Postdoctoral Associates


During 2015-2018, the Digital Humanities Lab (DHLab) at Yale University Library invited applications for 12-month Postdoctoral Associate positions for each academic year. We sought energetic and creative applicants who demonstrated 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 positions was on a research project defined by the applicant. Scholars with a background in any humanities discipline were eligible to apply. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the committee especially encouraged applicants with a research focus in:

  • Visual Culture, Art, and/or History of Art
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Twentieth-Century European History and Literature, and/or Jewish Studies

Each Postdoctoral Associate had a dedicated workspace in the DHLab in Sterling Memorial Library; the opportunity to collaborate with technical staff, including a DH Developer and UX Designer; and a budget for computing equipment, professional development, and relocation expenses. The Postdoctoral Associate's primary responsibility was to his or her own research project. Candidates were also active participants in the intellectual life of the DHLab. 

*One of the three Postdoctoral Associate positions in 2017-2018 was a joint appointment with Yale's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (FVAHT). 


Each Postdoctoral Associate pursued independent digital humanities research relevant to the candidate’s academic discipline. This included, but was not limited to:

  • conducting research;
  • performing analysis;
  • developing prototypes;
  • presenting results;
  • producing electronic and/or print scholarly articles.
  • For the joint appointment with the FVAHT, responsibilities include developing or integrating tools to explore, analyze, and visualize the Fortunoff Archive.

As a contributing member of the DHLab, the candidate also participated in the intellectual life of the DHLab, helping the DH community understand and meet the needs of their discipline.

Requirements for Application

  • Research plan for the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, not to exceed 3-5 pages. If you would like to be considered for the joint appointment with the FVAHT, please indicate so here (it will not preclude your consideration for the other two positions).
  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the start date of the appointment in the humanities, history, or associated discipline from a recognized institution of higher learning. Proof of degree is not required at the time of application. Accepted applicants will be required to present evidence of completion of the degree, together with a statement of the date on which the degree will be or was 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 sources. The recommenders do not have to be affiliated with Yale. Recommenders should email their letters to
  • Curriculum vitae.

Administrative questions about the application process should be emailed to the Director of the DHLabPeter Leonard.

Selection Criteria

  1. Quality of the research proposal and the intellectual significance for the applicant's field of scholarship
  2. Demonstrated experience with and interest in digital humanities projects, methods, approaches, theories, and/or methodologies
  3. Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  4. Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with programmers, designers, outreach specialists, student workers, faculty, and subject librarians
Last modified: 
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:09pm