Monday, April 1, 2013

McGill University: Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Ming Qing Women’s Writings Digital Archive and Database

The Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University (Montreal, Canada), announces a postdoctoral fellowship with support from the Henry Luce Foundation to begin Aug. 1, 2013, renewable for two subsequent years. The fellow will assist Prof. Grace Fong, Director of the Ming Qing Women’s Writings Digital Archive and Database ( ), in executing, managing, and developing the collaborative digitization project with the National Library of China (Beijing) and East China Normal University (Shanghai). The ideal candidate will combine knowledge of digital technology with a disciplinary specialization in the Humanities/Social Sciences, Library and Information Science, or Education Technology. Native or near-native fluency in oral and written English and modern Chinese are required; knowledge of classical Chinese an asset. The ideal candidate will have experience with application development in PHP, MySQL relational databases & data modeling, familiarity with web tools (PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), and experience working with standardized metadata, prosopographical implementations in a relational database, and be able to produce technical documentation in English to support their work. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach one course in the general area of Chinese digital humanities studies depending on their expertise.

Applicants must have received their PhD degree in 2008 or later, but must have completed all requirements for the PhD degree by July 31, 2013. The annual fellowship stipend will be CAD$50,000. Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include:

I. Cover Sheet providing the following information in numerical order:
1. Name, 2. University and dept. (of PhD), 3. Field of Study, 4. Thesis title, 5. Date PhD received (if pending, give specific timeline), 6. Summary of experience relevant to working with digital media (max. 500 words).

II. CV (incl. list of publications).

III. Dissertation title, abstract, and table of contents.

IV. Two Letters of Recommendation (one letter should address the applicant's experience relevant to the field of digital humanities).

All application materials should be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online (