ER 5 fellowship

Title: Canonical reference & sustainability of digital editions

Application deadline: 29 January 2016

Start of the fellowship: 1 April 2016

Duration: 1 year

Location: Graz, Austria

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General application procedure:

Eligibility criteria:

Contact: or +43 316 380 2292


The Centre for Information Modeling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Graz has rich experience in DH research and teaching and is involved in a variety of (inter)national projects. The main research area of the ZIM-ACDH is digital edition as a generalizable method of semantic and formal enrichment and analysis of research data from the humanities and cultural heritage domains.

Job Specifications

  • The research fellow will do supervised research on “Canonical reference & sustainability of digital editions” in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “DiXiT”.
  • It is crucial that digital scholarly editions are stable reference texts that embed in themselves established canonical reference systems and persistent identifiers (PIDs). The relationship between well-established reference systems and technical PID systems will be explored in order to contribute to a common resolving infrastructure.
  • The candidate will conduct theoretical research on canonical reference and human naming systems and their inherent logics, develop a proposal for a generic referencing system for digital editions and implement this system in the Graz FEDORA-Commons-Infrastructure ( as a proof of concept.

Professional Qualifications

  • Relevant doctoral university degree (or research experience of at least four years), preferably in the Humanities.
  • Prior experience with scholarly editing and canonical reference systems.
  • Ability to present the subject in English (spoken and written).
  • High level of commitment and motivation for scientific work and international collaboration.

Formal Requirements:

Within DiXiT, the applicant for the position of Experienced Researcher must:

  • be in possession of a doctoral degree (or have research experience of at least four years) and have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization (i.e. Austria) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment.
  • be willing to spend a time period of up to 2 months of their tenure at one of the DiXiT partner institutions.


Send your application, consisting of a letter of intent, your CV and a brief outline (up to 1 page) of a specific project you would like to realize in the context of this position by e-mail to or by regular mail to:

Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung
Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities
University of Graz
Elisabethstraße 59/III, A-8010 Graz

The completed Application Form must be sent separately to: