POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
We are currently recruiting for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a
new Software Studies initiative at UCSD. The researcher will work
with Dr. Lev Manovich (Professor, Visual Arts) and Dr. Noah
Wardrip-Fruin (Assistant Professor, Communication), playing a key
role in all projects and field-building activities.
The goals of Software Studies initiative at UCSD are:
* to foster research and develop models and tools for the study
of software from the perspectives of cultural criticism, the
humanities, and the social sciences;
* to help establish a new field of “software studies” that will
complement existing research in cyberculture and new media;
* to develop projects that will demonstrate how next generation
cyberinfrastructure can be used by humanists, social scientists, and
For an introduction to “software studies,” see: Software Studies
Workshop, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, February 2006.
The position is full time (40 hrs/week). The initial appointment is
for 1 year, with the possibility for renewal. The position comes with
full benefits covered by UCSD. The starting salary range is USD 38,000 – 42,000. The selected candidate can start immediately.
* a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, information science,
or related interdisciplinary area that has been completed and
defended before starting the position at UCSD;
* broad understanding of contemporary global culture and
familiarity with current debates in one or more cultural fields;
* familiarity with current IT developments; understanding of Web
2.0 concepts and social media optimization;
* the ability to write engaging and jargon-free texts that are
accessible to diverse global audiences.
* experience installing and using research-oriented software
tools (e.g., data mining tools, GIS packages, visualization
technologies, databases, and/or other software used in digital
* understanding of programming language and system integration
concepts; practical experience with computer programming or scripting;
* previous experience working with computer scientists on joint projects;
* previous research projects and/or publications which address
software from the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences, or
cultural criticism (for example: the history of software; studies of
software use in the sciences, cultural industries, and other fields;
the analysis of software structures and code).
This position is supported by the UCSD Division of the California
Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). Housing
over 900 faculty, graduate students, and staff researchers, Calit2 is
developing next-generation cyberinfrastructure tools with a
particular focus on multidisciplinary collaboration.
Calit2 is located on the UCSD campus, which is internationally
renowned as a place for study and research in digital art, computer
music, and digital theory. Between the departments of Visual Arts,
Music, and Communication, there are close to 30 full-time faculty
working in these areas.
The technical facilities and staff support for research in digital
media on the UCSD campus are among the best in the world. They
include a number of state-of-the-art research labs and performance
spaces which provide both current and next-generation tools for
immersive visualization, multi-channel audio spatialization, digital
cinema, motion capture, interactive performance, 3-D fabrication, and
computer gaming research. The UCSD campus also houses the San Diego
Supercomputing Center which provides facilities for petascale
computing, data storage, and visualization.
The position is open until filled, but application review will begin
after June 10th, 2007. For priority consideration, candidates are
encouraged to apply before this date. Applicants should send a
current CV with cover letter to Helena Bristow
with subject line “Application for Software Studies Postdoc Position.”
Manovich and Wardrip-Fruin will be available for preliminary
interviews at the 2007 Digital Humanities conference during the first
week of June, 2007. Please indicate whether you will be attending DH ’07 in your application.
For further information, please contact:
Center for Research in Computing and the Arts