Lev Manovich on Sat, 19 May 2007 19:47:07 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Job search - Postdoctoral Researcher in software studies at UCSD

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

We are currently recruiting for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a new
Software Studies initiative at UCSD.

The researcher will work with  Dr. Lev Manovich  (Professor, Visual Arts )
and Dr. Noah Wardrip-Fruin >  (Assistant Professor, Communication )
and will play a key role in research and field-building activities.

The goals of Software Studies initiative <http://softwaretheory.net/>  at
UCSD are:
    * to foster research and develop models and tools for the study of
software from the perspectives of cultural criticism, humanities, and social
    * to help establish the new field of "software studies" which will
complement existing research in cyberculture and new media;
    * to investigate how next generation cyberinfrastructure technologies
can be used by humanists, social scientists, and cultural practitioners

For an introduction to "software studies," see:

Software Studies Workshop, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, February 2006

The position is full time (40 hrs/week). The initial appointment is for 1
year, with the possibility for renewal. The position comes with full
benefits covered by UCSD  (http://research.ucsd.edu/postdoc/benefits.aspx).
The starting salary range is USD 38,000 - 42,000. The selected candidate can
start immediately.

    * a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, information science, or
related interdisciplinary area which is completed and defended before
starting the position at UCSD;
    * broad understanding of contemporary global culture and familiarity
with current debates in one or more cultural fields;
    * familiarity with current IT developments, and understanding of Web 2.0
concepts and social media optimization;
    * the ability to write engaging and jargon-free texts that are
accessible to diverse global audiences

    * experience installing and using research-oriented software tools
(e.g., data mining tools, GIS packages, visualization technologies,
databases, and/or other software used in digital humanities);
    * understanding of programming language and system integration concepts;
some practical experience with computer programming or scripting;
    * previous experience working with computer scientists on joint
    * previous research projects and/or publications which address software
from the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences, or cultural
criticism (for example: the history of software forms, work practices shaped
by software infrastructures, studies of software operations and/or code).

This position is supported by the UCSD Division of the California Institute
for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the Center
for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) . Housing over 900 faculty,
graduate students, and staff researchers, Calit2 is developing
next-generation cyberinfrastructure tools with a particular focus on
multidisciplinary collaboration.

Calit2 is located on UCSD campus which is internationally renowned as a
place for study and research in digital art, computer music, and digital
theory. Between the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Communication,
there are close to 30 full-time faculty working in these areas.

The technical facilities and staff support for research in digital media on
the UCSD campus are among the best in the world. They include a number of
state-of-the-art research labs and performance spaces which provide both
current and next-generation tools for immersive visualization, multi-channel
audio spatialization, digital cinema, motion capture, interactive
performance, 3-D fabrication, and computer gaming research.

The position is open until filled, but we will begin reviewing applications
June 10th, 2007. For priority consideration, candidates are encouraged to
apply before this date. Applicants should send a current CV with cover
letter to Helena Bristow  (bristow@ucsd.edu) with subject line "Application
for Software Studies Postdoc Position."

Manovich and Wardrip-Fruin will be available for preliminary interviews at
the 2007 Digital Humanities conference  during the first week of June, 2007
(http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dh2007/). Please indicate whether you will
be attending DH '07 in your application.

For further information, please contact:
Helena Bristow,
Administrative Director,
Center for Research in Computing and the Arts

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