Offre d’emploi – Assistant Professors Digital Humanities (Leiden University)

The Faculty of Humanities, the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities, vacancy 16-061 and 16-062

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for 2 fulltime assistant professorships in Digital Humanities.

Assistant Professor Digital Humanities with focus on text analysis (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 16-061

Assistant Professor Digital Humanities with focus on data-analysis and visualization (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 16-062

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Key responsibilities

The Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities (LUCDH) is recruiting two assistant professors to develop innovative research projects that take full advantage of digital sources and methods, to design and implement teaching programmes in Digital Humanities and to collaborate with digital humanities research across the university.

The two hires will be in complementary areas of the Digital Humanities (DH). We are looking for candidates with an area of specialisation in one of two broader areas. The first position will focus on text analysis (including text and image mark-up, text-mining, corpus linguistics, named entity recognition, topic modelling, or machine learning). The other will focus on the development of data analysis and visualisation platforms (including database design, visualisation, network analysis, or geographic information systems).

Please indicate for which of the two specialisations you wish to apply and explain relevant experience to one or more of the subfields listed.

• Coordinating DH activity across the Humanities Faculty and with other faculties and units such as the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science, the University Library, and the Data Science Centre;
• Designing courses and training for staff and students at all levels;
• Advising on technical design and implementation of humanities research projects;
• Generating research funding and assisting in the development of digital humanities research proposals;
• Developing collaborative research projects with university, national, and international partners;
• Authoring and co-authoring DH research outputs.

Selection criteria

For both positions we require:
• PhD in digital humanities or computer science or PhD in a humanities field with documented programming skills and experience;
• Demonstrable interest in and experience with (digital) humanities research;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Project management skills;
• Experience teaching or co-teaching;
• Experience with research funding applications or funded projects.

For the assistant professor with text analysis specialization we require:
• Knowledge of XML and related technologies (including XSLT, XPath, etc.);
• Familiarity with semantic web technologies such as RDF and UML;
• Expertise in text mining / machine learning and associated tools (GATE, Apache UIMA, etc.);
• Competence in a scripting language such as Python or Perl;
• Awareness of technical standards for data curation and web delivery;
• Familiarity with corpus linguistics methods;
• Expertise in topic modelling.

For the assistant professor with Data Analysis and Visualization specialization we require:
• Experience with and demonstrable research interest in data visualization;
• Experience with relational database design and use for textual and image data;
• Experience working with spatial data / GIS and map-based visualization;
• Experience with social network analysis methods and tools.

Leiden University requires staff to obtain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO). In case the successful applicant does not possess this qualification or its equivalent, the faculty will offer support in obtaining it.

About our faculty and Centre

The Faculty of Humanities is rich in expertise in fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, art history, literature, linguistics and area studies covering nearly every region of the world. Our faculty is home to more than 6,000 students and 800 staff members. For more information see:

LUCDH (in formation) will create a network that can serve as a partner for the Centre for Digital Scholarship and the Leiden Centre of Data Science. LUCDH will encourage, and where necessary coordinate activities in the area of Digital Humanities within study programmes and institutes. LUCDH will harbour original research in the field of Digital Humanities and offer advice and support to researchers in the Faculty of Humanities who are, or will be, active in this area.

Leiden University’s humanities faculty features an impressive number of scholars who are working on Digital Humanities projects, ranging from the analysis of large-scale text corpora, image databases, and historical sources to the culture and politics of contemporary social media. The assistant professors will collaborate with the Institutes in the Humanities Faculty (Area Studies and Religious Studies, History, Linguistics, Arts and Society), the Leiden University Library, the Leiden Data Science Centre and the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science to develop research projects and teaching programmes. The Centre is also projected to recruit for two or three four-year stipendiary PhD studentships.

Terms and conditions

The appointment will be for a period of four years. The salary will between the gross minimum of € 3.400, – per month and gross maximum of € 4.654, – per month (scale 11) for a full working week in accordance with the collective salary agreement of the Association of Dutch universities (CAO) and depending on qualifications and experience.

An appointment at Leiden University includes pension build-up and other benefits, including an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information about the terms of employment can be found at:


For more information, please contact prof. dr. H.G.D.G. De Weerdt, e-mail:


Applications should be in English, and can be submitted by e-mail up to and including March 15, 2016 to:

Please make sure that the vacancy number (16-061 or 16-062) and your name are in the subject line of your e-mail message.

Your application should include:
• A CV including education and employment history, publications, and courses taught;
• A letter of motivation including a personal vision of the field of Digital Humanities (max 2 pages);
• A teaching statement (1 page);
• Names, positions, and email addresses of three referees (no reference letters at this point).

Source : Universiteit Leiden

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