Postdoc in Digital Humanities at Stanford

From: Dan Edelstein [danedels@stanford.edu]

Call for Applicants for Stanford University Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Humanities + Design at Stanford University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship funded by an NEH Digital Humanities Implementation grant for “Networks in History.” The Fellow will join a research team working within Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA, http://cesta.stanford.edu/) on the design of visualization techniques that emphasize the contextualization and interpretation of data in cases where we lack the metrics for purely quantitative analysis. The Fellow will bring his or her own research project into the design process as a case study and will liaise with an international community of user testers.

We are seeking applicants from humanities disciplines with a strong interest in multidisciplinary methods to engage in collaborative research using historical source data based on travel, correspondence, communities of practice, and publication. The applicant’s own research should involve data visualization and draw from linked-data sources. Although projects must have a history component, a range of humanistic disciplines are included under that umbrella and other relevant disciplinary perspectives are also welcome.

The Fellow will join CESTA’s community of researchers in an innovative shared work environment in the middle of Stanford’s old quad. More than thirty PhD and undergraduate students are affiliated and working at any given time at CESTA, which is also home to the Spatial History Lab and the Literary Lab. The Center is currently funded by the Stanford Dean of Research, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Wallenberg Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the NEH.

The appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal. Applicants must have their doctoral degree in hand 30 days prior to the appointment start date. The doctoral degree cannot have been awarded more than three years prior to the application date. Applicants must be comfortable working in a collaborative research setting and should demonstrate experience in project management and teaching. For further information about the position please contact Nicole Coleman cncoleman@stanford.edu.

Applicants should submit the following materials by September 26, 2013: Cover letter, CV, 1000-word project proposal, dissertation abstract, 25-page writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Send application materials via email to CESTA Administrative Associate, Matt Bryant mpbryant@stanford.edu.

Dan Edelstein

Professor of French and (by courtesy) History
Faculty director, Humanities + Design research lab, CESTA
Stanford University

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