Positions and Fellowships

Research IT Developer

Deadline September 14, 2014
Department / Research Group Department III
Inquiries

For questions about this position, please contact the digital content curator, Dr. Shih-Pei Chen. For administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

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Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science
Boltzmannstr. 22
D-14195 Berlin

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin (Dept. III, Artefacts, Action, Knowledge, Director: Prof. Dagmar Schäfer), seeks an outstanding scholar for the position of Research IT Developer (full time, TVöD E14). The position will be for one year with possibility of extension.

Candidates should have strong skills and rich experiences in designing web-based software with intuitive user interface and in programming. S/he will be working in a digital humanities project on Chinese local monographs (difangzhi 地方志). This project aims to provide historians a series of web user interfaces that will allow them to extract data from historical texts, to store and share the extracted data, and to apply third party visualization and analysis tools on the extracted data. The successful candidate will be responsible for evaluating and customizing existing tools for this project and will work closely with the digital content curator in house, who is responsible for the whole project. This position will have the chance to collaborate with historians, IT developers, and colleagues from top research or archival institutions. In order to adopt and customize tools developed by international teams based overseas, the successful candidate will need to communicate with the teams remotely through email correspondence or Skype meetings. Having experiences in digital humanities or humanities-tailored IT projects is preferred but not necessary, so as the language skill of classical Chinese.

Skills and requirement:

  • 5+ years of experience of web programming in Java, PHP, and Javascript
  • Familiar with Unicode handling, text processing, regular expressions, and databases (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL) in Java and PHP
  • Capable of designing and implementing a complete software
  • Proficiency in English writing and speaking
  • Capable of working independently and proactively
  • Good communication skills with both developers and non-developers

Additional qualifications (optional):

  • Reading of classical Chinese
  • Experience in digital humanities projects

Technical details about this project:
This project aims to provide a feasible way for historians to convert textual information in historical documents to structural datasets (for instance, tabular data) to make the information more accessible and reusable. The technical aspect of this project consists of three parts as described below.

(1) An extraction interface where the scholar can locate desired information in the texts by providing lists of terms that s/he is interested in and by composing regular expressions through an intuitive interface. The term lists and regexes will be matched against the texts automatically and the result will be highlighted in the text. Later on the located information will be transformed into a table. We already have a prototype for this extraction interface. It is written majorly in Javascript along with some PHP code for file handling and database querying.

(2) A data repository for storing and sharing results produced by the extraction interface. We plan to adopt and customize The Dataverse Network (http://thedata.org/) as the data repository for this project. Dataverse is an open source tool for scholars to share their research data and to get recognition. It is built upon GlassFish and PostgreSQL and is mainly written in Java. Dataverse has built in functionalities for stable data storage, version control, customized privilege setting, data downloading statistics, and more. In this project, we plan to customize Dataverse so that it can be smoothly connected to the extraction interface.

(3) An data acquisition API that will enable third party tools to acquire specific dataset from our data repository, to create visualization (for example, online maps, time plots, bar charts) or to run statistical/textual analysis on the data, and to return the results. We will also build tools based on existing tools that will use this API and create results in order to test the feasibility of the API.

Interested candidates should send, via email, a cover letter and resume/CV which should include a portfolio of selected works to demonstrate the candidate’s ability in designing and developing software, to the attention of Dr. Shih-Pei Chen, Digital Content Curator of MPIWG, at

bewerbung3@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de
Please use “Job application: <your name>” as the subject of your application email.

The submission deadline will be September 14th, 2014. Successful applicants will be contacted within two weeks after the deadline. The job interview is scheduled on September 29th, 2014.

For questions about this position, please contact the digital content curator, Dr. Shih-Pei Chen. For administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstr. 22, D-14195 Berlin

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Head Librarian

Deadline September 15, 2014
Department / Research Group Library
Inquiries

For administrative questions please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

Address https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/head_lib_2014.nsf/application
Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) seeks a Head Librarian (to begin no later than January/February 2015) to:

  • Support the research of scholars in a wide range of specialties
  • Oversee the acquisition of works in both paper and digital form
  • Coordinate an extensive inter-library loan program
  • Supervise a staff of 6 fulltime librarians
  • Develop strategies for integrating new techniques and sources for interdisciplinary research in the humanities
  • Represent the Institute at national and international forums on the future of research in the humanities

The MPIWG is the world’s largest research institute in the history of science, with projects spanning many disciplines, cultures, languages, and epochs. Its library contains 70.000 printed volumes, including a small collection of rara and many digital sources. With the support of its library, the MPIWG has made pioneering contributions to the digital humanities.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • A university degree in a relevant field (not necessarily library science)
  • Experience as a research librarian
  • Familiarity with digital research collections and methods
  • Mastery of several languages
  • Ability to lead and commitment to aiding researchers

The position is ranked up to the BAT Ia / TVöD E15 level in the German system, which roughly corresponds to that of associate professor. Salary is set by both the position’s rank and individual factors, including social security benefits.

Candidates are requested to submit as a single PDF-document a cover letter, curriculum vitae including list of publications, copies of certificates and names of three 3 referees who may be contacted and asked to submit letters if the candidate is among the finalists for the position

No later than September 15, 2014 (23:58 CET)

to: https://s-lotus.gwdg.de/mpg/mbwg/head_lib_2014.nsf/application
Please note that only electronic submissions via this link will be accepted.

Finalists for the position will be informed by mid October, 2014 and asked to come for an interview (travel expenses covered by the Institute).

Applicants of all nationalities are welcomed to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

For administrative questions please contact Ms. Claudia Paass, Head of Administration.

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin

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2014-2015 Post-doctoral Fellowships

Deadline September 30, 2014
Department / Research Group Edition Open Sources
Inquiries

For more information about working at the University of Oklahoma, please contact eos@ou.edu or the Research Coordinator, JoAnn Palmeri. See also the websites for the University of Oklahoma Libraries, the History of Science Collections, and the Department of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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Please upload your application at http://jobs.ou.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=85389

Two fellowships for the academic year 2014-2015 are offered by Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, MPIWG) Department I, Prof. Jürgen Renn, and the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU). Starting dates are negotiable. Each 2-year fellowship is a full-time year-round appointment. Applicants must state a preference for either the MPIWG or OU as their host institution; one fellowship will be awarded for each location.

Each fellow will be expected to publish a work in Edition Open Sources (EOS) by the end of the second year of the fellowship. Each fellow will acquire skills relevant to the digital humanities using the EOS workflow and is responsible for editing of his or her own work to the end stage of publication.

Host institutions:
1. The MPIWG is an international and interdisciplinary research institute. The colloquium language is English; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in that language. Fellowships are endowed with a monthly stipend between 2.100 € and 2.500 € (fellows from abroad) or between 1.468 € and 1.621 € (fellows from Germany, who may alternatively opt for an employment contract TVöD E14 in the German payscale system). For more information about working at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, please contact the Research Coordinator, Jochen Schneider.

2. The University of Oklahoma is a leading American public research university. Fellowships are appointed in the University Libraries, with ties to the History of Science Collections and to the Department of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. Fellows receive an annual salary and benefits package of $ 42,000.

Exchange period:
After the first year in one of the host institutions, the postdoctoral fellows will exchange their positions for a period of six months: The postdoctoral fellow employed at OU will move to the MPIWG, the postdoctoral fellow employed at the MPIWG will move to Oklahoma. Round-trip airfare to and from the collaborating institution during the second year is provided by the fellow's original host institution. The monthly stipend will be unaffected during the exchange period.

Application documents:
Applications for fellowships must include a book proposal, which is reviewed following the same protocol as book proposals by other authors (Submission guidelines: http://edition-open-sources.org/eos/instructions.html#submission).

Candidates must submit the following application documents as a single PDF file no later than September 30, 2014:

  • Cover letter (2 - 3 pages)
  • CV (including publication list)
  • Book proposal (see Submission guidelines)
  • Official copies of degree certificates
  • Writing sample (max. 8000 words)

Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Please upload your application at http://jobs.ou.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=85389

The applicant must also provide names and email addresses of at least two scholars who will provide letters of recommendation by the deadline. Please note that the referees will automatically be contacted and asked to submit their letters electronically. Letters received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The University of Oklahoma and Max Planck Society are equal opportunity employers. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; applications from women are especially welcome. The Max Planck Society is committed to promoting handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

For questions concerning the research project and Department I, please contact Dr. Matteo Valleriani (valleriani@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de); for administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration.

For more information about working at the University of Oklahoma, please contact eos@ou.edu or the Research Coordinator, JoAnn Palmeri. See also the websites for the University of Oklahoma Libraries, the History of Science Collections, and the Department of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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