JOB: Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Digital Humanities (German), University of California - Santa Barbara (22.11.2019)

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University of California - Santa Barbara

Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Digital Humanities (German)


Institution Type:  College / University
Location:  California, United States
Position:  Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Digital Humanities (German)


The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies is seeking a candidate for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) position whose work connects European history and theory with the computer-based knowledge and technological cultures of today, both in teaching and research.


Candidates should ideally be able to contribute to the department’s strengths in the history of science and technology, media studies, literature, critical theory, philosophy, and art history, by providing a historical and philosophical perspective on the growing field of Digital Humanities. The candidate should have a strong humanist background and expertise in computer science, digital humanities, media art, interface design, creative coding, or project-experience in commensurable fields, and would add both a critical and explorative perspective on social, political, and cultural framings and effects of these technologies. The candidate would participate in a number of already existing and further evolving initiatives in the Digital Humanities at UC Santa Barbara.


Applicants are expected to have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in German and/or Comparative Literature, German and/or European Philosophy or Media Studies, Media Arts, Computer Science, or a commensurable field, except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application. Shortlisted candidates may be asked for available parts of the dissertation; the dissertation is expected to be completed at time of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in German and English are required. Advanced knowledge in computer languages such as C++ or Python, with a possible focus on machine learning, is desirable. The candidate should be able to contribute to existing initiatives such as the Graduate Center for Literary Research, the German track in Comparative Literature, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of UC Santa Barbara. Our excellence relies on faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. The program is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. We strongly encourage applicants to submit its an optional statement of contributions to diversity. The statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



To ensure full consideration, application materials must be submitted online via UC Recruit


Please submit (1) cover letter, (2) statement of research (recent and planned), (3) statement of teaching experience and philosophy, (4) curriculum vita, (5) arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted, (6) two writing samples in English or German consisting of not more than 20 pages of material each, (7) statement of contributions to diversity (optional, but strongly encouraged), and (8) two syllabi for proposed classes in the candidate's field(s). One of the writing samples can optionally also describe or refer to a candidate's digital project(s). (Digital projects, data, code, etc., should be presented by means of links in the writing sample along with specific suggestions for what evaluators should look at.) Primary consideration will be given to complete applications received by Nov. 22 2019. The position will remain open until filled. The appointment begins July 1, 2020. Inquiries about the position may be sent to

Primary Category:Digital Humanities
Secondary Categories:European History / Studies
German History / Studies
Comparative Literature
Media Studies
Posting Date:10/29/2019
Closing Date01/26/2020