Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities: Five Colleges

With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Five Colleges, Incorporated invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities beginning in the academic year 2013-14. The position will be based at one of the consortium’s associated institutions (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst). While the Ph.D. field and the eventual assigned department(s) are open, we especially seek candidates engaged in interdisciplinary work in the humanities who bring to their research and teaching the theoretical, methodological, and technical practice of digital technologies. Along with fluency in the intellectual and theoretical challenges posed by the emerging field of digital humanities, we expect candidates to have experience in computational approaches to interpretation, whether the interpretive focus rests on performances, architectural or urban settings, texts, images, and/or other artifacts. Expertise could be in geographic information systems, visualization, text-mining or other modes of computer or internet-based work, as well as new modes of presenting work in electronic formats.

This position is part of a Five College initiative to support exceptionally promising young scholars, offering an opportunity to pursue teaching and research for two years. The fellow will teach two undergraduate courses each year, one each semester. (There will be a home institution and one other campus where teaching will occur, both to be determined such that the successful candidate’s field of specialization can be best supported with mentors.) Because this post-doctoral program is designed to provide the fellow with valuable teaching experience and time to complete and publish research prior to seeking a full-time tenure-track position, the fellow will also be expected to pursue an independent research program vigorously.

The fellow will fully participate in one of the nation’s most vibrant academic collaborations, with support from colleagues and library and research facilities at all five campuses, each located within 20 minutes drive of the others. The fellow will be paired with research and teaching mentors in closely related fields and will be an active participant in the Five College Digital Humanities Project with the opportunity to collaborate with scholars engaged with the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment ($50,000) with excellent benefits and $5,000 in research support each year. It is open only to recent Ph.D. recipients; the fellow must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2013 and no earlier than June 2010.

Review of applications will begin January 30, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. You may apply here.

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