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Humanist Archives: Nov. 23, 2022, 2:24 p.m. Humanist 36.265 - postdoc in digital humanities (Venice)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 265.
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        Date: 2022-11-22 21:46:27+00:00
        From: Franz FISCHER <>
        Subject: Open position in Digital Humanities

PostDoc in Digital Humanities - Data collection (trafficking of Cultural
Heritage) - (2200005N)

Commitment & contract: PostDoc (Collaborator)


You will be working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group, where
humanities scholars collaborates with computational scientists (Machine
Learning, Computer Vision, image processing, big data and high-performance
computing), material engineers, chemists, and physicists, each with their
own expertise, to carry out common research.

The Centre for Cultural Heritage Technology (CCHT) in Venice is coordinated
by Dr Arianna Traviglia, who has extensive experience in mediating the
inclusion of technology within the study and protection of Cultural
Heritage. Research at CCHT focuses on promoting cutting-edge technologies
and approaches for analysis, preservation and protection of Cultural

At the Centre, you will be working in the framework of EC Horizon Europe
RITHMS project (GA 101073932). RITHMS intends to boost the operational
capacity of Police and Customs/Border Authorities in addressing the illicit
trafficking of cultural goods through multidisciplinary research,
technological innovation, outreach and training. The project will develop a
digital platform able to identify criminal organized networks using
information available on the internet and other open sources of information
and applying approaches derived from Social Network Analysis (SNA).

As a team member, your main responsibility will be to contribute to the
reporting and deliverables preparation; you will especially support the ICT
partners during the data collection phase necessary to build the different
datasets feeding RITHMS SNA platform, focusing on the identification and
collection of data from existing repositories of stolen cultural property
as well as websites of online auctions of cultural goods, thus contributing
to the creation of a comprehensive dataset of circulating cultural objects.


   - Ph.D. in digital humanities or cultural heritage fields with
   specialisation in digitisation/digital documentation of cultural heritage;
   - Documented experience in developing and manipulating large,
   heterogenous datasets;
   - Proficiency in database creating and managing programmes (MySQL and
   - Good confidence with Python;
   - Good confidence with scraping and crawling programmes;
   - Proficiency in English language (written and oral).


   - Familiarity with existing repositories related to stolen/looted
   cultural goods
   - Experience in grant proposal preparation at National and/or European
   - Good communication skills
   - Strong problem-solving attitude
   - High motivation to learn
   - Spirit of innovation and creativity
   - Good at time and priority management
   - Ability to work in a challenging and international environment
   - Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a highly
   interdisciplinary environment


   - Competitive salary package for international standards
   - Private health care coverage (depending on your role and contract)
   - Wide range of staff discounts
   - Candidates from abroad or Italian citizens who permanently work abroad
   and meet specific requirements, may be entitled to a deduction from taxable
   income of up to 90% from 6 to 13 years.

Please submit your application using the online form and including

   - a detailed CV with a publications’ list
   - university transcripts
   - cover letter (outlining motivation, experience and qualifications)
   - contact details of 2 references.

the call will remain open until the position is filled (we recommend to
apply as soon as possible).

The position is pending contract signature.

We inform you that the information you provide will be used solely for the
purposes of evaluating and selecting professional profiles in order to meet
the requirements of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Your data will be processed by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, based in
Genoa, Via Morego 30, acting as Data Controller, in compliance with the
rules on protection of personal data, including those related to data

Please also note that, pursuant to articles 15 et. seq. of European
Regulation no. 679/2016 (General Data Protection Regulation), you may
exercise your rights at any time by contacting the Data Protection Officer
(phone Tel: +39 010 28961 - email: <> - kindly note
that this e-mail address is exclusively reserved for handling data
protection issues. Please, do not use this e-mail address to send any
document and/or request of information about this opening).

Primary Location
 Cultural Heritage Technologies
Job Posting
 Jul 19, 2022, 2:07:34 PM

Link for application


Dr Arianna Traviglia
Center for Cultural Heritage Technology (CCHT@Ca’Foscari) Coordinator

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