Records of Early English Drama (REED) Post-Doctoral Digital Humanities Fellowship

The Records of Early English Drama (), an international humanities research project focusing on medieval and early modern performance studies that is based at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Digital Humanities. REED is at the start of a substantial shift in how it publishes its record collections, from print to online, and the successful candidate will be an integral member of the team responsible for developing this new digital approach to publishing these resources for research and education. REED is a longstanding research and editorial project, with partnership for maintenance and sustainability of its digital resources at the University of Toronto Libraries. REED is overseen by an international Executive Board, with a Digital Advisory Committee guiding its Digital Humanities initiatives.

The Digital Humanities Fellow will join the project on site at the University of Toronto in order to work effectively with the general editor, editorial staff, developers, and research assistants. The Fellow will also work closely with REED’s Digital Advisory Committee, who, along with members of the Executive Board, will provide guidance, mentorship, and professionalisation. The Digital Humanities fellow will be key to the development of a new digital editing and publication environment for REED’s forthcoming digital collections. As a member of the editorial team, the fellow will also participate meaningfully in the development of the online indexing of REED collections, and work to establish progressive new strategies for glossing medieval and early modern documents through editing and encoding of TEI documents and development of REED’s new digital production environment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate superior skills and aptitudes in early modern research, textual studies, and scholarly editing in Digital Humanities contexts. Advanced competency in TEI-compliant XML (P5) is required and some XSLT 2.0 experience is strongly desirable. Engagement in open source development, digital scholarship frameworks and open access approaches to scholarship is essential. In addition, he or she should possess strong organisational skills and the desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.

The successful applicant will also be encouraged to pursue his or her own research while at U of T, while receiving training and career development opportunities through REED’s international network as well as members of the REED Executive Board and Digital Advisory Committee.

Salary for this position is competitive in the Canadian context. Applicants must have completed their PhD within five years of the beginning of the fellowship. Applicants who will defend their thesis before 1 July 2015 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defence. Applicants who received their PhD prior to 1 July 2010 are ineligible.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.

Applications, comprising a brief cover letter, CV, a sample of Digital Humanities work in medieval or early modern scholarship, and the names and contact information for three referees, may be sent electronically to the general editor, Sally­Beth MacLean, at <s.maclean@utoronto.ca>. Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled; the position can begin as early as June 2015. All applications received will be acknowledged.

 

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