digital literature and new (theoretical and
methodological) developments in this domain
  *   You have published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, or a monograph
on a topic relevant to the current project
  *   You have a good overview of the literary field in the Netherlands and
Flanders or are willing to become immersed in it
  *   You can function well in a team of both academic and societal partners,
have the ability to work independently, and have good communication skills
  *   As this position entails dealing with works of digital literature that
often contain Dutch literary texts, some knowledge of Dutch is desirable
  *   Experience with documentation and meta-analysis is a plus

Conditions of employment

  *   Fixed-term contract: 18 months.
  *   A full-time position (1,0 FTE). Ideal start date is September or October
  *   The selected candidate will receive a contract for 18 months at Tilburg
University at the Department of Communication and Cognition.
  *   The postdoc will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system
(UFO) as Researcher 4 (salary scale 10). The starting gross salary for a full-
time appointment is (minimally) € 2.790,- up to (maximally) € 4.402,- per month.
  *   A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually);
  *   Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a temporary tax-
free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The University will apply
for such an allowance on their behalf;
  *   The University will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation
(for foreign employees);
  *   Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers and offers very
good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the
Netherlands), also including excellent technical infrastructure, savings schemes
and excellent sport facilities. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch
Universities applies.

Who we are

The Department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) studies cognitive and social
aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach combining
careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational
modeling. We consist of about 70 researchers covering a broad range of topics
relevant for cognition and communication, and this includes approximately 25 PhD
students. Core research domains include communication and technology, cross-
cultural communication, information visualisation, marketing and business
communication, language production, and non-verbal communication.

Additional information

For more information on this position, please contact the principal investigator
of this PDI-SSH project: Dr. David Peeters (<>).


To apply for this position please submit your letter of motivation (in English
or Dutch), curriculum vitae (including contact details of two people who are
willing to provide a reference letter), and two selected publications of your

The application deadline is July 4, 2021. The only way to apply is online.
Interviews with a selection of applicants will take place mid-July 2021.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
(TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital
society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive
technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on
moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and
Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition,
Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy;
several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College
Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor
or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital
Sciences (

Recruitment code

Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode 
of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development 

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