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Doctoral Studentship for ‘Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections’

Julianne Nyhan18 May 2017

Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections is a research project based at the British Museum in collaboration with UCLDH. The project started in October 2016 and will run for three years until 30 September 2019. The objective of Enlightenment Architectures is to understand the intellectual structures of Sloane’s own manuscript catalogues of his collections and with them the origins of the Enlightenment disciplines and information management practices they helped to shape. The project will employ a pioneering interdisciplinary combination of curatorial, traditional humanities and Digital Humanities research to examine Sloane’s catalogues which reveal the way in which he and his contemporaries collected, organised and classified the world, through their descriptions, cross-references and codes.

The project has received generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust. Included in the grant is a three year fully funded doctoral research studentship. As explained on the UCL Application Portal:

The aim of the studentship will be to use Sloane’s catalogues as a test bed on which to conduct research on how digital interrogation, inferencing and analysis techniques can allow new knowledge to be created about the information architectures of manuscript catalogues such as those of Sloane. The proposed research must also have a strong critical and analytical dimension so that it can be set within our wider framework of academic inquiry that is concerned with understanding how collections and their documentation together formed a cornerstone of the “laboratories” of the emergent Enlightenment.

Initial applications are now being taken, with a closing date of 31st May 2017. Read more about the studentship and how to apply

Postdoctoral Opening, CREST Centre, UCL, UK

ucacngo5 July 2012

We have a new post open at the intersection of music analysis, information theory, and computer science.  More details below…

Research Associate in Information Theoretic Music Analysis
Computer Science Department

(inclusive of London allowance)
£32,055 -£38,744 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities
Applications are invited for a Research Associate post on an EPSRC-funded grant in the CREST centre at UCL, working on the relationship between Information Theory and Music Analysis. We seek a candidate with a track record in either of these two areas (Information Theory or Music Analysis), but fully recognise that we are unlikely to receive applications from those with significant expertise in both. Therefore, we will be very happy to consider applications from those with an excellent track record in one or other of these two areas (although candidates who are conversant to some degree with the area in which they are not expert will be at an advantage).

Funding for this appointment runs until 31st August 2014 in the first instance.

Key Requirements
Candidates should hold a PhD in a relevant subject, or will shortly be assessed for a PhD level qualification.
Publication in relevant leading peer reviewed conferences and/or journals is essential.

Further Details
Informal enquiries about the post are welcome. Please contact Dr Nicolas Gold (n.gold@ucl.ac.uk).

To apply and get further details visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/index.php and search for vacancy ref: 1262231

If you have any administrative queries regarding the vacancy or the
application process, please e-mail crest-admin@cs.ucl.ac.uk or telephone +44
(0)20 7679 0325.

Closing Date
1 Aug 2012

Interview Date
Interviews are scheduled to take place on 1st October 2012. When applying please ensure that you are able to attend to present a talk and be interviewed on this date. We shall not be able to re-arrange the interview date should you be unable to attend.

Interdisciplinary Research posts

Claire L H Warwick20 February 2012

I’m delighted to say that the UCL Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social and Historical Sciences are advertising three new Research Associate posts in interdisciplinary research in Arts and Humanities. Unlike a more traditional Research Fellowship, where an individual goes away and works for three years on an individual project, these must involve work across different disciplines. The people we are hoping to appoint must be able to work on an interdisciplinary topic within a single subject, or create connections between two or more subject areas within the arts and humanities or link arts and humanities research with that in other disciplinary areas. They must also work in a team-based, multi-disciplinary context, whether they decide to do this in the context of an existing group or to found their own.

These posts are likely to be highly competitive, but still, I hope that we shall see some good applicants from DH and from the wider field of Information Studies. Many of us enjoy working across disciplinary boundaries after all, and most of us work in teams. It would also be a great way to further the excellent links we have with other parts of UCL.

If you are interested in applying, please read the guidance notes carefully. I can’t stress too much that these are not like traditional research fellowships, and neither is the application process. Before you apply you must have identified at least one UCL member of staff as a potential mentor and if your research would take place within an existing interdisciplinary centre such as UCLDH, the European Institute or Early Modern Exchanges you must have discussed your proposal with the head of that centre too. Please do get in touch with people as soon as possible before the deadline to discuss your ideas and proposed research: we will not accept applications from people who have not identified individuals and groups that they would like to work with, and gained their support.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

British Academy Postdocs

Claire L H Warwick23 August 2011

The British Academy has just launched its latest call for Postdocs and the deadline is 12 October. We at UCLDH are always happy to welcome researchers with exciting new DH projects that fit well with our interests. So if you’d like to come to us to do a BA Postdoc, we’d be happy to talk to you about it. Time is quite short, so please get in touch with me (DM or email) asap, at the very latest by 12 September. That allows us time to discuss ideas, meet if possible, and talk about your application.

Your project will need to fit in well with what we do here. Also do remember that there isn’t usually much money for things like technical input, programmer time, digitisation etc in such grants, and we can’t pay for that ourself, so please read the guidlines carefully and make sure your project is possible given what’s covered in the budget. We can provide advice and help, but we won’t do all the techie stuff for you- that’s your job as a DH postdoc.

We’ll look forward to hearing from you….

JOB: Research Assistant at MAA

Sarah Davenport22 November 2010

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge is looking for a Research Assistant with a salary ranging from £23,566 to £26,523 pa. Tenure ends on 31 January 2013:

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seeks an experienced museum professional to work on an EC project on access to digital collections.  The MAA is a contributing partner in the ECLAP project and is looking to appoint a Research Assistant to compile the MAA resources for the project, assist in the completion of deliverables relevant to the MAA role and contribute to the overall development of the project. The person appointed to this post will have a good background knowledge of digital museum collections access and outreach as well as a relevant museum qualification or corresponding experience. A degree in archaeology or related subject would be a strong advantage. Strong computer skills are essential. [World University Jobs]

There’s a detailed job description [PDF] available, and any queries can be sent to Wendy.Brown@maa.cam.ac.uk. The closing date is 15 December 2010.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Claire L H Warwick21 October 2010

I’ve been thinking about the plight of PhD students, after Claire Ross’ excellent blog entry. I thought it might be useful to consider what might happen at the other end of the PhD. At UCLDH we are part of the UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities who have agreed to contribute to the costs of a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship for a department in the faculty. So if you are a PhD student who is about to finish or has just finsihed your thesis, you might want to think about applying for one of these.

Once again these fellowships are highly competitive, but we would like to encourage applicants to think about working on research topics in Digital Humanities at UCLDH. The Leverhulme deadline is in March, but if you are interested you need to start the process soon. Departments have to prioritise applicants for the internal selection process and completed proposals have to be submitted to the Faculty by 1 Febrary at the latest. So it makes sense to contact us as soon as possible to discuss ideas for your research and how to write the best possible proposal. We at UCLDH know quite a lot about research proposals: we write and read lots of them, so are happy to advise on this, if you can contact us in good time. As usual, please email with informal enquiries: further information will also be posted on the Leverhulme website

PhD Studentship on the Impact of Large Scale Digital Collections

Claire L H Warwick5 August 2010

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities in collaboration with the British Library, to work on the impact of Large Scale Digitisation Initiatives (LDSIs), also commonly referred to as Million Book Projects. The aim of the research is to study the use of large-scale digitised collections to ascertain how, when, and by whom they are used. The research will gather quantitative and qualitative evidence and investigate theories and predictions about the impact of LDSIs on libraries, publishers and the reading and researching public.

The work will be carried out at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities which brings together work being done in many different UCL departments and centres, in the humanities, computer science and engineering, as well as Library Services and Museums and Collections. We also collaborate with organisations outside UCL, such as museums, galleries, libraries and archives. We aim to produce research that is meaningful to both computer scientists and humanities scholars, and that will bring about new knowledge in both research areas. In this case the research will collaborate with the British Library, and make use of some of their large-scale digitised collections.

The Studentship is for three years and carries a stipend of £15,000 for the 2010/11 session. This means that fees will be paid, but not all living expenses will be covered. Applicants must have at least a good 2.1 in their first degree, and ideally an MA or MSc in a relevant discipline such as information studies, digital humanities or human computer interaction. Students may begin their research either in October or January of the 2010-2011 session.

To apply, please send a CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees to Kerstin Michaels (k.michaels@ucl.ac.uk). Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Claire Warwick. (c.warwick@ucl.ac.uk)

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2010.

Engineering Doctorate Studentship: Understanding the Use of 3D Scanning in a Museum Environment

Melissa M Terras5 August 2010

Applications are invited for an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Department of Computer Science in conjunction with a major London museum. This is a 4-year studentship, starting in October 2010, leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate, which offers the opportunity to conduct research within a cultural heritage context.

The research will seek to understand more about how 3D scans of museum objects can be used in a physical or virtual exhibition space. Within this we wish to ask the following subsidiary questions: how does the use of 3D scans affect the user experience of visiting an exhibition? (For example the user’s level and type of learning, or how much they enjoy the experience.) Can users understand the relationship between the original and virtual object? Can users understand how such exhibitions should be navigated?

This EPSRC (UK Research Council) funded studentship is available to UK citizens and EU nationals if a relevant connection with the UK has been established (usually by being resident for a period of three years immediately before the EngD). Applicants must fulfil EPSRC eligibility criteria and the normal academic requirements for admission to study in the Department. This studentship will pay a tax-free stipend of approximately £18,000 per year, plus tuition fees. EU students without a relevant connection to the UK can receive an award to cover tuition fees only.

Applicants should have at least a high 2.1 in Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, engineering or a related field. Applicants must also demonstrate an interest in cultural heritage, and the use of new media within a museum context.

Informal enquiries on the project can be made to Dr Melissa Terras (m.terras@ucl.ac.uk). For further information on the EngD Programme, see http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/teaching/engd/ or contact Dr Jamie O’Brien, j.obrien@cs.ucl.ac.uk.

To be considered, you must fill in the general UCL application form. Please see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application-admission/, where you can download the forms and guidelines. Make sure you specify Supervisor (Melissa Terras), and EngD (“Understanding the use of 3D Scanning in a Museum Environment”) on the “Research Subject Area” part of the form. Please send the completed form to Naomi Jones & Melanie Johnson, Department of Computer Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

If you need further assistance regarding our application process, please contact the postgraduate administrators – Naomi Jones & Melanie Johnson (postgradadmin@cs.ucl.ac.uk).

The closing date for applications is September 1st 2010. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

Teaching Fellow in Electronic Communication & Publishing

Anne Welsh15 July 2010

UCL Department / Division

Department of Information Studies

Grade 7

Hours Part Time

Hours per week (%FTE) 27 hours per week (75% FTE)

Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £35,415 – £38,441 per annum

Salary pro-rata for part time vacancies

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Information Studies, the UK’s largest library school, offers postgraduate qualifications and training for all the information professions.

The main purpose of this post, which is a maternity cover, is the provision of learning to students studying for the MA/Diploma/Certificates in Electronic Communication and Publishing, and MA/Diploma/Certificate in Publishing. This includes teaching, assessment and student support. The post holder will also help to design and deliver the new MA/MSc in Digital Humanities.

The post is part-time (75% FTE) and is available from 01 September 2010 to 31 December 2011.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate qualification in digital humanities, electronic publishing or information studies. S/he will also have experience of professional education or training in an academic or professional contact, preferably in digital humanities.

Further Details

Full details are available from UCL’s recruitment pages and Mel has some notes on her own blog