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Date:         Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:35:34 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.260 job at Stanford
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 260.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 09:24:25 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <>
         Subject: Digital Humanities Specialist Job at Stanford

A great opportunity for a computing humanist just posted to the
Stanford Job site yesterday.  see Job #32686

The committee will be reviewing applications as soon as a suitable
candidate pool has been identified, so don't delay!  Here is the
boilerplate. . .

In response to the growing use of technology in humanities
scholarship, Stanford University seeks an experienced Digital
Humanities Specialist to join Academic Computing.  The successful
candidate must have a deep understanding of scholarship in the
humanities. S/he will work consult with faculty on scholarly projects
to identify technical approaches, processes and tools; evaluate and
integrate existing software tools for use in the Humanities, as well
as design and implement new applications.  The candidate should have
an understanding of current trends in humanities computing, including
such things as data mining, data visualization, text- metadata-
encoding, and digital media.

The incumbent will collaborate with the Academic Technology Specialist
Program team, the Academic Technology Lab Manager and with the
humanities faculty in particular to provide technical solutions for
select research projects. This individual will consult with faculty on
scholarly projects, integrate and develop applications and tools that
support project goals, and consult with other Academic Technology
Specialists in their work with faculty. The position will report to
the manager of the Academic Technology Lab.

Specific responsibilities include:
=B7     Together with the Academic Technology Lab Manager, consult with
faculty to provide project definition and analysis, including defining
project scope, requirements and specifications, and project design.
Recommend and assist with the integration and use of technology in the
=B7     Provide technological support for humanities research projects.
Support may include the evaluation and integration of existing tools,
as well as the development of new applications to support humanities
research. These applications may address needs related to for digital
content creation, content storage, content discovery, text analysis,
data visualization and the manipulation and/or analysis of digital
=B7     Integrate media object types into web applications and/or
collaboration systems using appropriate encoding and compression
=B7     Act as the liaison to faculty in resolving technical issues.
Diagnose and escalate issues to system administrators and Information
Technology Services when appropriate.
=B7     Review professional literature; participate in newsgroups and
other forums to stay abreast of new methodologies and practices
relevant to Digital Humanities; and continually improve knowledge of
academic technology and programming through participation in code
reviews with other Academic Computing developers and attending
appropriate classes and workshops.

=B7     A degree in a humanities discipline and/or a degree in computer
science (or related field). A Masters degree or greater in one of
these areas is preferred.
=B7     A minimum of five years experience in using technology in
Humanities scholarship, and a demonstrated keen understanding of
current projects and trends in the digital humanities.
=B7     Demonstrated proficiency in one or more of the following areas:
natural language processing, data-mining, machine learning, spatial
analysis, data modeling, or information visualization.
=B7     A proven record of developing applications both independently
and as part of a team, from conception through implementation,
including the architectural planning, design, coding, testing,
debugging, and documentation phases of a software development project.
=B7     Experience with relational databases (Oracle, SQL), object-
oriented programming (C++, Java), Unix Shell Programming, and markup
and scripting languages (PHP, Perl, Javascript, XML, XSLT, XHTML, CSS).
=B7     Experience developing and integrating tools in an open source
=B7     Experience with the integration of digital media into web
applications and/or collaboration systems (e.g., Sakai, Drupal, etc.)
Knowledge of digital media (streaming and non-streaming) workflows
=B7     Experience working with faculty in an academic setting.
=B7     Familiarity with human/computer interface principles, and
experience applying those principles in programming.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Matthew Jockers
Stanford University

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