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Humanist Archives: May 5, 2023, 5:54 a.m. Humanist 36.572 - Assoc Director (Northeastern); postdoc (Delft)

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    [1]    From: Flanders, Julia <>
           Subject: Job posting: Associate Director, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University (171)

    [2]    From: Juan M. Durán <j.m.duran@TUDELFT.NL>
           Subject: Postdoc in Ethics and Epistemology of AI and Data (140)

        Date: 2023-05-05 00:53:02+00:00
        From: Flanders, Julia <>
        Subject: Job posting: Associate Director, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University

Dear Colleagues,

With apologies for crossposting: the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern
University is hiring! We have just launched a search for an Associate Director--
an exciting position with a great portfolio of interesting and important work,
and room for growth. Please circulate to potential candidates and consider
applying. The position will remain open until filled but application review will
begin after May 26. Here's the link to apply and learn more, and I am also happy
to answer questions:

The full posting is included below for convenience.

Best wishes, Julia
Julia Flanders
Professor of the Practice
Director, Digital Scholarship Group
Northeastern University

About the Opportunity

The Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) in the Northeastern University Library is
excited to open a search for an Associate Director. Working within a warm,
collaborative, and collegial environment dedicated to social justice, this
position has broad responsibility for coordinating the research and development
effort of the DSG group, building and maintaining relationships with
collaborative partners, and overseeing DSG’s outreach and pedagogical
initiatives. This position is based in Boston but is eligible for a hybrid work
arrangement, and specific arrangements can be negotiated at the time of hire.
This position is situated at a leading R1 institution committed to intensive
research and meaningful educational experiences for students at all levels. The
University Library is a vital partner in learning, teaching, and community-
engaged research for a diverse campus community centered on experiential


The Associate Director has responsibility for guiding DSG’s research and
development projects in ways that balance external funding requirements, the
pace of our collaborative partners, and our own internal balance of activities
and responsibilities. This position oversees the work of DSG’s developers and
analysts on design and implementation of digital research projects, and ensures
strong communication and documentation practices within the group. Working
closely with other DSG and library staff, faculty collaborators, and students,
this position leads the creation and use of digital archives and exhibits using
our WordPress-based publication platform and the array of resources it draws
upon including Wikipedia, Wikidata, Knightlab tools, and digital repositories
within and beyond Northeastern. The AD also plays an important role in
developing policies and practices within the group to enact our commitment to
digital approaches that consider the ethical, social, pedagogical, and research
implications of digital tools, methods, and data. The AD may serve as PI or
project director on external grants and will contribute to grant-funded and
internal projects such as the Boston Research Center, the Civil Rights and
Restorative Justice project, and others. They may also contribute directly to
project design and development based on specific areas of expertise.

Within the Northeastern University Library, the DSG Associate Director also
works closely with staff from Research Data Services, Digital Production
Services, and University Archives and Special Collections, as well as external
partners such as the Boston Public Library, to coordinate effort on shared
projects such as the Boston Research Center. This position also has
opportunities to contribute to DSG’s pedagogical activities in areas like high-
performance computing, digital collections, and Wikipedia/Wikidata, and to
support faculty and students in expert use of structured data formats and
effective digital workflows.

We warmly invite people with various skills and levels of expertise to apply to
this position. Candidates who meet some, but not all, of the qualifications
listed below are strongly encouraged to apply. We seek colleagues who are
committed to building an inclusive and diverse working environment and who have
been and remain underrepresented or marginalized in the field of librarianship –
including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ+ people, individuals with
disabilities and applicants from lower-income and first-generation library or
academic backgrounds. We expect this position to be an ongoing learning
experience and are committed to supporting professional development.


We realize that this is a lengthy list of activities and qualifications. There
are multiple paths toward success in this position, depending on the successful
candidate’s interests and experience. The following qualifications are
fundamental to the position:
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or similar training in a
humanities, information science, data science, or other relevant discipline
• Experience working in a position of leadership in a digital humanities/digital
scholarship context; experience supervising staff and/or students.
• Demonstrated history of experience and skill with project management;
experience supervising technical development activities would be a strong plus
• Experience working with historical and cultural heritage data or digitized
• Commitment to thoughtful, adaptive engagement with the needs of community
• Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects and adapt to the evolving
landscape of digital humanities
• Demonstrated commitment to progressing diversity, equity, and inclusion
initiatives and practices
• Collaborative problem-solving skills and the ability to research and recommend
solutions as part of a participatory design process
• Strong oral and written skills, ability to communicate across expertise levels
and prepare project documentation
• Enthusiasm for growing skills and developing new technical competencies

The following skills are valuable to the position in the long term, but are not
all essential for applicants to possess at the outset; we can provide training:
• Familiarity with key digital humanities platforms and information standards
(such as TEI, Omeka, Zotero, databases, GIS, Knightlab tools, or linked open
• Familiarity with open-source development practices and workflows, preferably
within an academic or non-profit environment
• Experience with developing and leading workshops and with classroom teaching
• Experience working with structured data formats (for instance, XML, RDF, JSON,
CSV, relational databases) and with data conversion, data enhancement, and data

Salary Grade: $93,300 to $149,285

About the Digital Scholarship Group

A recognized leader in the field, the Digital Scholarship Group supports digital
modes of research, publication, and collaboration through applied research,
systems and tools development, and consultative services. The DSG offers a
friendly and closely collaborative work environment, and actively fosters the
professional and intellectual development of all of our colleagues and
collaborators, including training opportunities and mentorship.

Our team engages with faculty in the digital humanities and quantitative social
sciences from across the university to develop digital research and teaching
projects, organize events, plan grant-funded initiatives and provide training
and mentorship. We also work in close partnership with Northeastern’s Archives
and Special Collections, the NULab for Maps, Texts, and Networks, and with
cultural heritage partners in Boston including the Massachusetts Historical
Society and the Boston Public Library.

We develop tools and platforms for working with digital artifacts and data, for
querying and publishing them. We also provide workshops, mentorship
opportunities, and pedagogical frameworks to the Northeastern community. Some of
our major projects include the Boston Research Center, the Civil Rights and
Restorative Justice Project, and the Digital Archive of Indigenous Language
Persistence, as well as a number of digital archiving projects from the
Library’s Archives and Special Collections. In all of our projects, we are
attentive to inclusive and anti-racist approaches to data modeling, platform
development, and collaborative working processes.

About the Library

The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University by
working in partnership with the University community to develop and disseminate
new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and professional growth,
enriches the research, teaching, and learning environment, and promotes the
effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and
services to library users.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and
support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values
and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive
culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age,
sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic
protected by applicable law.To learn more about Northeastern University’s
commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

To learn more about the Northeastern University Library’s commitment and support
of diversity and inclusion, please see

        Date: 2023-05-04 06:12:39+00:00
        From: Juan M. Durán <j.m.duran@TUDELFT.NL>
        Subject: Postdoc in Ethics and Epistemology of AI and Data

Job description

SoBigData++ is a distributed, multi-disciplinary research infrastructure
for big social data analytics, coupled with the consolidation of a
cross-disciplinary European research community, aimed at using social
mining and big data to understand the complexity of our contemporary,
globally-interconnected society. SoBigData++ develops applications that
operationalize ethics with value-sensitive design, incorporating values
and norms for privacy protection, fairness, transparency, and pluralism.
SoBigData++ offers 91 unique datasets, 120 pilot projects developed with
diverse companies, over 90 social mining methods, and apps, and more
than 7,000 active users. In 2022, SoBigData entered the ESFRI Roadmap as
SoBigData-RI ( with the purpose of offering
their services (infrastructure, data, expertise) to state members. In
the Netherlands, we intend to create the Dutch Research Node (DRN) that
will bridge organizations, institutions, and government agencies with
the services provided by SoBigData-RI. This postdoc project is a unique
opportunity to assist in the creation of the DRN, engage with diverse
stakeholders (from university academics to government officials), and
take part in science and philosophy communication. This postdoc also
includes the opportunity to advance in an academic position via teaching
duties, research, and organization of events, as well as acquire
experience in ethics consulting. The successful candidate will be
affiliated with TU Delft and be part of a vibrant research community
that includes the Delft Digital Ethics Centre, Delft Design for Values,
and Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations

The direct tasks of this PostDoc position include:

(1) To establish a DRN within the SoBigData node. To this end, the
candidate will have to know the project and its goals, be able to
communicate it clearly to all the current members of the DRN and be able
to contact and bring new members into the network. An excellent level of
English and communication skills is required. Traveling within the
Netherlands (and possibly Europe) will be required.

(2) To serve as a consultant on diverse issues related to ethics,
epistemology, and societal implications of AI, Data, and similar

(3) Teaching duties at TU Delft.

(4) Conduct philosophical research on specific topics.

This position is jointly hosted by TU Delft, SoBigData-ESFRI Consortium
& ODISSEI. At TU Delft you will be part of the Ethics/Philosophy of
Technology Section, Department of Value, Technology and Innovation. At
ODISSEI you will collaborate with Tom Emery.

The starting date is as soon as possible.


- Ph.D. degree in Philosophy (Ethics of Technology, Ethics of AI and
Data, Philosophy of Science and AI or Epistemology of AI)
- Experience in organizing and hosting events, networking, and
interacting with different stakeholders
- Domain knowledge in the field of data science is an asset;
- Solid problem-solving skills and capacity to take the initiative;
- Ability to work well in a team;
- Proven written and verbal English communication skills (do mention
your key publications in the motivation letter)

Conditions of employment
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour
Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable
compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport
memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work
schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and
Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An
International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an
international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As
creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech,
TU Delft is a top international university combining science,
engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education,
research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy,
climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our
engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in
business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we
actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can
flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this
makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and
the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions
using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is
why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair

  Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of TPM provides an important contribution to solving complex
technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility,
digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security. TPM does this
with its excellent education and research at the intersection of
technology, society and policy. We combine insights from both
engineering and social sciences as well as the humanities. TPM develops
robust models and designs, is internationally oriented and has an
extensive network of knowledge institutions, companies, social
organisations and governments.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and

Additional information
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Juan M. Durán,

Application procedure
Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 14 May 2023 via
the application button and upload your motivation and CV including


Dr. Juan M. Durán
Assistant Professor
Department of Values, Technology and Innovation
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Jaffalaan 5
2628 BX Delft - B 4.310
The Netherlands -

2022- President Commission on the Philosophy of Technology and
Engineering Sciences (DLMPST)
2020 Fellow Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS)
2019 Herbert A. Simon Award - IACAP

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