The post holder will participate in the enhancement of the Scientific Archive for the Tropics: Documentation and Collections (ACT: D&C). This archive aims at making available to the international scientific community its vast scientific heritage deriving from both past and present day scientific research and Overseas Missions on the territories of Portuguese former colonies now associated in the organisation known as CPLP. This scientific legacy comprises various disciplinary fields such as: cartography, geodesy, geography and other earth sciences; botany, zoology and agronomy as well as human and social sciences. Such a vast legacy requires the definition of methodologies and procedures for the organization, inventory and selective digitization of the different kinds of objects.
The proper articulation between archivists and experts from different scientific areas is required to contextualize the documents, facilitating its research and allowing its correct access.
The development of this Project lies upon a consortium between IICT, the Research Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology /New University of Lisbon (CHFCT/UNL) and Centro Algoritmi-DSI/UMinho, University of Minho. Their diverse experience and fields of expertise – tropical research, studies on the material culture of science, heritage preservation, history of science, and information technologies – all converge into interdisciplinary actions that will create and reinforce the synergies between a state laboratory and two different universities.
Strategic development plan
The strategic development plan for the next five years includes methods for the improvement of the inventory, organization, selection and documentation of the different objects composing the various collections, as well as the dissemination of scientific contents in the international community. The plan involves:
1. Definition of strategic priorities.
2. Testing methodologies to be used in each case, following international standards.
3. Conception of the information system that will act as the platform for the ACT Digital (in open source software).
4. Availability and dissemination of scientific information through an innovative information system, which will constitute an invaluable research tool for studies on scientific heritage, and the material culture of tropical science, and on the history of tropical science.
5. The production of scientific papers to be delivered at national and international conferences, exhibitions and other events, together with the publication in national and international specialised journals in the various fields involved is also a priority.
Beyond the need and urgency of implementing standards on Archival and Collections organization, the selected applicant’s main contribution will be the use of IICT scientific heritage to plan research on the history of tropical science and develop selected case-studies. More specifically:
a) Reflect and cooperate with experts on archival work and museology in the definition of methodologies and strategic priorities for research on the scientific collections, namely colonial collections, and archives;
b) Participate in activities oriented to the promotion of public awareness of the importance and significance of colonial scientific research and heritage;
c) Produce research papers to be presented at meetings or published in specialised journals on history of science.
The growing interest on scientific heritage as an emergent research area, and the recognition of the importance of scientific collections to the history of tropical science, justifies this unprecedented investment in the impressive heritage of IICT. To this extent, the establishment of the ACT is of paramount cultural and scientific significance, the preservation and dissemination of its collections and archival material requiring an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.
Selected applicant’s should have a doctoral degree in History of Science and at least 3 years of post-doc experience. Other desirable features are: multicultural archive work and/or experience in tropical subjects, good record of publications at an international level, project coordination and thesis supervision experience, very good written/oral skills in English and good comprehension/ reading of Portuguese and mobility between institutions from different countries.
Conditions of employment
Basic gross salary equivalent to the index 195 of Portuguese research career (ca.3000€) plus meal subsidy (ca. 4€ day)
Employment basis: Temporary
Duration of contract: 5 years maximum
Maximum hours per week: 35
Websites: www.iict.pt ; http://www2.iict.pt/?idc=121; http://chfct.fct.unl.pt
E-mail address: email@example.com
The candidates must provide a complete CV (with photo), in english, a statement of purpose outlining their research goals, two reference letters, as well as any other materials that they like to be considered by the Selection Committee. All the elements should be sent to the Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical to the following e-mail address:
Dr. José Cochicho Ramalho - firstname.lastname@example.org
When applying for this job always mention C2007-IICT/PAT-299-B-History of Science.
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