Research Engineer (developers) specialising in visualization, one or more

Ref PAR 2022/1443

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Subject area

Data visualization, simulation, data science, machine learning, digital humanities, archaeology, digital cultural heritage.

 

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is looking for a research engineer with a focus on visualization. CDH is a dynamic workplace where all employees have good opportunities to influence the work flow. The tasks are varied, and as a research engineer, you have many opportunities for acquiring new and advanced subject area knowledge as well as great scope for personal development and initiatives of your own. We look forward to welcoming you to our work team; for more information about us, please visit our website gu.se/digital-humaniora and our research portal dh.gu.se/

Digital humanities is a new and rapidly expanding field of research and education that combines information technology with the humanities and social sciences. CDH is open to researchers, teaching staff and doctoral students working at the University of Gothenburg as well as at other Swedish and international higher education institutions, research institutes and cultural heritage organisations. In addition to expertise in several humanities disciplines, we have expertise in digital technology and method development, data management and digital knowledge theory. More specific areas include: Digital text and data mining, textual analysis, spatio-temporal data visualisation, 3D visualisations (object and spatial contexts), AI and image recognition, virtual and augmented reality simulation, agent-based simulations, historical environment modelling, critical digital humanities, archive and interface design, information modelling and data management for the humanities, network and cluster analysis, and statistical analysis for the humanities.  

CDH operates a forward-looking activity in line with national research council directives and is currently part of three national research infrastructures. The successful applicant will work primarily on projects linked to InfraVis.  

Description of InfraVis
InfraVis is a national research infrastructure funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) in support of scientific advancement through the application of state-of-the-art data analysis and visualization techniques. The goals of InfraVis are to significantly improve data analysis support, address new challenges involving large and complex data and create competitive advantages for Swedish researchers. The infrastructure consists of visualization experts working with various software solutions and access to high-end visualization laboratories. To build an infrastructure with national coverage, we have pooled together nine visualization environments in Sweden interconnected in a nodal structure. The nodes will be hosted in proximity to research environments in visualization, which will enable direct access to the research front as well as to state-of-art facilities. Working together in a Gothenburg node, University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University share both resources and expertise. More information about InfraVis: https://infravis.se/

 

Duties 

The position entails working within the framework of the Centre for Digital Humanities and the successful applicant is expected to develop and contribute their skills in data analysis, visualization and simulation to the national infrastructure InfraVis. Data analysis is an increasingly important part of the researcher’s workflow, but also a challenge since it can involve very large and complex data sets. Visualization is an important tool for activating our capacity to recognise patterns and detect trends. As an expert within Infravis, the successful applicant will assist research projects in identifying and developing the most efficient methods or tools for analysing, exploring and visualizing data.  

The successful applicant will contribute their skills in data analysis and visualization in research projects, and independently support and cooperate with researchers at the University of Gothenburg and with external partners. The successful applicant is expected to participate in the development of the Centre for Digital Humanities and to strengthen existing infrastructures for research in digital cultural heritage. The position involves working in an international and multidisciplinary research environment with regular meetings, workshops and seminars. 

 

Qualifications 

Expertise requirements

  • Master’s degree in computer science, data science, mathematics or related field specialising in numerical simulation, data analysis or visualization.
  • Documented experience working with data analysis, machine learning, and the visualization of data sets, online or offline.
  • Excellent programming skills (e.g., Python, R, or JavaScript).         
  • Good communication skills in speech and writing and good ability to cooperate with others. 

 The following are also considered a plus

  • In particular, experience working with large and complex systems whose development has a long-term perspective.
  • Experience of interdisciplinary work or research.
  • Experience in web development and interactive visualization.
  • Experience of front-end development.
  • Interest in the humanities and digital cultural heritage.

 

Employment 

Type of employment: Permanent
Extent: 100 %
Location: The Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment: As soon as possible or by agreement

 

Contact information for the post 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: 

Cecilia Lindhé, Director, Centre for Digital Humanities
Telephone: +46 738 299901
cecilia.lindhe@lir.gu.se

Katarina Leppänen, Head of Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Telephone: +46(0)31-786 5872
katarina.leppanen@lir.gu.se

 

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

 

Application 

To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to create an account in our recruitment system. Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline. 

 

Your application should include: 

  • A personal letter in which you describe why you have applied for the position
  • CV including any publications and referees
  • Degree certificate and/or official transcript of records, or equivalent, of completed courses, or work experience.

 

Applications must be received by: 2022-12-01

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.