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Postdoctoral Fellow in 3D digital content for Digital Cultural Heritage

Vanderbilt University Center for Digital Humanities

Vanderbilt University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in 3D digitization as part of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Cluster situated within the Vanderbilt University Center for Digital Humanities.

Applicants are invited from any relevant discipline including the humanities, library science, museum studies, computer science, data science, or the graphical arts. We are looking for a talented scholar who will train and foster the growing community of students and faculty at Vanderbilt interested in the application of 3D digitization to cultural heritage preservation and research.

The successful applicant will be an effective teacher experienced in introducing beginners to the guidelines 3D digital cultural heritage, as well as work closely with faculty from a broad range of disciplines to develop projects related to 3D digital humanities. These projects may include 3D digitization (scanning, modeling, photogrammetry) for preservation and research, creation of assets or environments for narrative based immersive environments, or experimental applications of novel 3D techniques (e.g. VR/AR or volumetric video).

The successful applicant will be able to collaborate easily with faculty across a range of disciplines. In addition to disciplinary specific background, this applicant will ideally be comfortable with, or willing and able to learn, some of the following applications (or similar): 3ds Max, CAD, Maya, Blender, cityEngine, Photoshop, Unity3D, Unreal, Zbrush as well as applications for photogrammetry, CG art, and additive printing. Basic programming knowledge (C#, C++, Python, etc.) would be an advantage.

The successful applicant should be able to provide evidence of past work or skillset.

This fellow will join a new research cluster in Digital Cultural Heritage at Vanderbilt. Inspired by UNESCO’s mission to protect cultural heritage in danger of destruction, this cluster unites expertise across multiple disciplines (French, History, Computer Science, Religious Studies, Classics, Musicology, History of Art, Anthropology) and maintains interests in a variety of cultural expressions (archeological sites, artifacts and monuments, texts, music). 

The term of appointment is one year, beginning in August 2019. The salary is $50,000 a year, plus benefits and the possibility of funding for conference-related travel and expenses. The fellow will join a cohort of other postdoctoral fellows hosted at the Vanderbilt University Center for Digital Humanities and have access to the professional development support of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

During the period of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to be in residence. The fellow’s responsibilities include collaborating with faculty on research projects with opportunities for joint publications. The fellow will work with the director of the research cluster to define both formal and informal teaching duties to train undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the use 3D digitization. The fellow will also have the opportunity to conduct their own research and will be expected to participate in the seminars and academic community of the research cluster and the Center for Digital Humanities.


1. A PhD in a field relevant to the broad aims of the research cluster.
2. Experience with the many of the applications consistent with 3D digital content creation.

How to Apply
A complete application will include the following materials in digital format:
1. A cover letter indicating applicant’s qualifications;
2. A current curriculum vitae;
3. A scholarly publication, dissertation chapter, or digital project representing the applicant's scholarly work related to 3D digital cultural heritage;
4. Letters of recommendation sent directly by two references who can speak to the themes of the postdoctoral fellowship.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications, letters, and inquiries should be sent to Ole Movig.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Ole Molvig, PhD
: (615) 322-3413
2019-04-25 12:56:58

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