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Senior Positions in the Digital Humanities

In addition to the rising tide of tenure-track and post-doc positions recently mentioned here and over on Mills Kelly’s blog, there are at least three excellent senior positions available this year in the digital humanities:

The Breslauer Chair in Bibliography at UCLA

The NINES directorship at the University of Virginia

Dartmouth’s newly endowed chair in the Digital Humanities

University of Chicago Postdoc in Digital History

A great opportunity for an early career digital historian:

Postdoc Fellowship in Digital  History. The Department of History at the University of Chicago seeks applications and nominations for a two-year residential Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in digital history, beginning fall 2008 . The successful candidate will be expected to research how the proliferation of digital possibilities is changing the culture of historical inquiry and pedagogy. Areas of interest may include, for example, the provision of databases and search techniques (as in Google-type scanning projects), the use of digital media to convey aspects of cultural knowledge beyond the capability of the printed page, or the implications of global networking for the circulation and credibility of  historiographical claims among new audiences.  But the specific theme is open, and these are only three among a very wide range of possibilities.  The appointment will be at the rank of instructor. The fellow will combine research, writing, and half-time teaching, with the opportunity to teach two one-quarter courses per year (one undergraduate and one graduate) about the possibilities and implications of new media for historical knowledge. Open to applicants who will have received the PhD within five academic years previous to the year of the award; persons holding tenure-track appointments are ineligible to apply. Applications include a c.v., a chapter length piece of writing and three letters of recommendation. Applications will be read as soon as they arrive. No electronic applications will be accepted. Please address all materials to: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Search Committee, Dept of History, University of Chicago, 1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637-1580. The University of Chicago is an AA/EOE.

Another Great Job: Project Manager, National History Education Clearinghouse

Our official advertisement for the position:

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University is hiring a full-time Project Manager to work on the National History Education Clearinghouse. The successful candidate will be an energetic, well-organized person who takes initiative, works well in a team and independently, and is comfortable performing a variety of tasks. Responsibilities include project management, liaison work with schools, presentations and outreach, research, editing, and writing. BA by September 1, 2007. Experience with history, history education, written and oral communication, and online environments preferred and advanced training in history (e.g., MA or ABD) and/or K-12 teacher experience a plus. This is an exciting opportunity that is particularly appropriate for someone with a combined interest in education and history. This is a grant-funded, one-year position at the Center for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu), which is well known for innovative work in digital media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and accessible by public transportation.

Apply online (including resume, two references, and a cover letter describing any interest in history) at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position 10399Z. If you have questions, contact us at chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “Project Manager.” Salary commiserate with education and experience. We will begin considering applications on 11/7/2007 and continue until the position is filled.

We’re Hiring (Yet Again)

The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University continues to expand, and we are currently looking to fill two positions, listed below in their official ads. Of course, readers of this blog should always feel free to email me with any questions about possible employment at CHNM, or simply to send me their CV for future reference since we have new positions frequently and are always looking for talented people who have both academic and technical skills.

Web Designer: CHNM is seeking a web designer and developer. We require an energetic and well-organized individual to work on a variety of innovative, web-based history projects. This position is particularly appropriate for someone with a combined interest in technology and history. The successful applicant will be able to create mockups and wireframes for historical, cultural, and educational websites and bring those ideas to fruition using the latest and highest web development standards. Fluency with current web design technologies (including ability to hand code HTML, CSS, and Javascript), proven experience with Photoshop and Illustrator, and familiarity with web accessibility and web usability standards are essential. Some familiarity with web-database technologies (MySQL, PHP), contemporary trends in web development (e.g., AJAX, DHTML, Rails), and multimedia technologies (Flash, including ActionScript, Final Cut Pro) is a plus, as is prior work in history or the humanities. This is a grant-funded, two-year position. Apply online (including resume, three references, links to prior web work, and a cover letter describing technology background and any interest in history) at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position 10397Z. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. If you have questions, contact us at chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “Web Designer.” We will begin considering applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Web Developer/Programmer: CHNM is seeking an entry-level web developer/programmer to work on two innovative new open source software projects, Zotero and Omeka. This is a grant-funded, one-to-two-year position that is particularly appropriate for someone with a combined interest in 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: PHP, MySQL, Javascript, CSS, XML, object-oriented programming, and database-driven web applications. Ability to work in a team is very important. Apply online at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position 10398z; please include cover letter with a description of relevant programming projects and experience; resume, and three references. Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. If you have questions, contact us at chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “programmer.” We will begin considering applications immediately and continue until the position is filled.

About CHNM
: Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media has used digital media and computer technology to change the ways that people–scholars, students, and the general public–learn about and use the past. We do that by bringing together the most exciting and innovative digital media with the latest and best historical scholarship. We believe that serious scholarship and cutting-edge multimedia can be combined to promote an inclusive and democratic understanding of the past as well as a broad historical literacy that fosters deep understanding of the most complex issues about the past and present. CHNM’s work has been internationally recognized for cutting-edge work in history and new media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and is accessible by public transportation.

Job Openings at CHNM

Once again we’re hiring at the Center for History and New Media. We are particularly interested in people with energy and creativity who would enjoy spending a year or more working with the team at CHNM. Experience with digital media is a plus but not a requirement. In the past, these positions have been excellent springboards to tenure-track teaching jobs, graduate work in the humanities, and other exciting opportunities within and outside of academia.

Zotero Needs Your Help, Part I

We’re ramping up here at Zotero headquarters for the big release of the public beta (it should be out next week). But we’re already thinking ahead to great new features—including nifty ways to share and collaborate, as I mentioned in my last post on Zotero—and to building not only a large and active user community, but also a community to help disseminate, support, and further develop this free and open software. In short, we need your help! In this post I’ll let you know about the official George Mason University announcements for full-time positions at CHNM (sorry for the officialese and also for the repetitiveness; it’s necessary to post these as they are recorded with GMU Human Resources). In the next post, I’ll let you know about other opportunities to help out.

Senior Programmer: The Center for History & New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu) at George Mason University is seeking a programmer to work primarily on Zotero (http://www.zotero.org), an open source bibliographic management and note-taking tool for the Firefox web browser. Applicants should have an advanced knowledge of JavaScript, XUL, XML, CSS, and other technologies critical for Firefox development, such as XPCOM. Applicants should also have a working knowledge of PHP, Java, and MySQL, and have solid command-line Linux skills. Ability to work in a team is very important. This is a grant-funded, two-year position at the Center for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu), which is known for innovative work in digital media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and accessible by public transportation. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “senior programmer.” Applications without a cover letter and resume will not be considered. The cover letter should include salary requirements and a description of relevant programming projects and experience. We will begin considering applications on 10/15/2006 and continue until the position is filled.

Technology Outreach Coordinator: The Center for History & New Media at George Mason University is seeking a technology outreach coordinator for Zotero (http://www.zotero.org), an open source bibliographic management and note-taking tool for the Firefox web browser. The technology outreach coordinator will be responsible for building alliances with scholarly organizations and libraries, encouraging scholars to try Zotero, developing and maintaining user documentation, and building awareness of this next-generation research tool. We are looking for an energetic, well-organized individual with excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants should have at least some graduate training in library science or one of the humanities or social science disciplines as well as familiarity with relevant technologies (e.g., XML, RDF, metadata standards, and Firefox extensions) and scholarly research practices. This is a grant-funded, two-year position at the Center for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu) at George Mason University, which is known for innovative work in digital media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and accessible by public transportation. Please send letter of application, CV, or resume, and three references to chnm@gmu.edu with the subject line “Technology Outreach Coordinator.” We will begin considering applications October 15, 2006, and continue until the position is filled.

Web Designer: The Center for History & New Media at George Mason University is seeking a web designer and developer. We require an energetic and well-organized individual to work on a variety of innovative, web-based history projects. This position is particularly appropriate for someone with a combined interest in technology and history. The successful applicant will be able to create mockups and wireframes for historical, cultural, and educational websites and bring those ideas to fruition using the latest and highest web development standards. Fluency with current web design technologies (including ability to hand code HTML, CSS, and Javascript) and familiarity with web accessibility and web usability standards are essential. Some familiarity with web-database technologies (MySQL, PHP), contemporary trends in web development (e.g., AJAX, DHTML and DOM Scripting, Rails) and multimedia and graphic design applications (Flash, including ActionScript, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator) is a plus, as is prior work in history or the humanities. This is a grant-funded two-year position at the Center for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu), which is known for innovative work in digital media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and accessible by public transportation.Please send a resume, three references, links to prior web/multimedia work, and a cover letter describing technology background and any interest in history to chnm@gmu.edu with subject line “Web Designer.” Salary: $32-40K plus excellent benefits. We will begin considering applications on 10/15/2006 and continue until the position is filled.

About CHNM: Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to change the ways that people—scholars, students, and the general public—learn about and use the past. We do that by bringing together the most exciting and innovative digital media with the latest and best historical scholarship. We believe that serious scholarship and cutting edge multimedia can be combined to promote an inclusive and democratic understanding of the past as well as a broad historical literacy that fosters deep understanding of the most complex issues about the past and present. CHNM’s work has been internationally recognized for cutting-edge work in history and new media. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, CHNM is 15 miles from Washington, DC, and is accessible by public transportation.

Please also see the second post in this series for other exciting opportunities to help out and extend Zotero.

Job Openings at CHNM for 2006-2007

Do you have technical skills and would like to apply those talents to expand and improve online learning and scholarship? Does your inner geek thrive in an academic setting? Do you want to be on the cutting edge of digital research? The Center for History and New Media is hiring! We have three openings for jobs that begin in the summer of 2006. The Center is a fantastic, exciting place to work, as I can attest. Here are the job descriptions; please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and please forward these descriptions to others who might be interested.

Digital Historian: This is a one- to two-year position (depending on funding) at the rank of Research Assistant Professor at the Center for History and New Media (CHNM), which is closely affiliated with the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. A PhD or advanced ABD in History or a closely related field is required. We are especially interested in people with some or all of the following credentials, but they are not required for the position: 1. experience in digital history or digital libraries; 2. strong technical background in new technology and new media; 3. administrative and organizational experience; 4. background in the history of science, technology, and industry, broadly defined. Please send letter of application, CV or resume, and three letters of recommendation (or dossier) to chnm@gmu.edu or Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive MS 1E7, Fairfax, VA 22030. Electronic submissions encouraged. Please use subject line “Digital Historian.” We will begin considering applications 1 April, 2006.

Webmaster and Technical Coordinator: The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University (GMU) anticipates an opening in Summer 2006 for a Webmaster/ Technical Coordinator to maintain the CHNM server and oversee the CHNM computer lab. This is a permanent classified staff position that is particularly appropriate for someone with combined interest in technology and history. We are seeking an energetic, responsible, well-organized person who is equally able to work independently, as part of a team, and as a supervisor. Specific background and experience is less important than the ability to learn new technical skills quickly. But knowledge of some combination of the following would be particularly helpful: scripting languages (especially PHP); database-driven web applications (especially using MySQL); command-line configuration of Red Hat Linux and Apache; web design (CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop); and Mac and Windows operating systems. In addition to overseeing a Red Hat Linux server, the Webmaster will help develop web database applications, construct websites, purchase and maintain software and hardware for the lab, and supervise part-time staff. Salary: $35-39K plus excellent benefits. Please email resume, three references, links to prior web-based work, and cover letter about technology background and interest in history to chnm@gmu.edu. Please use subject line “Webmaster.” We will begin considering applications on 4/15/2006 and continue until the position is filled.

Web Developer: The Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University anticipates an entry-level opening for a web and multimedia developer in Summer 2006. We require an energetic and well-organized person to work on a variety of innovative, web-based history projects. This is a grant-funded, one-to-two-year position that is particularly appropriate for someone with a combined interest in technology and history. Specific background and experience is less important than the ability to learn new technical skills quickly. But knowledge of some combination of the following would be particularly helpful: web-database applications (MySQL and PHP), web design (CSS, Dreamweaver, Photoshop), multimedia (Flash, including ActionScript), and Final Cut Pro. Salary: $34K plus excellent benefits. Please email resume, three references, links to any prior web-based work (or programming examples), and a cover letter about technology background and interest in history to chnm@gmu.edu. Please use subject line “web developer.” We will begin considering applications on 4/15/2006 and continue until the position is filled.