21.039 postdoc in Software Studies at UCSD (US)

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 07:13:11 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 39.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 07:10:38 +0100
         From: Tom Horton <horton_at_cs.virginia.edu>
         Subject: Postdoctoral Research Position in Software Studies

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

We are currently recruiting for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a
new Software Studies initiative at UCSD. The researcher will work with
Dr. Lev Manovich (Professor, Visual Arts ) and Dr. Noah Wardrip-Fruin
(Assistant Professor, Communication ) and will play a key role in
research and field-building activities.

The goals of the Software Studies initiative
(http://softwaretheory.net) at UCSD are:

* to foster research and develop models and tools for the study of
software from the perspectives of cultural criticism, humanities, and
social sciences;
* to help establish the new field of "software studies" which will
complement existing research in cyberculture and new media;
* to investigate how next generation cyberinfrastructure
technologies can be used by humanists, social scientists, and cultural


The position is full time (40 hrs/week). The initial appointment is
for 1 year, with the possibility for renewal. The position comes with
full benefits covered by UCSD
(http://research.ucsd.edu/postdoc/benefits.aspx). The starting salary
range is USD 38,000 - 42,000. The selected candidate can start

Required qualifications:

* a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, information science,
or related interdisciplinary area which is completed and defended
before starting the position at UCSD;
* broad understanding of contemporary global culture and
familiarity with current debates in one or more cultural fields;
* familiarity with current IT developments, and understanding of
Web 2.0 concepts and social media optimization;
* the ability to write engaging and jargon-free texts that are
accessible to diverse global audiences

Desired qualifications:

* experience installing and using research-oriented software tools
(e.g., data mining tools, GIS packages, visualization technologies,
databases, and/or other software used in digital humanities);
* understanding of programming language and system integration
concepts; some practical experience with computer programming or
* previous experience working with computer scientists on joint projects;
* previous research projects and/or publications which address
software from the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences, or
cultural criticism (for example: the history of software forms, work
practices shaped by software infrastructures, studies of software
operations and/or code).

This position is supported by the UCSD Division of the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2 -
http://www.calit2.net), and the Center for Research in Computing and
the Arts (CRCA - http://crca.ucsd.edu). Housing over 900 faculty,
graduate students, and staff researchers, Calit2 is developing
next-generation cyberinfrastructure tools with a particular focus on
multidisciplinary collaboration.

Calit2 is located on UCSD campus which is internationally renowned as
a place for study and research in digital art, computer music, and
digital theory. Between the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and
Communication, there are close to 30 full-time faculty working in
these areas.

The technical facilities and staff support for research in digital
media at UCSD are among the best in the world. They include a number
of state-of-the-art research labs and performance spaces which provide
both current and next-generation tools for immersive visualization,
multi-channel audio spatialization, digital cinema, motion capture,
interactive performance, 3-D fabrication, and computer gaming

The position is open until filled, but we will begin reviewing
applications June 10th, 2007. For priority consideration, candidates
are encouraged to apply before this date. Applicants should send a
current CV with cover letter to Helena Bristow (bristow_at_ucsd.edu)
with subject line "Application for Software Studies Postdoc Position."

Manovich and Wardrip-Fruin will be available for preliminary
interviews at the 2007 Digital Humanities conference during the first
week of June, 2007 (http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dh2007/). Please
indicate whether you will be attending DH '07 in your application.

For further information, please contact:

Helena Bristow,
Administrative Director,
Center for Research in Computing and the Arts
Received on Tue May 22 2007 - 02:32:40 EDT

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