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Post-doc (f/m) History of Architecture and Urbanism
Published(1119 days ago)
Deadline for applications(1090 days ago)
TU DelftDelft (Niederlande)
Post-doc: History of Architecture & Urbanism (ArchiMediaL project)
Faculty/department: Architecture & the Built Environment Level: PhD degree Maximum employment: Maximum of 38 hours per week (1 FTE) Duration of contract: 3 years Salary scale: €3427 to €4691 per month gross
Architecture & the Built Environment
Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a
solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its
research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with
around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of
Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally.
Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of
the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology,
which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million,
of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.
The Department of Architecture at the TU Delft provides high-quality educational programmes and conducts advanced
academic research at an internationally competitive level of excellence in the field of architecture, with a strong
focus on the social and cultural relevance of architectural knowledge and architectural design. The Department attracts
an important number of international and Dutch students, academics and practitioners, thus holding a key position among
the five departments that make up the Faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft.
This postdoctoral position is embedded in the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at the TU Delft. We
are looking for a motivated and skilled post- doctoral researcher to conduct cutting-edge research in architectural
and urban history within the context of the digital humanities project "ArchiMediaL" funded by a Volkswagen Foundation
Grant. This research is designed in collaboration with a second post-doctoral researcher working on Deep Learning for
Image Analysis with Semantic Web and Knowledge Representation.
The research will take place in the context of the interdisciplinary digital humanities project ArchiMediaL, focused on
enriching and linking historical architectural and urban image collections. The post-doctoral researcher in architectural
and urban history will collaborate closely with members of the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at the
TU Delft and with computer scientists researching Deep Learning for Image Analysis (TU Delft) and Semantic Web and Knowledge
Representation (VU Amsterdam). The postdoctoral researcher will provide the intellectual and hermeneutic framework for the
development of new tools for automatic building recognition of architectures and their parts as available in inherently
diverse digital media (plans, photos, models, etc.) and on the web. He/she will facilitate the development and linking
of metadata and image content and reflect on the relevance of available data and further research for comparative
investigation of contemporary and historic built form. The collaboration of historians of architecture and urban
form with computer scientists will allow us to close gaps in existing data fields and allow us to gain better
understanding of understudied areas. The project will cover three specific case studies: the open access repository
of colonial architecture located at the TU Delft, photographs, postcards and other illustrations of Japan from the
late 19th and the early 20th century, and digital imagery of waterfronts and port cities. It will develop new
guidelines and methods for the meaningful analysis of architectural and urban history and the use of diverse and
large digital (or to be digitised) datasets in three development cycles.
The post-doctoral researcher will
Collaborate with computer scientists in regard to digital media as a historical artifact.
Prevent the de-contextualisation of the images, their reduction to pure datasets.
Identify search themes to be used by the computer post-doc.
Question the workings of the computer code to avoid the reproduction of biases and to specify the informational needs of potential users.
Guide the parameters for the analysis of three specific use repositories.
Write scientific publications and reports.
Participate in workshops and conferences.
Support the research group with administration and teaching.
Write follow-up grants.
The applicant will hold a PhD in a related field and have excellent English skills.
Note: There is a preference for a German passport holder.
Conditions of employment
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships,
and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s
Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying
partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Carola Hein, C.M.Hein@tudelft.nl.
To apply, please send a detailed CV with a list of academic publications, names of two references,
and select samples of writings along with a letter of application by 2 March 2017 to Caro Coemans,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be assessed until the position is filled. When applying for
this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017-01.
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