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[ecrea] Tallinn University seeks an ERA Chair professor and team leader in cultural data analytics
Tue Oct 02 18:31:09 GMT 2018
ERA Chair vacancy announcement for a professor in cultural data
analytics (starting in summer 2019)
Tallinn University (TLU - https://www.tlu.ee/) is launching a European
Commission funded ERA Chair project on Cultural Data Analytics (CUDAN -
http://cudan.tlu.ee) . 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) for which there is funding. 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
• 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
For the ERA chair holder, who is expected to reside in Estonia, 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) or contact the current project manager prof.
Indrek Ibrus, (indrek.ibrus /at/ tlu.ee)
Find more about living and working in the digitally advanced and
affordable Estonia here: http://researchinestonia.eu/ ;
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
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.
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