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CDH - Executive Director / Managing Director (80-100%)

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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CDH - Executive Director / Managing Director (80-100%)

CDH - Executive Director / Managing Director (80-100%)


The newly created Digital Humanities Center, housed at both EPFL and UNIL, will consist of a distributed multi-disciplinary team of scientists in humanities and computer science. The center will serve a dual purpose: support research projects in selected areas of digital humanities including text and audio-visual corpora and be the interface to external private and public partners . 

To manage the center, we are looking to recruit an 

Executive Director / Managing Director (80-100%)


working together with two academic co-directors from EPFL and UNIL, respectively. All three directors will be part of the (larger) steering committee of the center. 

The main duties and responsibilities of the position will be: 

Setting up the center in the founding phase (2016). 

Managing and coordinating all scientific activities related to the Center and its

high national and international visibility. 

This includes: 

Supporting innovative and interdisciplinary cutting edge research through:

  • Interfacing with new or already existing projects at UNIL, EPFL, and partners.
  • Allying internal (and external) needs with internal expertise.
  • Federating as many labs and research groups as possible.
  • Creating large scale, interdisciplinary research opportunities (for example NCCR, Sinergia, Horizon2020).
  • Organizing scientific events, annual review activities, and program updates.
  • Supervising the development of basic tools for Digital Humanities. 

Creating partnerships between internal and external stake-holders (companies, foundations, public institutions, venture capital) by: 

  • Coordinating public events and public relations, giving presentations to various audiences nationally and internationally.
  • Supervising the engineering resources and creation of tools, demos, prototypes, and installations necessary to disseminate interdisciplinary research to a broad audience.
  • Promoting innovation and technology transfer through the initiation of research projects with external private and public partners (International Organizations such as The International Committee of the Red Cross or theInternational Olympic Committee, Cinémathèque suisse, Radio Télévision Suisse Romande, etc.).
  • Coordinating and implementing technology transfer programs. 

Managing the Centre’s administrative, technical, and scientific team. 

The Center is planned to start in Autumn 2016. 

Candidate’s profile: 

  • Expertise in one of the core disciplines (Humanities, Social sciences or Computer science), and great interest in the other.
  • Proven track record in management, ideally in the set-up/launch phase of a strategic initiative.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and successfully completing large, multiyear, collaborative projects.
  • Strong sense of organization and responsibility.
  • Solid scientific background and credentials.
  • Higher Education, ideally with a PhD.
  • Fluency in French or English, both spoken and written. Good working knowledge of the second language is desirable.
  • Previous experience in academia and knowledge of the Swiss research and education system is a plus. 

Start date:in 2016, to be agreed/defined

Work place :EPFL/UNIL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Activity rate:80-100% 

Candidates are invited to submit their application including:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Their curriculum vitae.
  • Their academic track and list of publications (if available).
  • All copies of relevant certificates and reference letters. 

Applications must be sent by e-mail only to dh-center@epfl.chor centreDH@unil.ch. 

Applications of women are encouraged. 

(Edited 05.07.2016/vb)