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[Nettime-nl] 3-month Postdoctoral Fellowship (KNAW, Amsterdam)

Virtual Knowledge Studio, 3-month Postdoctoral Fellowship, KNAW, Amsterdam

Applications are invited for three-month fellowships within the
Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences
(VKS), a programme funded by the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy for Arts
and Sciences). The VKS aims to support researchers in the humanities
and social sciences in the creation of new scholarly practices,
termed here e-research, as well as in their reflection on e-research
in relation to the development of their fields.

A core feature of the VKS is the integration of design and analysis
in a close co-operation between social scientists, humanities
researchers, information technology experts, and information
scientists. This integrated approach aims to provide insight into the
ways in which e-research can contribute to new research questions and
methods in the humanities and social sciences.

The Virtual Knowledge Studio has the following goals:

    * to contribute to the design and conceptualisation of novel
scholarly practices in the humanities and social sciences;
    * to support scholars in their experimental play with new ways of
doing research and emerging forms of collaboration and communication;
    * to facilitate the travel of new methods, practices, resources
and techniques across different disciplines;
    * to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of
knowledge creation.

The fellowship is designed for junior scholars who have recently
received their PhDs in order to provide the following: experience of
working within an interdisciplinary research group, an opportunity to
prepare material for publication and to develop new research ideas.
During the three months of the fellowship, a senior member of the VKS
staff will act as mentor.


    * Deliver research seminar within internal VKS research meetings
during first month.
    * Prepare at least one publication (in which VKS should be
acknowledged upon publication). A draft of the publication should be
circulated no later than 2 weeks before the end of the fellowship in
order to enable feedback to be given before the end of the fellowship.
    * Prepare outline proposal for new research project.
    * Attend all research meetings (held every 2-3 weeks) during
period of fellowship and be present at the VKS on a regular basis.


* PhD in relevant field, from a university in the Netherlands or abroad.
* In most cases, the PhD should have been awarded no more than 12
months prior to the application deadline
* You will receive a total of 10,000 euro to cover your
accommodation and other costs.
* You will be expected to cover most travel as well as insurance
and other costs yourself.
* You will be reimbursed for the costs of one return trip
(economy/2nd class) between your main place of residence and Amsterdam.
* You will be provided with shared office space and a PC.
There is no formal application form. Applications are welcome in any
area of the work of the VKS. Applications are welcome from both Dutch
and non-Dutch candidates. To apply, please send your curriculum
vitae, a 2-page statement outlining what you will work on while at
the VKS and why you want to be based at the VKS, a copy of a
publication or dissertation chapter, and the names and addresses of
two referees.

Two fellowships will be awarded each year. The next two periods, with
deadlines, are:

    * Autumn 2007 (deadline: 15 May 2007)
    * Spring 2008 (deadline: 1 October 2007)

Exact dates of the fellowship will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Application materials should be sent to: Jeannette Haagsma, VKS,
Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam, The Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)20
850 0282, email:

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