Postdoc Digital Literature (1.0 FTE)

Tilburg University


July 4, 2021


Postdoc Digital Literature (1.0 FTE) The Department of Communication and Cognition in the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.

The successful candidate will join our Digital Literature Consortium. We study digital (or ‘electronic') literature from a theoretical perspective, and also explore how works of digital literature may best find their way to visitors of public libraries and pupils in secondary schools. The project is a collaboration between academic researchers with various theoretical and methodological backgrounds, and societal partners (Bibliotheek Midden- Brabant, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, secondary schools).

Works of digital literature comprise for instance multimodal poems presented in virtual or augmented reality, interactive stories experienced via smartphones, or sonnets written by an algorithm. The successful candidate will take an inventory of currently available Dutch and Flemish works of digital literature as a basis and explore i) how to best disclose and present works of digital literature to fellow academic researchers, public library visitors, and secondary school teachers, ii) what an international metadata standard for works of digital literature could look like, and iii) how works of digital literature may be best preserved for future generations, taking into account their ephemeral and dynamic nature. These endeavours will also naturally raise additional, theoretical questions. What should be considered a work of digital literature and what not? How does digital literature relate to literary traditions and institutions? The successful candidate will work on these questions in close collaboration with other members of the consortium, for instance leading to scientific publications.

This 18-month full-time position is funded by a PDI-SSH grant awarded to the consortium led by Dr. David Peeters.

Your profile

  • You have (or will soon obtain) a PhD degree in computational literary studies, computational linguistics, digital humanities, literary studies, contemporary literature, online culture, interactive storytelling, (psycho)linguistics, or any related or relevant field
  • You are interested in digital literature and new (theoretical and methodological) developments in this domain
  • You have published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, or a monograph on a topic relevant to the current project
  • You have a good overview of the literary field in the Netherlands and Flanders or are willing to become immersed in it
  • You can function well in a team of both academic and societal partners, have the ability to work independently, and have good communication skills
  • As this position entails dealing with works of digital literature that often contain Dutch literary texts, some knowledge of Dutch is desirable
  • Experience with documentation and meta-analysis is a plus
  • Conditions of employment

  • Fixed-term contract: 18 months.
  • A full-time position (1,0 FTE). Ideal start date is September or October 2021.
  • The selected candidate will receive a contract for 18 months at Tilburg University at the Department of Communication and Cognition.
  • The postdoc will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as Researcher 4 (salary scale 10). The starting gross salary for a full-time appointment is (minimally) € 2.790,- up to (maximally) € 4.402,- per month.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually);
  • Researchers from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a temporary tax- free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The University will apply for such an allowance on their behalf;
  • The University will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation (for foreign employees);
  • Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers and offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best non-profit employers in the Netherlands), also including excellent technical infrastructure, savings schemes and excellent sport facilities. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies.
  • Who we are The Department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) studies cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach combining careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational modeling. We consist of about 70 researchers covering a broad range of topics relevant for cognition and communication, and this includes approximately 25 PhD students. Core research domains include communication and technology, cross-cultural communication, information visualisation, marketing and business communication, language production, and non-verbal communication.

    Additional information For more information on this position, please contact the principal investigator of this PDI-SSH project: Dr. David Peeters (

    Applications To apply for this position please submit your letter of motivation (in English or Dutch), curriculum vitae (including contact details of two people who are willing to provide a reference letter), and two selected publications of your work.

    The application deadline is July 4, 2021. The only way to apply is online. Interviews with a selection of applicants will take place mid-July 2021.

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

    Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

    Recruitment code Tilburg University applies the recruitmentcode of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

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