Assistant Professor Digital Humanities with focus on text analysis

Research / Academic
  • Developing innovative research projects that take full advantage of digital sources and methods, to design, and implement teaching programmes in Digital Humanities and to collaborate with digital humanities research across the university;
  • Coordinating DH activities in the Leiden University Center for Digital Humanities (LUHCD), across the Humanities Faculty and with other faculties and units such as the Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science, the University Library, and the Data Science Centre;
  • Designing and teaching courses and give training for staff and students at all levels;
  • Advising on technical design and implementation of humanities research projects;
  • Generating research funding and assisting in the development of digital humanities research proposals;
  • Developing collaborative research projects with university, national, and international partners;
  • Authoring and co-authoring DH research outputs.


  • We are looking for candidates with an area of specialisation in text analysis (including text and image mark-up, text-mining, corpus linguistics, named entity recognition, topic modelling, machine learning, etc);
  • PhD in digital humanities or computer science or PhD in a humanities field with documented programming skills and experience;
  • Demonstrable interest in and experience with (digital) humanities research;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Project management skills;
  • Experience with teaching or co-teaching;
  • Experience with research funding applications or funded projects;
  • Knowledge of XML and related technologies (including XSLT, XPath, etc.);
  • Familiarity with semantic web technologies such as RDF and UML;
  • Expertise in text mining / machine learning and associated tools (GATE, Apache UIMA, etc.);
  • Competence in a scripting language such as Python or Perl;
  • Awareness of technical standards for data curation and web delivery;
  • Familiarity with corpus linguistics methods;
  • Expertise in topic modelling.

Salary Benefits:

We offer a fixed-term post from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2021. Salary range from €3637,- to €4978,- gross per month (pay scale 11 , in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information at

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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