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Two fellowships (interdisciplinary PhD and postdoctoral) in the field of Digital Visual Studies (Zurich)

The Max Planck Society (MPG) and the University of Zurich (UZH) invite applications for two fellowships in the field of Digital Visual Studies (DVS).

The fellowships are part of a 5-year cross-institutional Digital Humanities research project funded by the MPG, supported by the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History (BHMPI), and collaborating with the Swiss Art Research Infrastructure (SARI) and the UZH Digital Society Initiative (DSI).


1- PhD fellowship (1+2 years)– deadline June 21st

 The fellows will carry out cutting-edge multidisciplinary research at the intersection of Art and Architectural History and Computer Science in a program specifically designed to tackle the current gap in the use, analysis and interpretation of digital visual resources. They will profit from access to large, rich and open data sets provided by a number of partner institutions in Art History, including the BHMPI. Further digitization required for the research projects will be supported. Data will include:

  • 370 000 digital images of works of art (paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, buildings etc.) with rich metadata, and 1.150.000 digitized photographs by early-2022
  • very rich semantic data about the history of art and architecture in Italy (200.000 relations)
  • 1400 digitized books in the history of art with rich metadata, and 14.600 books on Rome and Naples, starting from autumn 2021
  • historic maps with annotated geodata for Rome and Naples
  • diagnostic and technical information, scientific imaging (X-ray, infrared, microscope) of artworks and books

PhD candidates will also have shared access to a Frontend Development Engineer to help with production-ready code and the distribution of prototypes. The academic program will also include input from international Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Fellows.

Ideal candidates have expertise (an excellent Masters degree) in one or more of the following areas:

  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision, Image Processing
  • Spatial Humanities and GIS
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Art History, Art History, Archival Studies in Art History
  • Book and Photo History
  • Media theory/Artistic Research
  • Architectural and Urban Studies
  • Social and Historical Network Analysis
  • Cultural Analytics, Computational Literary Studies

Click here for more information on this fellowship.


2- Imagegraph Postdoc Summer Fellowships 2021 (3 months) – deadline May 23

Under the lead of Dr. Leonardo Impett (Durham University), the present call is dedicated to developing, a web-based, open-source rapid prototyping toolkit for Data Science in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences that offers an easy-to-use, browser-based visual programming language for creating and running complex Python pipelines that include advanced algorithms and multimedia data. The project will consist in developing research use-cases for ImageGraph based on textual and/or visual datasets mainly from the field of Art history that will be made available. Moreover, candidates will be asked to actively contribute to the intellectual community of the DVS center, including helping to advise DVS doctoral fellows.

Candidates are invited to upload their applications on the recruitment website of the BHMPI (, including their CV, a description of their motivation and personal qualifications, and a short research project proposal.

Inquiries can be addressed to:


Join the information session (webinar) on the 12th of May from 12:30 – 01:15 pm

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