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Appel à candidatures: Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Web Mapping/Online Education & Oral History


Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Concordia University

Concordia University in Montreal, Canada is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships valued at $47,500 per year for 16 months, in the following discipline:

Research program title:  Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Web Mapping/Online Education & Oral History
Supervisor(s): Dr. Steven High, Department of History;

Dr. Sébastien Caquard, Department of Geography, Environment and Planning.

Program description (up to 200 words): Based at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Geomedia Lab, the Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the technological and/or the pedagogical development of the Living Archives Toolkit and Platform of the Rwandan Diaspora, a public online platform that will enable researchers, educators, students, and survivors themselves to access 34 recorded life story interviews. This program is supported by two interlocking SSHRC-funded projects and is developed in collaboration with Page-Rwanda, representing the friends and family of those lost in 1994.

The platform will be built on two existing open source applications: Stories Matter (http://storytelling.concordia.ca/storiesmatter/), developed by High and colleagues to enable the access to audiovisual life stories and Atlascine, designed by Caquard and colleagues to enable the mapping of stories in general http://atlascine3.classone-tech.com/index.html). Depending on her/his background and expertise, the postdoctoral Fellow will be in charge of either implementing methodological and technological solutions to enable the interfacing between Atlascine and Stories Matter or to develop the online living archive platform and associated pedagogical modules. This Fellowship is envisioned as a way to respond to the wider need to develop new ways to access, share, listen, visualize, map and analyse the recorded stories of survivors of mass violence.

Academic qualifications required: The postdoctoral fellowship will bring to Concordia a university researcher (open discipline) interested in online education and/or in digital tools development. The candidate will need to demonstrate expertise in either digital pedagogical or computer programming. S/he will also need to demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively with a range of partners, as well as a real interest in both oral history and web cartography. Speaking and understanding French will definitely be asset.  Finally, the candidate will need to demonstrate an active publication profile since s/he will be involved in the academic dissemination of the results of this project through publications and oral presentations.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy

Timeline and Application Process:

Application deadline: December 8, 2017

Fellowship start date: January 8, 2018 (negotiable)

Submission process: all documents must be submitted to Steven High at steven.high@concordia.ca .

Application checklist:

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages).
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to: Steven High (steven.high@concordia.ca )

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.



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