Research Developer, Digital Humanities

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Created: March 8, 2013


Job Ref: G6/AAV/198/13-J

Closing Date: 27 March 2013


The Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London seeks an exceptional and creative Digital Humanities developer to join the Research and Development staff, supporting development work on Kiln (, an open source multi-platform framework for building and deploying Digital Humanities projects whose source content is primarily in XML. Over the past few years and in several versions, Kiln has been used to prepare and publish more than 50 digital research outputs, each involving diverse source materials and requiring innovative custom functionality.

The post is located in the Department of Digital Humanities. The Department is an international leader in the application of technology in research in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences. It is in the School of Arts and Humanities, and undertakes research on a collaborative basis across discipline, institutional and national boundaries: it has collaborative relationships across King’s College and with a large number of institutions and bodies in the UK and internationally.


The successful candidate for this position will have existing Digital Humanities experience, gained across a number of subject domains, and a demonstrable enthusiasm for the work of the Department. Technically your experience will include the modelling and analysis of both texts and structured data, and the development of tools to search, query, retrieve and display disparate data sources using web application frameworks such as Apache Cocoon or Django. You will be capable of designing, writing and modifying tools and scripts to facilitate content creation or data processing; and competent in the collaborative development of integrated interfaces for web-based editing and publication.

Above all you will have exceptional skills in the handling of structured data in the context of a range of XML-related and web-delivery standards and technologies (including all of the following: XML, XSLT, Python/Java, Javascript/JQuery). The successful candidate will also have significant experience developing web applications with Apache Cocoon, Apache Solr, and working knowledge of standards-compliant XHTML/HTML5 and CSS. Familiarity with ontologies (and the modelling of humanities and cultural heritage data) and text processing techniques, together with would be highly desirable.

In addition you will need to have an understanding of how research is conducted in the humanities and social sciences and you will be expected to make a contribution to the departmental research profile. The successful candidates will need to be able to work effectively as part of a team, as well as independently. You should have good communication skills and the ability to document work in clear written English.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 27 March 2013

Equality of opportunity is College policy.


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £31,331 to £37,382 per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

Post duration

Fixed term contract for 1 year.


For an informal discussion of the post please contact Paul Vetch on 020 7848 1040, or via email at

Further details and application packs are available by clicking 'Apply'. All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number G6/AAV/198/13-JM. If you have any queries please contact your Recruitment Co-ordinator at

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