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PhD student position in the field of management and interactive visualization of historical knowledge

WorkplaceGenève, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
Job StartDès que possible

This PhD position is part of a 4-year SNF-funded project “Une édition sémantique et multilingue en ligne des registres du Conseil de Genève (1545-1550) » .
The aim of the project is to transcribe the manuscript texts of the Registres du Conseil de Genève (Registers of the Geneva council) between 1545 and 1550 into accessible digital form, and to develop functionalities that will make these fundamental documents of local and international history accessible to as many people as possible, while at the same time stimulating research in numerous fields: history, the computer processing of ancient languages and digital technology.
In practical terms, the project aims to create a perennial, open and open source computing platform, offering users not only text transcription, but also modernization and translation into other languages, as well as a series of digital and educational tools for visualization and advanced exploration.


The successful candidate will work with semantically enriched digital transcriptions of ancient texts from the Registres du Conseil de Genève with historical data, and their modernized French versions, to design and deploy interactive visual discovery tools for the general public, and interactive visual scientific exploration tools for expert audiences such as historians.

Part of this work will involve analyzing and identifying the needs and activities of target audiences (historians and the general public) and creating appropriate interactive knowledge visualization techniques.


Applicants must hold a master’s degree in computer science or information systems (or a related field).

Skills and experience in at least one of the following areas are required: data visualization, information retrieval and knowledge management, user experience, etc.

They should show a strong interest in collaborating with practitioners (particularly historians) and work with real data.

The language is French or English (the successful candidate will be expected to interact with French-speaking people).

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The University of Geneva is one of the oldest and the third largest university in Switzerland by number of students. It is highly ranked, both nationally and internationally according to the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities 2023.

The CUI is an interfaculty center that brings together researchers from the various faculties of the University of Geneva who teach and conduct research in the field of computer science and digital technology.

The city of Geneva is very international and occupies a central position in Europe, and has a strong international reputation, including via the light of the international organizations (e.g. UN, WHO, WIPO, WTO, ICRC, CERN).

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