Job Vacancy: Three-Year Postdoc in Machine Learning

The Early Modern History Research Group at KU Leuven is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position on the European Research Council funded project “Regionalizing Infrastructures in Chinese History.” This project examines how large-scale infrastructures such as roads, city walls, and bridges contributed to regional and empire-wide integration, but equally why and how processes of integration regularly broke down, and how large-scale infrastructure projects contributed to countervailing trends including local tensions, local autonomy, and cross-border regional formations.

The postdoctoral fellow will be mainly responsible for 1) developing named entity recognition for infrastructure in Chinese archaeological reports and historical documents; 2) collaborating with a developer and international partners on the further development of the MARKUS platform , esp. a module for machine learning; 3) (co-)authoring articles on machine learning for NER and platform development ; 4) coordinating research and development with other team members.

Profile of the ideal candidate:

  • PhD in the field of computer science, digital archaeology, digital humanities, or related field
  • demonstrable advanced knowledge of NLP, machine learning methods, including neural networks
  • an interest in archaeological and historical research
  • a cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research
  • good communication skills in English
  • Chinese language ability is a plus but not required

The deadline to apply for this position is 31 May 2022. Interviews will take place in August 2022. The starting date for this position is 1 October 2022 (exact date negotiable). For a more detailed description of the vacancy, the desired qualifications and skills, and the application procedure see the full vacancy text.

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