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postdoc for a "digital medievliast"

Dear Colleagues:
I know it is very late in the game
for this kind of posting, but circumstances are such that I am looking
for a post-doc research fellow for the T-PEN project for immediate hire.
 At this point, residence in St Louis is negotiable (although the
successful candidate must already be able to work legally in the USA).
 Feel free to share the details with everyone and anyone. 
Louis University, a Jesuit Catholic institution dedicated to education,
research, healthcare and service, seeks applications for a full-time,
limited contract, Research Fellow (Senior Research Assistant) in the
Center for Digital Theology. The successful candidate will join a
research team which is developing a web-based application in digital
humanities: T-PEN (Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial
Notation) is a web-based tool that assist scholars who wish to
transcribe from digitized, unpublished manuscripts. T-PEN has been in
development for a year, and the new Research Fellow will contribute to
its completion over the next year. Details of the project may be found
at digital-editor.blogspot.com

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Fellow
works alongside a Java Developer and GUI Developer as well as the
project's other Co-PI, Professor Abigail Firey (University of Kentucky).
The Research Fellow contributes to T-PEN's general development (which
features to create or modify, how to make the application more usable,
etc.), participates in bug reporting and usability testing, attends
weekly staff meetings, and executes a transcription project that will
act as a major use case for T-PEN. That project will be based on one or
more the 2,600 manuscripts that T-PEN currently has permission to use,
which are drawn from five partnering digital repositories (Parker on the
Web, e-codices, CEEC, Hougthon Library [Harvard] and Assisi). The
Research Fellow will publish a working digital edition of the text based
on the transcription work using T-PEN throughout the academic year. The
Research Fellow also contributes posts to T-PEN's blog and must be
willing to "tweet" about the project on a regular basis on Twitter.

The successful candidate will possess a doctorate in medieval studies

(or a single humanities discipline with a medieval research focus) and
will have strong, demonstrated skills in paleography and Latin and/or a
medieval vernacular language. Some experience in text editing would also
be an asset. The successful candidate must have demonstrable experience
in the digital humanities (such as digital text editing, software
development, digital image analysis, database development, etc.).
Experience with XML encoding would also be an asset. (S)he must also
possess strong interpersonal skills, be able to work in a team
environment, and be able to work to set deadlines. The position will
begin immediately upon hire and will terminate on 30 April 2011. The
annual salary will be $40,000, paid on a monthly basis. The position
includes medical and other minor benefits.

Summary of Qualifications


- PhD in Medieval Studies (or a single humanities discipline with a medieval research focus)
- Demonstrated skill in Paleography and Latin (and/or a medieval vernacular language) 

- Demonstrable experience in digital humanities
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment
- Able to work to set deadlines

- Experience in text editing
- Experience with XML encoding

Applications are to be submitted on line at http://jobs.slu.edu.
Please include a letter of application, a CV, a list of URLs of
previous projects or a sample written piece that engages the methods of
digital humanities, and a list of three referees. Potential applicants
are welcome to contact Professor James Ginther, Director, Center for
Digital Theology, for any additional information at ginthej@slu.edu.

Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minority

James R. Ginther, PhD

Professor of Medieval Theology
& Director,
Center for Digital Theology
Saint Louis University
Faculty Page: Departmental Page

Research Blog: http://digital-editor.blogspot.com
Twitter: DH_editor


Too bad this isn't next year -- I might be able to make a case that I'm close enough then.