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