Carnegie Mellon University

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Computing

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries seeks candidates for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Computing. The fellow’s primary responsibilities will include creating cross-campus ties between the University Libraries and faculty working in the humanities and sciences, by fostering the study of 19th and 20th c. history of science materials held by the University Libraries Archives & Special Collections.

This fellowship was inspired by the recent donation of a collection of books, letters, and computing machines—including two Enigma machines—by Pamela McCorduck, the author of influential books on artificial intelligence and wife of the late Joseph Traub, former Computer Science Department Head. Totaling more than 50 letters, books, and computing machines, the collection includes important items in the history of computing. They will be added to the University Libraries Archives & Special Collections, which also contains the papers of noted computer science pioneers Alan Newell and Herb Simon, who worked alongside Traub in the department. A pioneering computer scientist who led Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science Department during a crucial period in its history, Traub went on to found the computer science department at Columbia University.

Qualifications

  • PhD in History, History of Science, Philosophy of Science, or related field
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an innovative and interdisciplinary environment
  • Familiarity with, or willingness to learn to work with, Omeka digital exhibits
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and innovative thinking
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and CLIR’s guidelines.

CMU employee benefits include medical, transportation, and tuition benefits; university retirement contributions are subject to cliff vesting. A complete listing of benefits, including University holidays and paid time off, is available at: http://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/index.html

Fellows will receive 20% time for their own personal research.

About Carnegie Mellon University
Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon University was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie under the premise that a school established to foster and develop the technical skills of its students would soon produce students and graduates whose work would astound Pittsburgh and the world. Over 100 years later, our institution continues to produce talented alumni and draws faculty and staff eager to be a part of the university’s creative, passionate and close-knit community. We place emphasis on practical problem solving, interdisciplinary learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, and collaboration.