Job: Research Associate, Digital Sanskrit Library (Brown)

The following notice comes by way of Elli Mylonas at Brown University:

The digital Sanskrit library in the Department of Classics at Brown University seeks a post-doctoral research associate for one year to assist in an NEH-funded project entitled, “Enhancing Access to Primary Cultural Heritage Materials of India.”  The position carries a stipend of $25,000 for one year.

The Sanskrit Library is a collaborative project to make the heritage texts of India accessible on the web.  The project is building a digital Sanskrit library by integrating texts, linguistic software, and digital Sanskrit lexical sources.  This year the project is making digital images of manuscripts of the Mahābhārata and Bhāgavatapurāṇa housed at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, cataloguing them, and linking them with the corresponding machine-readable texts.  Extending the scope of linguistic software to these digital images serves as a pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of doing so with manuscript images generally.

The research associate will work with the project director, software engineer, and student assistants on the following tasks:

–to mark manuscript page boundaries in machine-readable texts
–to develop word-spotting and automated text-image alignment techniques
–to develop conduits for simultaneous print, PDF, and html publication of the catalogue and other documents.

The position requires advanced training in Sanskrit, academic research skills, and expertise in XML.  Desirable additionally are some or all of the following: competence in the text-encoding initiative (TEI) standards, XSLT, HTML, CSS, TeX, Java, user-interface design, Perl, PhP, and server administration.  The applicant is expected to be creative and to able to work individually as well as to collaborate with technical personnel.

Brown University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  Apply by sending a resumé, a description of your relevant experience with links to products produced, a clear indication of your role and responsibility in their production (whether you are exclusively responsible or the manner and extent of your responsibility), and the names and contact information of three references to the project director (Peter Scharf) via email ( with the subject heading, “Sanskrit Library Assistant,” by 1 December 2009.

About Tom Elliott

Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
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