Bowdoin College, in support of its Digital and Computational Studies Initiative (DCSI), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social Sciences starting Fall 2013. The appointment will be for two years with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. The ideal candidate may come from any social science discipline and will have a demonstrated commitment to integrating computational methodologies in their scholarship and instruction. Responsibilities of the position include helping to craft and launch the new program in digital and computational studies; assisting in the creation of new courses that introduce students to multi-disciplinary approaches to computational studies; supporting social science faculty in modifying existing courses to include computational methodologies; and helping to provide statistical and modeling support for faculty and students in the social sciences. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to teach two courses per year, normally one course per semester. This may include team-teaching. The first DCS course, Gateway to the Digital Humanities, will be offered in Fall 2013. The second DCS course—to be offered in Spring 2014 with the support of this post-doctoral fellow—will be Gateway to the Computational Social Sciences.
The rising importance of digital and computational methods is transforming higher education and, in particular, the traditional view of the liberal arts. The liberal arts, broadly speaking, also have the power—perhaps the responsibility—to participate in and shape the development, use, and interpretative capabilities of these tools. Bowdoin’s Digital and Computational Studies Initiative involves faculty from across the College working together to integrate new technologies and forms of creative expression and knowledge production into our curriculum and our scholarship. The new Postdoctoral Fellow will be both a resource and a catalyst for these efforts. More information on the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative will be found at our website:
Bowdoin values a strong commitment to research and a promise of successful scholarly engagement as well as a dedication to teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. Ph.D. preferred, but the quality of the applicant is more important than the extent of his or her credentials.
Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Applications should consist of a completed application profile, a cover letter discussing the candidate’s experience and plans for incorporating computation into their scholarship and teaching, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Founded in 1794 on the Maine coast, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, its intimate size, strong sense of community, commitment to diversity (31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students), and treasured links with the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine. Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment or in our education programs.
Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching. For further information about the College and Midcoast Maine please see our website at http://www.bowdoin.edu.