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Funded PhD Opportunities with the HathiTrust Research Center at the University of Illinois

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) and the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3) at the University of Illinois are actively recruiting outstanding doctoral candidates interested in research assistantships with the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) to develop the HTRC infrastructure, create mechanisms for outreach and engagement with scholarly communities, and cross-pollinate ideas among HTRC stakeholders.

The HTRC is the research arm of the HathiTrust (http://www.hathitrust.org). The HTRC represents a unique collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University. The center conducts research addressing the technical challenges associated with the analysis of massive amounts of digitized text. HTRC faculty and students develop cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

The Office of the Provost of the University of Illinois has generously provided support for two doctoral students with up to 4 years of funding, including tuition waivers, stipends, and benefits. Successful candidates will work closely with leading faculty in a cooperative and highly interdisciplinary environment. We are particularly interested in students with research interests in: information organization and access, cultural informatics, digital humanities, data curation, data modeling, metadata, machine learning, data mining, and socio-technical data analytics.

The Graduate School of Library and information Science supports a broad range of interdisciplinary research in areas such as youth services, user services and outreach, information history and policy, social and community informatics, and information organization. For more information about the GSLIS PhD program, please visit: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/programs/phd or contact program staff directly at .

Research and education in the Informatics PhD program has a strong interdisciplinary flavor involving experts in information and computation foundations together with experts in a wide range of application areas. It supports interdisciplinary research and promotes the creation of new fields of research enabled by the development and application of new technologies. For more information about the Illinois Informatics PhD program, please visit: https://rhino.ncsa.illinois.edu/display/infophd/Home or contact program staff directly at .

For more information about the HathiTrust Research Center, please visit: http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc or contact Prof. J.Stephen Downie, Co-Director of HTRC, at jdownie@illinois.edu.

The application process is competitive. Research assistantships will be assigned to the most qualified applicants only after admission to the PhD program. Students from historically and statistically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for PhD applications to both programs is December 15, 2012 for Fall 2013 enrollment.