Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Computing

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: December 29, 2017

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.

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The application deadline is Dec. 29, 2017 and applications must be submitted through the CLIR web portal via  Questions about the position can be directed to Jessica Otis

Posted: November 28, 2017