Job Posting: Research Programmer - Humanities; Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University

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Created: July 31, 2008


The Scholarly Technology Group at Brown is looking for the right person to complete our team.

We're looking for a creative, technically sophisticated individual who will use computer methods and structured data to augment the resarch process for humanities scholars. We're not an acronym-based technical services shop; we are part of the university research environment, with a license to explore content and technology, and push the boundaries of practice where possible. If you're not interested in the digital or the humanities, you're probably not a good fit.

You will have the opportunity to explore and to learn, in a unique academic environment. This position is ideal for the humanist who has experience in digital humanities and who wants to develop their skills and experience.

An increased, university-wide, focus on the digital humanities and digital libraries make this an especially exciting moment to join STG. The Research Programmer will be part of defining and implementing technology in humanities research agendas at Brown.

While this is not an academic position, STG has close relationships with the academic part of the university, and STG staff often participate in classes and seminars.

This position requires breadth of vision and experience across significant and disparate fields. No candidate can be equally deep in all areas, so we are not limited by formal credentials in any specific area; we are looking for a candidate who can excel in an interdisciplinary environment. You will thrive here if you can communicate and think across the gap. We will also consider interested applicants without a formal humanities background. Applicants with a degree in Library Science, Information Science, or Computer Science and an interest in the kinds of problems involved in digital humanities projects and data are encouraged to apply.

Research Programmer - Humanities Scholarly Technology Group Brown University

The Scholarly Technology Group (STG) at Brown University is seeking a staff member who will contribute technical skills and project oversight as part of STG's involvement in, and engagement with, faculty research projects in the digital humanities. STG projects range from document databases based on XML and XML tools, to experiments in collaboration, classification and online publication. STG projects are founded in high-level information design, and require current knowledge of web standards and tools. The Research Programmer is encouraged to have a relevant research agenda of their own, or to participate in the group's ongoing research into digital humanities topics.

STG staff provide faculty projects with expertise in text encoding and metadata standards, accessibility, database design, web programming, digital project design, information design, documentation and grant-writing. We combine a strong background in the humanities and social sciences with a deep interest in the significance of digital technologies for scholarly communication.

The Research Programmer works closely with faculty, STG staff and students to carry out digital humanities projects by performing project analysis, implementation, and management. Student workers are an integral part of of STG's team, and the Research Programmer will interact with them as manager and as collaborator. Since STG is a small group, this person can contribute at all levels: to recruit, plan, manage projects, write grant proposals, contribute to outreach activities, stay abreast of new methods and technologies and disseminate STG's work at conferences.

Qualifications: * Minimum Bachelor's degree, advanced degree in the humanities desirable. Demonstrable technical skills. * Experience in digital humanities, digital libraries or comparable area. * Technical background in relevant areas, ideally: Web standards, HTML, CSS, XML, web technologies, metadata standards, text retrieval, software development * Knowledge of digital communications and collaboration, new media. * Strong analytical and problem solving skills * Ability to communicate STG work and results within the group and externally.

STG is part of Computing and Information Services and provides advanced technology consulting to Brown humanities faculty primarily through large and small projects in support of scholarly work in the digital medium. We explore, extend and contribute to the critical new technologies that are transforming scholarly work and helping to maintain its longevity: data and metadata standards, XML publication tools, text encoding methods, database design, and accessibility standards. We have a strong relationship with the Brown University Library's Center for Digital Initiatives, and often work on joint projects. STG consists of three staff members: the Director, a Senior Research Programmer, and a Research Programmer. STG also employs several student programmers and designers and works with graduate students who provide content expertise.

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-- Andrew Ashton Senior Research Programmer Scholarly Technology Group Brown University


Published: Thursday, July 31, 2008 19:04 UTC

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