Tallinn University (TLU) is launching a European Commission funded ERA Chair project on Cultural Data Analytics (CUDAN). As a first step we seek to fill the Chair itself – a professorship in cultural data analytics. This would offer a unique possibility for an internationally established scholar in digital humanities, digital culture studies or in digital data analytics to head a new research and innovation unit in the emergent interdisciplinary field.
The ERA Chair will, as a whole, link existing Tallinn University capabilities of in digital culture studies, cultural theory, data analytics, open data projects, cultural policy studies and creative and media industries studies. As such the project aims at creating synergies across multiple areas, in order to connect and combine various data sources to cultural practices of both consumption and production. Reflecting this CUDAN is in effect a cooperation project between three TLU schools – School of Humanities, School of Digital Technologies and the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM).
ERA Chair holder will be responsible for the formation of a new research group (7+ researchers). The Chair will also formulate the research directions of the group and will lead the group at least the next 4,5 years until the initial project ends. However, the project/group is expected to continue also later as it expected to secure additional funding. One of the main tasks of the ERA Chair holder is to launch a CUDAN Open Lab – a platform/programme/space for cooperating with a variety of external partners.
Required qualifications and experience for a successful candidate are:
- A PhD degree in digital humanities, digital culture studies or in data analytics;
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in managing research teams and/or planning and implementing research and innovation projects;
- Strong academic background and international reputation in digital humanities/digital culture studies;
- Publications in international peer reviewed journals;
- Experience in supervision of PhD students;
- Experience in forming and managing research teams;
- Experience in planning new research projects;
- Experience in coordination of international research projects (e.g. Framework Programme, Horizon 2020);
- Experience in collaborating with both public and private non-academic stakeholders.
For the ERA chair holder, who is expected to reside in Estonia permanently, Tallinn University will offer a monthly basic gross salary of 5200 EUR with possibilities for further remuneration options and diverse employee benefits. The successful candidate will be working in the newly renovated Tallinn University campus that offers excellent infrastructure with advanced technologies and facilities.
The application process starts in January 2019.
This announcement should be considered as preliminary information about the post. The actual call will be published early January with a deadline for applications in February (concrete dates will be published on the project website soon). For registering your interest or for requesting further information, please visit the CUDAN website (http://cudan.tlu.ee).
The project aims at developing an analytical approach, called “Cultural Data Analytics”, which integrates existing Tallinn University strengths in cultural semiotics and cultural theory, data analytics, digital culture studies and creative industries’ studies to work with digitised cultural heritage as well as with born-digital data scraped from contemporary platforms.
The ERA Chair and her/his spearheaded Open Lab cooperation platform will cooperate with multiple external partners, both public and private, in order to collect, analyse and use digital cultural data, to better understand contemporary cultural dynamics and incorporate this understanding into public cultural service designs, and cultural and creative industries policies.
The expected impact of CUDAN reaches from introducing new ways to coordinate research, develop new research methods, apply the research results for developing new cultural services and policies, facilitate thematic cooperation between academia, creative and cultural industries, the public sector and civil society.