[Humanist] positions in a project at the British Library and Alan Turing Institute (London)

Willard McCarty willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Sep 3 10:49:18 CEST 2018

Dear Humanist members,

As the restoration of Humanist nears its completion, I send along the 
following because of the opportunities it will offer those who are 

Not long now!


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Subject: 	Humanist post? Seeking researchers to work on an ambitious 
data science and digital humanities project at the British Library and 
Alan Turing Institute (London)
Date: 	Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:28:11 +0100
From: 	Mia <mia.ridge at gmail.com>

   Seeking researchers to work on an ambitious data science and digital
   humanities project at the British Library and Alan Turing Institute

/If you follow @BL_DigiSchol <https://twitter.com/BL_DigiSchol> or 
<https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DigitalHumanities&src=typd> hashtags on 
twitter, you might have seen a burst of data science, history and 
digital humanities jobs being advertised. In this post, Dr Mia Ridge of 
the Library's Digital Scholarship team provides some background to 
contextualise the jobs advertised with the 'Living with Machines' project./

We are seeking to appoint several new roles who will collaborate on an 
exciting new project developed by the British Library and The Alan 
Turing Institute, the national centre for data science and artificial 
intelligence. You'd be working with an inter-disciplinary group of 
investigators. The project is led by Ruth Ahnert (QMUL), and co-led by 
(in alphabetical order): Adam Farquhar (British Library), Emma Griffin 
(UEA), James Hetherington (Alan Turing Institute), Jon Lawrence 
(Exeter), Barbara McGillivray (Alan Turing Institute and Cambridge) and 
Mia Ridge (British Library).

In its early stages of development, the project, called /Living with 
Machines,/ brings together national-scale digital collections and data, 
advanced data science techniques, and fundamental humanities questions. 
It will look at the social and cultural impact of mechanisation across 
the long nineteenth century, using data science methods both to track 
the application of technology to our social and economic lives /and/ the 
human response to their introduction. The project will initially work 
with digitised newspaper collections, but will look to include a variety 
of sources and formats held by the British Library and other institutions.

So what does this mean for you? The project name is both a reference to 
the impact of the Industrial Revolution and a nod to the impact of 
computational methods on scholarship. It will require radical 
collaboration between historians, data scientists, geographers, 
computational linguists, and curators to enable new intersections 
between computational methods and historical inquiry.

We’re looking to recruit people interested in examining the impact - the 
challenges, as well as the opportunities - of intensely 
interdisciplinary collaboration, while applying transformative 
data-science driven approaches to enable new research questions and 
approaches to historical sources. As a multidisciplinary project, it 
will require people with enough perspective on their own disciplines to 
explain often tacit knowledge about the norms and practices of those 
disciplines. Each team member will play an active part in relevant 
aspects of the research process, including outreach and publications, 
while gaining experience working on a very large-scale project. We're 
looking for people who enjoy collaboration and solving problems in a 
complex environment.

As the job titles below indicate, the project will require people with a 
range of skills and experience. Outputs will range from visualisations, 
to monographs and articles, to libraries of code; from training 
workshops and documentation, to work ensuring the public and other 
researchers can meaningfully access and interpret the results of data 
science processes. A number of roles are offered to help make this a 

Jobs currently advertised:

   * Two History Post-Doctoral Research Associates
   * Digital Humanities Post-Doctoral Research Associate
   * Computational Linguistics Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The British Library jobs are now advertised, closing September 21:

   * Digital Systems Engineer, Living with Machines
     (suitable for Research Software Engineers or other software developers)
   * Data and Content Manager, Living with Machines
   * Rights Assurance Manager, Living with Machines
   * Digital Curator, Living with Machines
     (contributing to the development and implementation of the digital
     scholarship and public outreach strands of the project)

You may have noticed that the British Library is also currently 
advertising for a Curator, Newspaper Data 
(closes Sept 9). This isn’t related to /Living with Machines/, but with 
an approach of applying data-driven journalism and visualisation 
techniques to historical collections, it should have some lovely 
synergies and opportunities to share work in progress with the project 
team. There's also a Research Software Engineer 
advertised that will work closely with many of the same British Library 

If you're applying for these posts, you may want to check out the 
Library's visions and values 
<https://www.bl.uk/careers/what-we-do/vision-and-values> on the 
refreshed 'Careers' website.

Keep an eye out for press releases and formal announcements from the 
institutions involved, but in the meantime, please share the job ads 
with people who might be suitable for any of these roles. If you have 
any questions about the roles, HR at turing.ac.uk <mailto:HR at turing.ac.uk> 
is a great place to start.

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