Post-Doctoral Research Position in Digital Humanities

University of Kansas in Kansas

Date Posted July 31, 2014
Type Post-doc
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

A full-time Post-Doctoral research position in Digital Humanities is available at the University of Kanas, Libraries Department. The Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher will be instrumental in the research and development of the Digital Humanities at the University of Kansas, one of only 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities. We seek an individual who will help our faculty and students gain skills to better integrate DH into their research and teaching. The successful candidate will:


Submit a cover letter that addresses your ability to teach a two-semester hands-on practical introduction to the tools and methods of digital humanities, and include your suggestions of what might be included in such a course. Please list on your CV your specific Digital Humanities skills, including but not limited to programming languages, tools, and projects. Please also include three professional references.


As a member of IDRH, the Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher will work closely with the co-directors and affiliated staff to:
15% Teaching:  Teach a two-semester sequenced introductory digital humanities course (tools, methods, and theory), plus at least one intensive (Praxis or other) workshop per year.
20% Research:  Conduct original Digital Humanities research and publication (in any relevant discipline).
30% Outreach:  Share expertise via digital humanities project consulting and development for faculty, staff, and students; do proactive outreach to the KU community about digital humanities; and develop web tutorials and other materials. Take the lead in implementing a certificate and/or Praxis program.
35% Administration:  Help to manage IDRH’s continuing activities; help mentor and supervise student assistants who maintain IDRH web and social media presence; assist with IDRH funding competitions. Have a central role in the development and implementation of new programs to support research and grant funding in digital humanities, including the development of a DH certificate and Praxis programs.

Required Qualifications:

  1. PhD in the Humanities, Social Sciences or related field (or equivalent experience):
  2. Significant own research experience in the Digital Humanities
  3. Minimum 6 months experience in the technologies and methods of one or more key Digital Humanities areas (e.g. visualization, text mining, text encoding, spatial analysis, network analysis, database design, dynamic digital editions, and other areas)

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Superior oral and written communication skills for a range of audiences
  2. Experience working in interdisciplinary humanities environments
  3. Demonstrated excellence in teaching
  4. Experience with academic project planning, management or consultative services
  5. Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to take initiative, and set and meet deadlines
  6. Demonstrated experience using or implementing open source software

     7. Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment as demonstrated by application material.

     8. Ability to teach a two-semester sequence, Introduction to the Digital Humanities (tools, methods, and theory) as demonstrated by application material.

Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience.

Duration of appointment: 2 years.

Apply online at The deadline for applications is August 08, 2014. Estimated start date is September 8, 2014.

KU is an EO/AAE. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.