Thanks to a recent Digital Humanities Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of English seeks a one-year Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate to lead day-to-day programming and data curation activities for Six Degrees of Francis Bacon. Six Degrees of Francis Bacon is a digital reconstruction of the early modern social network that scholars and students can collaboratively expand, revise, curate, and critique. The successful candidate will likely have a PhD in History, English, Library and Information Science, or a related discipline with demonstrated experience in web development or digital humanities.
The fellow will be housed in the Department of English in the Dietrich College of Arts and Social Sciences and work with Associate Professor Christopher Warren, Principal Investigator of the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon project. Day-to-day work will involve a disciplinarily diverse and geographically disparate team of Six Degrees collaborators, including literary historians, historians of science, librarians, statisticians, and web developers.
The fellow will leverage expertise in a humanities discipline and a strong technical aptitude to help fulfill five priorities of the NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grant:
• Enriching project data.
• Enhancing user experience.
• Integrating with other digital resources.
• Identifying and partnering with an institutional home for long-term preservation.
• Packaging and distributing website code so that scholars can create similar networks for different eras and regions.
Required Knowledge and Skills
• Ph.D. or ABD in a relevant subfield of a humanities discipline or Library and Information Sciences.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully in a team-based environment.
• Demonstrated willingness to learn technical programming and data curation skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
• Demonstrated experience in project management and/or digital humanities research.
• Ph.D. in a relevant subfield of the humanities.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, a CV with links to current/past digital projects, and contact information for three references at https://cmu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2003958.
Review of applications will begin September 16, 2016 with Google Hangout interviews likely beginning in October.
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