The ILK Research Group of the Tilburg centre for Creative Computing at Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands, and the International Institute for Social History, IISH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, are seeking:
Vacancy number 500.09.10, 4 years, fulltime
Vacancy number 500.09.11, 3 years, fulltime
Vacancy number 500.09.12, 4 years, fulltime
to form the team for the HITIME ("Historical Timeline Mining and
Extraction") project, funded within the CATCH (Continuous Access to Cultural
Heritage) programme of NWO, the
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The HITIME team will
be affiliated to Tilburg University,
and will be bi-located at IISH and Tilburg University.
Summary of the project
HITIME, "Historical Timeline Mining and Extraction", is a text
analytics project applied to history. HITIME aims at the development
of a software toolkit for historical text analytics that allows for
the conversion of a heterogeneous collection of sources documenting a
period in history, such as the tumultuous history of the social and
labor movements, into a "historical web of domain knowledge", an
associative network of historically relevant entities and their
relations, linked to the timeline. This network is browsable and
searchable with textually as well as visually oriented interfaces
using timelines, maps, and network viewers. Humanities researchers can
utilize the interface to obtain answers to questions that now take
large, if not unrealistic amounts of human effort to answer.
The large-scale analysis provided by the HITIME toolkit would allow
linking between persons, locations, organizations, occupations, and
events such as strikes and revolts. The latter category, event
detection, will be a major focus: the project aims to forward the
state-of-the-art in the automatic detection of events by drawing on
and combining insights from entity recognition, paraphrasing, and
co-reference resolution. Outcomes of the project will find direct
application in social history research into people collectives, and in
producing prosopographies (group biographies) and social network
The Ph.D. student is required to have a honours / M.Sc. or M.A.-degree
(or equivalent) in computational linguistics or computer
science. He/she has a proven knowledge of and experience with text
analytics applications or data mining / machine learning (please send
term papers, theses, or project reports). Programming experience is
The postdoc researcher holds a Ph.D. in computer science or a
multidisciplinary field with a strong computer science component, such
as computational linguistics or computational history, and has proven
experience in databases, data mining, or text analytics, and in software
development (as witnessed in project reports, deliverable reports,
and/or the Ph.D. thesis). Programming skills are highly desired.
The scientific programmer has a B.Sc. or honours / M.Sc. in computer
science (or equivalent). He/she is knowledgeable in software
development and has excellent programming skills (C(++), Java, python,
perl) and database expertise; preferably knowledge and expertise in
Applications should include cover letter, CV, and names of two
references, and should be sent before the application deadline of
April 15, 2009, to solliciterenGW@uvt.nl, or by regular mail to Human
Resource Management, Faculty of Humanities, Room D302, Tilburg
University, P.O. Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands.
In your letter, please refer to vacancy code:
500.09.10 - PhD student;
It is the policy of the university to increase the number of women
employed. Also members of ethnic minority groups and handicapped
people are expressly invited to apply.
500.09.11 - Post-doc researcher;
500.09.12 - Scientific programmer
Terms of employment
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering
excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of
Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will get a
contract (full-time) for one year, which is concluded by an
evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation the
candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining
- The PhD student will receive a starting salary of EUR 2,042
gross per month in the first year, up to EUR 2,612 in the fourth year.
- The Post-doc researcher will be ranked as a researcher (4)
with a starting fulltime salary of minimally EUR 2,379 up to EUR 3,755
gross per month.
- The scientific programmer position, ranked as developer ICT
(4), has a gross monthly salary between EUR 2,492 and EUR 3,422 full
Tilburg University is a modern,
specialized university. Its education and research are of high
quality. Students and employees experience Tilburg University as an
environment in which they are challenged and inspired. Moreover, it
offers excellent fringe benefits and a corporate culture in which
commitment and cooperation are central themes.
Faculty of Humanities, Department of Communication and Information Sciences, Tilburg centre for Creative Computing
Research and education of the Department of Communication and Information Sciences is organized around the themes of discourse studies, communication and cognition, human-computer interaction, business communication and digital media. The inspiring working environment stimulates its employees to realize their ambitions.
The departement hosts a newly established Tilburg center of Creative Computing
(TiCC). It is an inspiring, leading scientific research and education
centre that focusses on research into artificial intelligence,
human-computer interaction, knowledge access and discovery, and games.
The International Institute of Social History (IISH) collects
information in the field of social history and makes it available to
the public. The IISH is one of the major scientific heritage
institutions in the Netherlands. In the field of socio-economic
historical research IISH plays a prominent role.
The Digital Infrastructure (DI) department develops and manages
information systems of strategic importance to IISH. The development
projects are carried out by cross-departmental teams, with
interdisciplinary expertise. They are internationally oriented and
focused on practical implementation and embedding in the organisation.
For more information about the project please contact Antal van den Bosch via email (Antal.vdnBosch@uvt.nl) or telephone (+31.13.466.3117).