Gepubliceerd op 21-03-2016

Job: Postdoctoral Researcher / Digital Humanities Developer, Radboud University Nijmegen

You will work as part of a six-person team on the ERC-funded project ‘MEDIATE’ (Middlebrow Enlightenment: Disseminating Ideas, Authors and Texts in 18th-century Europe), which aims to reconstruct reading trends in 18th-century Europe and revise our understanding of the Enlightenment.

You will construct the project’s central database of 18th-century library auction catalogues, which will be made fully searchable by developing OCR or other technologies and/or software enabling record linkage in the corpus of catalogues. In addition, you will develop a new text-mining algorithm, implement the digital curation workflow (including some data entry and analysis), and will ensure the interoperability and interconnectivity of the database with other major, international book history and digitization projects.

Furthermore, you will participate in the project’s programme of workshops, symposia and international conferences, both in speaking and organizational roles. You will also contribute to the publication of digital and print research outputs, both individually and collaboratively.


  • a background in Digital Humanities, as evidenced by a PhD in the field;
  • experience with extraction and analysis of information encoded in large corpuses of textual data;
  • experience working with OCR software and technologies;
  • some knowledge of library science and cataloguing;
  • the ability to work with PICCL workflow;
  • some knowledge of book history, history or cognate disciplines;
  • team spirit/ability to work collaboratively in an international research team;
  • the ability to communicate effectively with non IT-specialist colleagues about the project’s technical requirements;
  • a proactive, can-do outlook.

More information
You can apply for this job until March 31, 2016.


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