Jobs at CHNM and Friends

Lots of work for digital humanists in the Washington DC area these days. The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) is looking for a postdoc to work on a major new text-mining study. We’re also looking for a new entry-level administrative assistant (a *fantastic* opportunity for a smart, enthusiastic, soon-to-be college grad). And our good friends at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) are looking for a programmer to work on their exciting new Shakespeare project.

Here are the ads:

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to work on a new text-mining initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. ABD candidates are also strongly encouraged to apply. This is a grant-funded, two-year position that is particularly appropriate for someone with interests in computational linguistics, machine learning, or technology and the humanities and social sciences. Specific background and experience is less important than the ability to learn new technical skills quickly. Knowledge of some combination of the following would be particularly helpful: Java, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, or object-oriented programming. Ability to work in a team is very important. Please send a cover letter and resume, including relevant programming projects and experience, to chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “Text Mining.” We will begin considering applications on 5/1/2008 and continue until the position is filled. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The Center for History & New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is hiring an Administrative Assistant to work closely with its directors in assisting general operations. We are seeking an energetic, well-organized person who takes initiative; can work in a team; and is comfortable performing a variety of office, administrative and research tasks. Responsibilities include tracking grant proposals, maintaining accounts, managing reimbursements, event planning, serving as liaison to other university offices, and publicizing and promoting CHNM’s work. This is an exciting opportunity that is particularly appropriate for someone with a combined interest in history and technology; familiarity with history and new media is preferred. Experience working in an office environment is also preferred. New or recent graduates are encouraged to apply. We will begin considering applications on April 1, 2008, and continue until the position is filled. Apply online (including resume, three references, a cover letter and a short writing sample) at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position number 10385z. Questions? Please contact chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “Administrative Assistant.”

The Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland in College Park is seeking a full time programmer for at least a year to work on the NEH/JISC funded Shakespeare’s Quartos project. This exciting digital humanities initiative, an international collaboration among MITH, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Oxford University, the British Library, the Huntington Library, and the Scottish National Library, aims to create a digital archive of all the extant quartos of Shakespeare’s plays beginning with Hamlet. The successful candidate will at the minimum have a bachelor’s degree and be an experienced web programmer familiar with PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, XML, and XSLT to develop both the user interface and the database back-end for this interactive archive. Ideally, the candidate will also have a background in textual criticism and/or Shakespearean scholarship. Located in McKeldin Library at the heart of the campus, MITH is the University of Maryland’s primary intellectual hub for scholars and practitioners of digital humanities, new media, and cyberculture, as well as the home of the Electronic Literature Organization, the most prominent international group devoted to the writing, publishing and reading of electronic literature. MITH’s house research includes projects in text mining, tool building, visualization, digital libraries, electronic publishing, and digital preservation. We collaborate actively with allied campus units, including the University Libraries, the College of Information Science, and the Human Computer Interaction Lab. Situated just outside of Washington DC, MITH also offers all of the opportunities that come from the libraries, museums, and cultural institutions of the area. Salary range, $50,000 – $55,000. To apply, please send a letter of application, CV, and contact information for three references. Best consideration by April 9, 2008. Application materials may be sent electronically to mith@umd.edu or to Neil Fraistat, Director, MITH, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Consideration of applications to begin immediately. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

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