Research Professor of Cultural Data Analytics

open until filled
Humanities, Social Sciences, Data Management
Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn University (TLU) seeks an internationally recognized leader in digital humanities or digital culture studies to become an ERA Chair Professor in Cultural Data Analytics.

Deadline: August 12th 2019
Position starts in Autumn or early Winter 2019
Tenure: The position will be tenured.
All details about the application process and what documents are needed can be found here:

Position includes excellent remuneration package; secured substantial research funds for the first 4 years; the possibility to create own research team and an Open Lab; cooperation networks with several external cultural and media institution; strong institutional support from the university.

TLU has won a grant for this position from the European Commission's Horizon 2020 ERA Chair programme. The programme supports universities in their efforts to build on their reputation as leaders in research and innovation.

TLU has used the grant to establish a new professorship in Cultural Data Analytics (CUDAN) together with the new research team that will consist of 5-7 senior researchers and at least 5 PhD students. The team will also run CUDAN Open Lab - a space and a cooperation platform for collaborating with external cultural and media institutions. See more about the whole CUDAN project here:

Profile of the candidate
The candidate for the professorship is expected to have experience of managing research projects and/or teams in digital humanities/digital culture studies and with spearheading open stakeholder collaborations.

The applicant has to have a PhD degree in digital humanities, digital culture studies or in data analytics and at least 5 years of experience in managing research teams and/or planning and implementing research and innovation projects.

More specifically the following experience is required:

  • Strong academic background and international reputation in digital humanities/digital culture studies;
  • Publications in international peer reviewed journals;
  • Supervision of PhD students;
  • Experience in formulating and managing research teams;
  • Experience in planning new research projects;
  • Experience in coordination of or participation in international research projects (e.g. Framework Programme, Horizon 2020);
  • Collaboration with non-academic stakeholders.

The ERA Chair holder will need to reside permanently in Estonia and sign an employment contract with TLU. CUDAN project will interconnect three TLU Schools - Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), School of Humanities (SH) and School of Digital Technologies (DTI). The ERA Chair holder will be hired as a professor of BFM.

The salary of the ERA Chair professor will be negotiable, but will be based on the existing experience and seniority of the candidates and equate broadly with professor salaries in Western European countries. Yet, employment in Estonia could be more beneficial due to low income tax rates (approximately 21% for this position).

TLU offers modern ergonomic working conditions and flexible schedules in a brand new campus located in the city centre. TLU employees enjoy numerous benefits in areas such recreation, health care, child care, employee training, etc. TLU allows for its professors extensive paid vacation - 65 days each year. TLU will help the newly expected professor and her/his family with the move to Estonia, relocation allowance can be negotiated.

The application process ends August 12th. A decision will be made in the Autumn of 2019. All the details about the process and what documents are needed can be found here:

See more about the CUDAN Open Lab:

CUDAN team is happy to respond to any questions and at any time about the position. Please contact us at

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