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Humanist Archives: March 13, 2019, 7:04 a.m. Humanist 32.543 - research fellows (Wesleyan); tech specialist for history (Stanford)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 543.
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    [1]    From: Fernando Nascimento 
           Subject: Research Fellows in Computational Social Science (43)

    [2]    From: Quinn Dombrowski 
           Subject: History Academic Technology Specialist position at Stanford (47)

        Date: 2019-03-12 15:49:55+00:00
        From: Fernando Nascimento 
        Subject: Research Fellows in Computational Social Science

From the job posting at https://careers.wesleyan.edu/postings/6761 :

The Wesleyan Media Project (WMP) led by Dr. Erika Franklin Fowler, in
collaboration with Wesleyan University's Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC),
is seeking postdoctoral or pre-doctoral researchers in computational social
science to join us at the forefront of advancing real-time analyses of
political and health-related audiovisual and textual messages using
computational methods. WMP leverages large-scale advertising and media
messaging datasets applying theory and methods from political science,
behavioral and communication science, network science, data science and
machine learning. The fellowship positions are for a one-year appointment
beginning July 1, 2019 with an option for an additional second year
contingent upon performance. Individuals with a PhD, or those working
towards a PhD, in computer science, data science, political science, in
quantitative social science fields, or a cognate discipline including
network science or machine learning are encouraged to apply. Preference for
candidates with expertise and experience in topic modeling, AI, statistical
natural language processing / text mining and analysis of audiovisual
materials (including sound, images and video). The fellow will work closely
with Dr. Fowler, WMP's Project Manager, and QAC faculty and staff on the
analysis of textual, visual, and video-based political and health messages
from a variety of sources (political/insurance TV ads,
digital/social/online ads, television news, tweets, etc.) and will be
involved in collaborative publications on an interdisciplinary program to
analyze the volume, content, and effect of media messaging on television
and online in electoral and health policy contexts. As a Fellow the
successful candidate will engage in original research, test and evaluate
alternative algorithms and have the opportunity to present and publish your
work. The position will also contribute broadly both to computational
analysis in the QAC and in the social sciences at Wesleyan by working with
undergraduate students engaged in the lab's research projects and by
offering courses in the Quantitative Analysis Center. The teaching load is
one course per year in the first year and one course per semester in the
second year. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented

For more information, please, visit:

Um cordial abra├žo,

        Date: 2019-03-12 14:54:49+00:00
        From: Quinn Dombrowski 
        Subject: History Academic Technology Specialist position at Stanford

Stanford Libraries and the Department of History at Stanford University have a
position open for an Academic Technology Specialist for History. We anticipate
that the position will begin in September 2019.

The full job posting is available here:
https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/academic-technology-specialist-5692. For
an on-the-ground perspective on what it looks like to work as an ATS at
Stanford, please see this blog post:

The Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) is a staff member of the Stanford
University Libraries, closely collaborating with (and jointly funded by) the
University's Department of History. The ATS's primary responsibilities are
to promote, develop, and deploy innovative digital methods in support of
research, pedagogy, and publication. The ideal candidate will have a record of
innovation and creativity in making technology accessible, understandable, and
appealing to an academic audience. The ATS must demonstrate a fundamental
understanding of the ideas and practices that form the foundation of instruction
and research in History. The History ATS is expected to bring the leadership and
technical expertise necessary to envision and execute exceptional, innovative
projects with faculty and graduate students in the Department of History and
often as part of a team of SUL staff in providing such support. Within the
Department of History this will involve innovations in pedagogy and research.
The ATS should be able to guide students in pursuing digitally based research
and methodologies, assist faculty and students in developing digital
presentations, and guide faculty in understanding some of the possibilities for
incorporating a digital component into their work. This is a job for a historian
with technical expertise, enthusiasm for Digital History and the Digital
Humanities more broadly, and a desire to mentor faculty and students to explore
new methodologies and build things with us.

The ATS will have an office in the History Department, engaging independently
with faculty and students in that department, and reporting to a manager in the
Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR).  The ATS will
work frequently with CIDR colleagues as well as the various Library Curators and
Departments, communicating and coordinating with them in support of the
research, teaching, and learning emanating from the History Dept. In particular,
the ATS serves as a conduit for knowledge and leveraging of the Libraries'
digital resources and infrastructures in the History Department, as well as
advocating and fostering in the Libraries an appreciation for the needs of the
Department and of the profession more broadly.

 If you have any questions about the position, please don't hesitate to email
me at qad@stanford.edu.


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