Humanities Research Associate

The Research Computing unit at UNC-Chapel Hill is seeking a Humanities Research Associate to provide technical leadership to spearhead our engagement with faculty researchers in the humanities. This position will be a technical contributor and a partner in defining, implementing and supporting technologies to advance humanities research at UNC-Chapel Hill. The research associate will provide programming and technical expertise in areas such as text encoding and metadata standards, database design and queries, software development, web programming, and digital project design. Possible initial projects include implementing and supporting the use of SEASR for text and data mining; developing document databases based on XML and XML tools; and assembling collections of open-source tools and development environments to advance digital humanities projects.
The Humanities Research Associate will work closely with faculty and IT colleagues to enable research computing collaboration for a wide range of projects in humanities. The employee’s skills may also be leveraged to advance research projects outside the humanities, as time allows. S/he will serve as a liaison between central research computing services and faculty in the humanities, identifying needs, and recommending and implementing solutions.


Masters required; advanced degree in the humanities desirable
Two or more years of experience with technical humanities computing strongly desired
Strong technical background and demonstrated proficiency in relevant areas, including XML, Java, Perl, web-accessible databases, metadata standards, text retrieval, software development
Experience in digital humanities, digital libraries or comparable area
Current knowledge of web standards and technologies
Interest in digital communications and collaboration, new media.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Demonstrated ability to formulate options, develop and deploy technical solutions, especially in a rapidly changing work environment.
Demonstrated ability to work well individually and in a team environment and to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Application Deadline: September 20, 2010

To apply for this position, please visit our website: A CV, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three references are required.


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