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Digital Humanities - 50th Anniverary Lecturerships
Salary:   £31,513 to £43,622
Closing Date:   Sunday 20 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  50-1

Digital humanities at Lancaster University is marked by a rich interaction between humanities scholars and linguists working at the forefront of text processing using corpus linguistics. This lectureship is designed to strengthen and further that interaction. We are looking for someone with strong programming skills and either i.) a proven interest in supporting humanities scholars to produce high quality digital humanities research and/or ii.) a track record of producing high quality digital humanities research. In terms of programming, we would expect the candidate to have i.) a working knowledge of JSON, SQL and XML and ii.) the ability to program in at least one of the following: C, C++ or JAVA. It would also be desirable for the candidate to have experience of one of the following: Bourne Shell, JavaScript,  Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby.In terms of their engagement with the humanities, we would expect the candidate to be willing to work with scholars in History, Linguistics and Literature, though in the first instance a demonstrated engagement with any one of these areas would be acceptable.

Our vision for this research lectureship is that the person appointed would be able to i.) work to continue to develop the excellent text processing architecture that we have, CQPweb; ii.) design and develop new tools to enhance our abilities to engage with textual material; iii.) lead initiatives in the area of content creation, especially with materials pre-dating the late 20th century; iv.) develop a distinct research agenda that would bring in, facilitate and focus the research of digital humanities scholars across Lancaster University and v.) through iv, develop and win external funding that would enable us to continue to develop and expand our research in digital humanities.

The lectureship would be based in the ESRC funded Corpus Approaches to Social Science research Centre in the first instance. The intention is that the lecturer will in time design and deliver UG and PG training courses across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to encourage the development and uptake of skills in digital humanities in our students. It is anticipated that such courses would be delivered under the auspices of the Department of Linguistics and English Language.


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