Fully-funded PhD position in Digital Humanities at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

15 Sep 2020 (All day)

The Laboratory for the History of Science and Technology (LHST) at EPFL invites applications for one full-time PhD position within the EPFL PhD program in Digital Humanities (EDDH), working at the intersection between computer science and history.

The successful candidate will analyze a large corpus of English and American patents (18th-20th century) to develop their own research project around the following historical and methodological topics: the history of technological innovation; the rise and development of intellectual property; the evolution of legal and technological language; semantic information extraction by combining text-based and image-based methods; alignment and document analysis of textual and pictorial publications; the development of a representation model for complex historical sources.

Profile:

- Applicants should hold a master’s degree in science, engineering, the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in digital humanities. Candidates who have a dual background in the sciences and the humanities (e.g., a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.A. in History) or can demonstrate knowledge and interest in both domains are particularly encouraged to apply.

- Technical expertise in (one or several of) the following fields: applied statistics; data science; programming (e.g., Python); natural language processing; machine learning; computational linguistics. The successful candidate will further develop their skills by attending the EDDH doctoral school.

- Fluent English; French and/or German an asset. The dissertation can be written in English, French or German.

- Interest in working in a collaborative, interdisciplinary and international environment.

- Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply; applications from women are especially welcome.

What we offer:

- LHST is a young and dynamic lab with an interdisciplinary perspective and an interest in experimenting with innovative methods in the digital humanities. The lab is a member of the Digital Humanities Institute at EPFL and of the joint University of Lausanne-EPFL dhCenter. The lab also hosts a rich collection of historical scientific instruments.

- EPFL provides an excellent and stimulating research and teaching environment as well as a dynamic and lively international campus with a vibrant student life.

- Located on Lake Geneva, Lausanne is a picturesque city with various possibilities for recreational and cultural activities.

Starting date: January 1, 2021 (flexible)

Duration: 4 years.

Terms of employment: Fixed-term at 100% work rate. EPFL offers internationally competitive salaries and generous research support.

Deadline for application: September 15, 2020.

How to apply: Via the EPFL doctoral school online application (please note that only completed applications will be reviewed). For further information about applying for a PhD at EPFL, see the page PhD admission criteria and application.

Contact: For more information about the position, please contact jerome.baudry@epfl.ch