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Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow

Job description

Job no: 496164
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Comparative Humanities


Five years ago Bucknell made a long-term investment in digital scholarship infrastructure for faculty and student initiatives. Humanities faculty have, as a result, made significant strides in expanding their individual and collaborative research to include digital forms of analysis and publication. The successful applicant will join a team committed to supporting humanities faculty from across the discipline, including Classics, Film & Media Studies, History, Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, and Philosophy. Faculty DH projects, funded with internal and external grant support, range from those in development to those in implementation mode, and represent a range of approaches to DH, from textual editing to data visualization.

This is a 12-month position. The salary is $50,000/year plus benefits.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, C.V., three letters of recommendation, and a portfolio of work in DH via the online portal at careers.bucknell.edu. Specific questions about the search may be directed to Professor James Mark Shields, Director, Bucknell Humanities Center ([email protected]). Application deadline is February 1, 2019.

Job Duties:
Appointed for two years (with the possibility of a one-year extension) beginning in January 2019, the Bucknell Digital Humanities postdoctoral Fellow will work with faculty in the division of the Arts and Humanities to initiate, advance, present and complete Digital Humanities research projects via application of critical computing skills and methods. This is primarily a research-support position. However, it will involve occasional supervision of undergraduate students engaged in faculty research projects. The Fellow will be based in the new Hildreth-Mirza Hall, which houses the Bucknell Humanities Center, the Bucknell University Press, the Griot Institute for Africana Studies, and a robust DH infrastructure (e.g., the Humanities Lab).

Minimum Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a PhD in a humanities field, a concentration in DH (or equivalent), and experience with: database creation and management; coding in Python, JavaScript, and other applicable programming languages; and web application and GUI design. This is a position that requires excellent teamwork and project coordination skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ideally, candidates will also have experience working on collaborative DH research projects, familiarity with relevant grant-seeking processes, and their own active DH research agendas.

About Bucknell


Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell's 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.


Bucknell's beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.


Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community


Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.


The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University's main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell's surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.


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