Grade 7: £29,249 - £35,938 p.a.
The project is looking for a classics scholar and papyrologist who is also
engaged in the Digital Humanities at the computational level.
The candidate is expected to take a leadership role in overseeing the
development of an expert interface, through which professional scholars can
access and conduct research on Ancient Lives data, and an innovative digital
text-editing environment for unpublished material. Guiding and working closely
with programming analysts that collaborate on the project will be the core
day-to-day task. Ensuring the data flows into a propitious user interface for
a professionally trained classicist and papyrologist is essential. And in
order to build an expert system that assists papyrologists in editing
fragments through automated natural language processing techniques, the
candidate will be constantly translating their philological skill set into
computational thinking to develop pseudo-logic for programming staff.
The role of Researcher in Digital Philology requires first a demonstrated
ability in both literary and documentary papyrology, as well as training in
textual criticism. The candidate will be editing papyrus fragments, and thus
should already have edited texts at a scholarly level. Second, the candidate
must also have the following computational skill set: knowledge of programming
languages (esp. Ruby), MySQL, web development, and the methodology of
crowdsourcing. In particular, prior experience developing and managing a
significant Digital Humanities project is highly desired. Since Ancient Lives
is an ongoing grant funded project, the candidate must also show a history of
grant writing experience.
The closing date for applications is noon on 6 December 2012
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