Postdoctoral Associates

Deadline: 5pm Eastern Time, February 1, 2016

Overview

The Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) at Yale University Library invites applications for two 12-month Postdoctoral Associate positions for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The DHLab seeks energetic and creative applicants who demonstrate innovative thinking and a proactive approach to the questions that digital humanities methods, approaches, tools, and theories raise in their academic disciplines.

The focus of these 12-month positions is 50% on a research project defined by the applicant in consultation with a Yale faculty member and 50% on the development and growth of the DHLab. We seek candidates who will be active participants in the intellectual life of both the relevant academic department and also the DHLab. 

These positions’ primary reporting relationship will be to the sponsoring Yale faculty member; the Director of the Digital Humanities Lab will coordinate their integration into the DHLab. Yale University Library will provide dedicated working space in the new DHLab in Sterling Memorial Library, a budget for computing equipment, and the opportunity to collaborate with technical staff, including a Developer and UX Designer.

 

Responsibilities

50% — In collaboration with a sponsoring Yale faculty member, the Postdoctoral Associate will pursue independent Digital Humanities research relevant to the candidate’s academic discipline. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • conducting research;
  • performing analysis;
  • developing prototypes;
  • presenting results;
  • producing electronic and/or print scholarly articles.

50% — As a contributing member of the DHLab, the candidate will: 

  • participate in the intellectual life of the DHLab, including physical presence in the collaborative space;
  • contribute to the development of the DHLab as a hub for campus DH support;
  • assist in the outreach and communication efforts of the Lab by authoring occasional informal blog posts on your project’s progress;
  • help the DHLab understand and meet the needs of a specific discipline;
  • attend regular meetings to share information, techniques, and perspectives;
  • serve as informal advisor to graduate and/or undergraduate students in technical, methodological, and/or disciplinary areas of expertise;
  • as appropriate, develop and refine informal workshops on disciplinary-specific DH tools, approaches, and/or methods.

Requirements for Application

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the humanities, history, or associated discipline from a recognized institution of higher learning. When a candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not yet been formally conferred, the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree, together with a statement of the date on which the degree is to be conferred. If the degree is not conferred by the projected date, the postdoctoral appointment shall be terminated.
     
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or other appropriate source. The recommenders can include a pre-selected Yale faculty mentor if one exists, but otherwise they do not have to be affiliated with Yale.
     
  • Research plan for the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, not to exceed 3-5 pages.
     
  • Curriculum vitae.
     
  • Optional: If you do not have a pre-selected Yale faculty mentor, you may suggest Yale faculty or departments where you think your project would best fit. See Selection Criteria #2, below.  

All application materials must be sent (PDF preferred) to the DHLab by 5pm Eastern Time, February 1, 2016. Recommenders should email their letters directly to the DHLab.

Administrative questions about the application process should be directed to the Director of the DHLab, Peter Leonard.

Selection Criteria

  1. Quality of the research proposal and the intellectual significance for the field of scholarship of the applicant.
  2. Availability of Yale faculty to support and mentor the applicant in his or her specific field.
  3. Demonstrated experience with and interest in digital humanities projects, methods, approaches, theories, and/or methodologies.
  4. Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with programmers, designers, outreach specialists, student workers, faculty, and subject librarians.
  6. Balanced perspectives and interests that combine specialized expertise and a broad view of emerging DH practices across many humanistic disciplines.