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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities


The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences offers a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities.



The successful candidate will work closely with faculty members of Humanities subjects (History, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, and Comparative Media Studies/Writing) to produce a comprehensive assessment of the needs, current capacity, and future uses of digital humanities at MIT.

In conducting this assessment, the candidate will also consult with other important and related scholarly and computational resources at MIT, in particular the MIT Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning (ODL).

It is expected also that the Fellow will make contact with other Digital Humanities Centers in the Boston area and beyond, and apply the insights gained from these encounters to the digital humanities strengths at MIT. The Fellow will report to the head of a SHASS DH committee, composed of faculty representatives from the respective disciplines. 

The position offers the opportunity to be a part of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (MIT SHASS), one of the Institute's five schools. The School is home to four sections and over 50 faculty members dedicated to scholarship in the humanities. MIT SHASS has a long tradition of integrating computational approaches to a range of subjects, including, but not limited to, the teaching of foreign languages and cultures, learning about history, analyzing the plays of Shakespeare, and designing interactive documentary films. 

The appointment will be for two-years, effective July 1, 2016. The salary will be $64,500 per year, plus benefits. 



  1. Doctoral degree in a discipline present in MIT SHASS.

  2. Experience in digital humanities, demonstrated by successful integration of digital humanities methodologies with Humanities or Social Sciences scholarship.

  3. Strong computer skills, including fluency in platforms such as Omeka, Scripto, Wordpress, Adobe Creative Suite, and video and audio editing software. Experience designing projects that emphasize text coding and text mining, text annotation, database management and data visualization, or mapping applications desirable.

  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Online Application

Please submit online applications including the listed materials via Wizehive: Cover letter; one-page statement of relevant experience(s), skills, and projects for the Fellowship; CV with links to online projects and/or e-portfolio, and three letters of recommendation.   

Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you have problems with the application process or questions, please email


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