Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities

School/department: School of Media, Film and Music/Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL)
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term until 31 August 2019
Reference: 2686
Salary: Starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 08 November 2017
Closing date: 08 December 2017. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 January 2018

Job description

Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) in collaboration with the School of MFM wish to appoint to a fixed term, non-renewable, fellowship in Digital Humanities.

The Research Fellow is expected to contribute directly to the development of substantial new digital humanities projects undertaken by the SHL team, and to contribute in an advisory capacity to other SHL-supported projects. They will also be developing their own projects aligned to SHL interests.

The person appointed will have a specialism in developing and implementing digital humanities techniques, tools, approaches, and methods. They will understand the intersection of technical skills, humanities thinking, and methodological awareness that constitutes successful DH projects and be able to co-design and produce projects from inception to completion.

Key skills include the capacity to employ software engineering techniques appropriate to DH. This may include specific knowledge and capacity to use appropriate programming languages (e.g. python, java), to select and deploy appropriate methods fit for a research project, understanding of topic modelling, web scraping, GIS mapping, natural language processing.  

You should understand and be able to generate suitable work flow designs and documentation, and understand archival issues related to e.g. software. You need to have a demonstrable interest in the application of computer skills to humanities projects and humanities research outcomes.

The candidate will be appointed at post-doctoral level. They should have a specialism in Digital Humanities. They may hold an MA, MSc, or doctorate in in digital humanities. Or you may be a computer scientist, engineer, information science specialist.

We welcome applications from candidates from any of the above fields of expertise and with a knowledge base in Digital Humanities practice and theory.

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact either Caroline Bassett, Professor of Media and Communication ( or Sharon Webb, Lecturer in Digital Humanities Science (

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How to apply

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