Senior Research Programmer – Humanities

The following by way of TEI-L:

The Scholarly Technology Group at Brown is looking for the right person to complete our team.

We’re looking for a creative, technically sophisticated individual who will use computer methods and structured data to augment the resarch process for humanities scholars. We’re not an acronym-based technical services shop; we are part of the university research environment, with a license to explore content and technology, and push the boundaries of practice where possible. If you’re not interested in digitality or the humanities, you’re probably not a good fit.

As a senior technical member of the team, you will have the opportunity to explore and to lead, in a unique academic environment.

An increased, university-wide, focus on the digital humanities and digital libraries make this an especially exciting moment to join STG. The Senior Research Programmer will be a technical contributor and a partner in defining and implementing technology in humanities research agendas at Brown.

While this is not an academic position, STG has close relationships with the academic part of the university, and can arrange departmental affiliations for an appropriate candidate.

This position requires breadth of vision and experience across significant and disparate fields. No candidate can be equally deep in all areas, so we are not limited by formal credentials in any specific area; we are looking for a candidate who can excel in an interdisciplinary environment. You will thrive here if you can communicate and think across the gap between Snow’s “two cultures.” We will also consider interested applicants without a formal humanities background. Applicants with a degree in Library Science, Information Science, or Computer Science and an interest in the kinds of problems involved in digital humanities projects and data are encouraged to apply.

Senior Research Programmer – Humanities
Scholarly Technology Group
Brown University

The Scholarly Technology Group (STG) at Brown University is seeking a senior staff member who will provide technical leadership and innovation as part of STG’s involvement in, and engagement with, faculty research projects in the digital humanities. STG projects range from document databases based on XML and XML tools, to experiments in collaboration, classification, mapping and visualization. STG projects are founded in high-level information design, and require current knowledge of web standards and interaction design. The Senior Research Programmer is encouraged to have a relevant research agenda of their own, or to participate in the group’s ongoing research into digital humanities topics.

STG staff provide faculty projects with expertise in text encoding and metadata standards, accessibility, database design, web programming, digital project design, information design, and grant-writing. We combine a strong background in the humanities and social sciences with a deep interest in the meaning of digital technologies for scholarly communication.

The Senior Research Programmer works closely with faculty, STG staff and students to carry out digital humanities projects by performing project analysis, providing technical leadership, system architecture and programming and software development. Since STG is a small group, this person can contribute at all levels: to recruit, plan, manage projects, write grant proposals, stay abreast of new methods and technologies and disseminate STG’s work at conferences.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree in the humanities desirable. Formal CS coursework or equivalent.
  • Experience in digital humanities, digital libraries or comparable area.
  • Strong technical background in relevant areas, ideally: XML, web technologies, metadata standards, text retrieval, software development
  • Interest in digital communications and collaboration, new media.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; can formulate options, develop and recommend solutions, especially in a constantly changing work environment.
  • Ability to communicate STG ideas and results within the group and externally.

STG is part of Computing and Information Services and provides advanced technology consulting to Brown humanities faculty primarily through large and small projects in support of scholarly work in the digital medium. We explore, extend anc contribute to the critical new technologies that are transforming scholarly work and helping to maintain its longevity: data and metadata standards, XML publication tools, text encoding methods, database design, and accessibility standards. We have a strong relationship with the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives, and often work on joint projects. STG consists of three staff members: the Director, a Senior Research Programmer, and a Research Programmer. STG also employs several student programmers and designers and works with graduate students who provide content expertise.

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To apply:, go to job B00938

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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