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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research assistantship (80%, 1y) in philosophy / digital humanities, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS


The Axiom Group has a vacancy for a

*Research Assistant (f/m) * *Philosophy/Digital Humanities* *Postmaster 
**level* *0.8 fte for 12 months

The Axiom Group  investigates the dynamics of 
scientific concepts such *truth*, *explanation*, *(logical) form* and * 
organism* in historical texts from 18th-20th century Europe. These 
concepts are central to axiomatic and semantics and relevant to logic, 
mathematics and biology. The group is led by Arianna Betti and organised 
around the ERC Starting Grant Tarski's Revolution: A New History ? 
Semantics and Axiomatics from Bolzano to Tarski against the Background of 
the Classical Model of Science.  We are 
complementing our current research methodology with existing digital tools 
and host various projects in digital humanities, among which the ERC Proof 
of Concept GLAMMap, the CLARIN-NL project PhilosTEI and the text-mining 
project Phil@scale, in collaboration with computer scientists, 
computational linguists and librarians, and projects such as Europeana and 
WorldCat. As of 1 September 2013, the Axiom Group will be based at the 
Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of 
Amsterdam/Institute of Logic, Language, and Computation (ILLC). We also 
belong to and collaborate closely with The Network Institute at the VU 
University Amsterdam, an interdisciplinary institute connecting 
mathematics & informatics with social sciences and humanities. We have an 
extended international network of contacts and joint research & teaching 
initiatives. * *

*Job description*
*We are looking for a Research Assistant (RA) to support our projects. The
ideal candidate is a born organiser: a flexible, accurate, highly
team-oriented person, capable of working independently, of quickly
adjusting to changes of plan, with outstanding social and communicative
skills. The RA supports the internal and the external workings of the Axiom
group by monitoring and taking care of the more practical and collaborative
aspects of its internal workings, as well as of its external, digital
presence in the internet. The main tasks of the RA fall into three

    - ICT and social media technical support;
    - Personal Assistantship & PR;
    - Research Assistantship proper.

The tasks include, but are not limited to, updating the website creatively,
finding relevant literature for papers in philosophy and digital
humanities, proofreading documents, investigating opportunities to improve
research collaboration, (co-) attract attention to calls for funding or for
papers, (co)organizing events (such as conferences and research meetings),
taking minutes, drafting reports, booking tickets, answering e-mails,
updating and setting up (simple) budgets, and do basic PR using social
media creatively and resourcefully.
ICT tasks are geared towards the use and adaptation of research team tools
such as Papyrs and Zotero, and their integration with social media. This
involves mashups, simple scripting, and investigating user forums for
solutions. We also need assistance with non-trivial installation of
software, including new software developed within the group itself.
By working closely with a diverse, interdisciplinary and dynamic research
group as a Research Assistant you will receive valuable direct and indirect
research training, and develop skills which are relevant for a future
career in academia. Depending on qualifications and entity of
contributions, you might be invited to co-author original papers.
Moreover, this job enables you to enlarge your network, since you are
expected to take active part in the (inter)national events and meetings
that you (co-) organise, as well as (co-) representing the group to various
events, for instance by presenting posters.


    - A MA or MSc in philosophy, logic, digital humanities or other relevant
    - knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (and/or Apple equivalents)
    and reference software (such as Mendeley and Zotero);
    - scripting abilities and experience with HTML or similar (or the
    willingness to learn this independently);
    - experience with social media, including creative (micro)blogging;
    - outstanding social & communicative skills;
    - being able and willing to work in a team and an interdisciplinary
    - excellent, preferably near-native, English.

Our team is international, diverse, gender-balanced and flexible regarding
working times, habits and team organization.

We aim to start the position no later than 15 September 2013.

The complete vacancy, and information on application, can be found here: