Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology in Past Social Networks with PhD or equivalent in Classical Archaeology, Classics, Archaeology, History, Digital Humanities or Computer Science is available at School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, Denmark, June 2022
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Position: Assistant professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: Archaeology, Classical Studies (Classics), Computer Science, Digital Humanities, History
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: 1 January 2023
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to standard norms
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Applicants for the assistant professorship must hold a PhD or equivalent in Classical Archaeology, Classics, Archaeology, History, Digital Humanities or Computer Science. They must also be able to document the following:
- Research experience with the application of computational techniques in the humanities, and preferably in classics, history, or archaeology.
- Experience of independent code development for data analysis (e.g. using either Python, R, Java, or C++)
- A strong interest in or expertise with classical archaeology, archaeology or history
- Experience with the study of Roman inscriptions
- Experience of the open publication and detailed documentation of computational methods
- Experience of publication of digital humanities research
- Familiarity with network science
- Familiarity with data management, data analysis and statistics
- Familiarity with critically approaching empirical data in the humanities
- An interest in or familiarity with GIS and Approximate Bayesian Computation.
- An interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary work. Applicants need good social and communication skills in order to engage in cross-disciplinary cooperation with project team members and establish external collaborations
- Fluency in written and spoken English
The position is offered with a view to attracting talented applicants with an excellent and well-documented track record in innovative and internationally recognised research in Digital Humanities and a specialisation in Classical Archaeology or History.
The successful applicant and the PI share responsibility for the project’s work package concerning the reconstruction of past social networks from ancient Latin or Greek inscriptions. This involves the collection of data through computer scripting from open access online databases and prosopographical studies, with a focus on commercial, professional/political and kinship information about individuals in the Roman Empire revealed through inscriptions. The applicant will critically analyse data, and will develop fully documented and reproducible social network reconstructions, that will be published in academic journals and deposited on the project’s data repository. This work will be supervised by the PI, Prof. Andrew Wilson (University of Oxford) and Dr Kristoffer Nielbo (Centre for Humanities Computing, AU). She/he is expected to collaborate on disciplinary and interdisciplinary publications with project team members on the topic of past social networks and the Roman inscriptions. The successful applicant needs good social and communication skills in order to engage in cross-disciplinary cooperation with project team members.The successful applicant will be expected to:
- Develop their research within the framework provided by The Past Social Networks Project, in cooperation with the PI and other project members
- Develop the project’s past social network reconstructions based on Roman Latin or Greek inscriptions
- Lead code development for the extraction, analysis, reconstruction, deposition and documentation of Roman social networks following Open Science principles
- Work both independently and collaboratively with the PI, experts and postdocs from other disciplines, in particular classical studies, archaeology, computer science and history, with a view to presenting and discussing network reconstructions, empirical data, ideas and results
- Present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals
- Contribute to the organisation of networking events, research and educational workshops and an international conference hosted by the project
How to Apply?
Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 9192
- A concise statement of their motivation for applying for the position (maximum two pages)
- A CV (maximum four pages)
- A maximum of five publications. Please note that only submitted publications will be assessed: a list of publications is not sufficient. Applications to which no publications are attached will not be assessed
- List of publications
- Teaching portfolio
Past research achievements will be assessed based on the active research time of the applicant in question. We therefore ask applicants to specify any career breaks they have had [for instance due to maternity/paternity leave) in order to gauge their research productivity.
Only submitted publications will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient. As a result, applications without submitted publications will not be assessed.
References or recommendations should not be included with the application. Applicants who are selected for a job interview may be asked to provide professional references.
About the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions
The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) directed by Prof. Rubina Raja was founded in 2015 as a groundbreaking archaeological research initiative exploring the evolution of urbanism and urban networks from the Hellenistic Period to the Middle Ages. The centre is based at Aarhus University, School of Culture and Society, and is funded as a Centre of Excellence by the Danish National Research Foundation.
UrbNet aims to compare the archaeology of urbanism from medieval Northern Europe to the ancient Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean World, and determine how – and to what extent – urban networks catalysed societal and environmental expansions and crises in the past. The centre is firmly rooted in the humanities but enjoys close, collaborative ties with the natural sciences.UrbNet aims to advance the understanding of the historical process of urban evolution, and it does so by developing the ability of archaeology to characterise the scale and pace of events and processes. Recently developed scientific techniques afford the potential for archaeology to refine the precision of dates, contexts and provenance ascribed to excavated materials. UrbNet’s key ambition has been to integrate these new forms of data as a new, high-definition approach to the study of global and interregional dynamics.
UrbNet’s work comprises projects that intersect questions and problems concerning urban development and networks in the regions from Northern Europe via the Levant to the East Coast of Africa. It involves elaborate work on empirical material from a number of existing excavation projects, and the centre aims to make substantial contributions to theoretical and methodological developments in the field.Read more (UrbNet).
The School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society, the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:
- From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From local questions to global challenges
The school’s ambition is to produce compelling research with an international resonance and to offer teaching and talent development of the highest quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society as a whole, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.
For further information about the school, please see http://cas.au.dk/en/.
- Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).
- Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
- Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities .
- Further information on the application and supplementary materials may be found in Application Guidelines.
- The application must outline the applicant's motivation for applying for the position, attaching a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, copies of degree certificates and examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples). Please upload this material electronically along with your application.
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For further information about the position and project, please contact the Principal Investigator Tom Brughmans by email: [email protected]
For further information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn ([email protected])
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