ALFA IT Position (Closed)

ALFA welcome candidates for its IT position (One year contract renewable a maximum of 4 times).

  • This position open at the soonest on September 1, 2017
  • The deadline to submit candidate files is July 17, 2017
  • Result will be published at the latest on July 28, 2017

You will find a complete description of this call below


3 applicants presented  files for this position. The selected candidate is:

Galla Topalian

Her contract will start on September 1, 2017

Text of the call


Position title: Chef de Projet Numérique, projet ALFA Grade : I.E. (Graduate)

Direction – Service : SYRTE-UMR 8630- Equipe Histoire des sciences

Projet ERC ALFA (CoG agreement n° : 723085)



  • The successful candidate will work within the research project (ERC CoG agreement n° 723085; in direct interaction with an international team of 12 The ALFA project (2017-2022) seeks to unravel the history of Alfonsine astronomy which flourished in Europe from the end of 13th to the mid-16th century. The project includes digital humanities in 3 facets: 1. Conception of an information system adapted to astronomical sources (manuscripts, tables, instruments, texts); 2. Development of web interfaces to allow different types of publics (researchers, teachers, wider audiences) to access to the project results and data; 3. Management of the internal and external communication of the project. The “Chef de projet numérique” shall be able to handle all the steps of the project: conception, modelisation, development of databases and websites, maintenance.
  • The ALFA project is hosted by the CNRS in the history of astronomy team of the SYRTE (UMR 8630) Located at the Paris Observatory, SYRTE counts 95 staff members including 57 permanent with 13 ITA CNRS. The laboratory conducts internationally renowned research in the domains of time metrology, fundamental physics and history of astronomy. The laboratory has an important IT team of 8 persons working mainly on projects.


  • Modelisation of research data
    • Knowledge of research in humanities
    • Ability to build data structures (SQL & no-SQL)
  • Coding Websites
    • Framework Symfony 3 (PHP 5/7)
    • ORM Doctrine 2
    • SQL
    • HTML 5 et moteur de template TWIG
    • JavaScript and classical libraries (JQuery…)
    • CSS 3
    • ( Knowledge of Python or MathLab would be welcomed)
  • Text editions
    • XML TEI & EAD norms
    • XSLT
    • Xquery
    • Knowledge of usual metadata used in library and archive catalogues
  • CMS Display
    • WordPress
    • OMEKA
  • Technological watch
    • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge of Digital humanities IT practices
    • Monitor related digital humanities projects


  • Handle the project: contact institutional partner (Huma-Num), project shedule, definition of timed objective, management of trainees
  • Be able to train users of the database in dedicated workshops
  • Be able and willing to acquire new competences with respect to the project needs
  • English
  • Be autonomous on the IT issue and able to work within an international research team


  • Hierarchical position : Inside the History of astronomy team (4 permanents, 10 associated researchers) under the direction of the Principal Investigator du projet ALFA.
  • Relations internes : History of astronomy team of the SYRTE inside the ALFA project (PI et 3 PhD et 3 post-doc in the local team), IT team of the SYRTE.
  • Relations externes : International researcher team of the ALFA project (12 researchers), TAMAS project IT (, IT of institution related to ALFA


Lieu de travail :Observatoire de Paris – SYRTE

Working time : 38h30 weekly – One year contract renewable a maximum of 4 times
Working hours : 9h00- 17h22
Beginning of contract : Septembre, 1 2017 at the soonest

Salary : Depending on the experience with respect to the I.E. frame of the CNRS.


M. Matthieu Husson
Equipe d’histoire de l’astronomie
Observatoire de Paris – SYRTE- UMR8630
75014 Paris FRANCE