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Lafayette College

Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

Lafayette College invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to join an accomplished team of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) librarians and an active community of DH scholars.  Under the auspices of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries, the Fellow’s work is part of a major initiative, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to develop a liberal arts college model for digital scholarship and teaching.

Responsibilities of the Fellow will include:

  • working with the Library’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) department to formulate policies, manage projects, and develop training to support an expanded and sustainable DH program
  • investigating and evaluating emerging tools and technologies related to DH research
  • holding individual and group DH research training and informational sessions for faculty, staff, and students
  • helping individual faculty members to develop and implement digital projects
  • assisting faculty members with the integration of DH methodologies into existing and/or new academic courses.

The Fellow will collaborate with DSS librarians and with the faculty steering committee of the Mellon Digital Humanities Grant in allocating time and expertise to projects.



  • Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in a humanistic discipline after January 1, 2009, but before beginning the fellowship in July 2014.
  • Experience in the use and application of one or more DH methodologies (e.g., visualization, text-mining, text-encoding, GIS, network analysis, database design, digital editions) for creating and transmitting scholarship.
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary humanities environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate the opportunities of digital research to scholars in the humanities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.


  • Demonstrated digital project management experience.
  • Knowledge of open scholarship trends, resources, and applications.
  • Programming experience.

Appointment Details:

This is a two-year full-time position with benefits, including vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance. The successful candidate must attend a one- to two-week introductory seminar in July/August 2014. To assist with the Fellow’s professional development, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the College’s new faculty orientation and mentoring programs. Salary: $55,000. In addition, the Fellow will receive a research and travel fund.

About Lafayette College:

Located within 70 miles of New York and Philadelphia, Lafayette College is a highly selective undergraduate institution with an enrollment of 2400 students. We are committed to creating a diverse community that is inclusive, responsive, and supportive of each member of the faculty, student body, and staff. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating and maintaining a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.