Job Opening: Digital Humanities Asia, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University

job opening - 5Institution:      Stanford University, History
Location:         California, United States

Position, Digital Humanities Asia Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University 

The Digital Humanities Asia (DHAsia) program at Stanford University invites applications for a 12-month Postdoctoral position during the 2017-2018 academic year. This position is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar program, with further support provided by Stanford University. The successful applicant is expected to begin on or by October 1, 2017.

Stanford University is a globally recognized leader in the fields of Digital Humanities, GIS, text analysis, social network analysis, Text Technologies, and natural language processing. The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), the Literary Lab, and more attract scholars from around the world who are eager to learn from our experiences and implement our methods. Flagship projects, such as Mapping the Republic of Letters, the Çatalhöyük Living Archive, Kindred Britain, the ORBIS Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World have all begun to reshape not just the methods that we as Humanists bring to bear on our questions, but the very questions we ask.

At home within this rich DH ecology at Stanford, Digital Humanities Asia (DHAsia) seeks to advance a new era in Non-Western Digital Humanities, with a focus on East, South, Southeast, and Inner-Central Asia. We seek energetic and creative applicants who demonstrate innovative thinking and a proactive approach to the questions that digital humanities methods, approaches, tools, and theories raise in their academic disciplines.


  • Stipend & Benefits: The 12-month stipend for this position is $51,600, including full benefits
    • Office Space/Workstations: The DHAsia Postdoctoral Associate will enjoy two (2) dedicated workstations, one in the History department and one in the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)
    • Undergraduate RA Support: the Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in the hiring of a Stanford undergraduate Research Assistant, who will work under their research direction for up to 5 hours per week during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms; and then on a full-time basis during the Summer term
    • Career Development Assistance: The Postdoctoral fellow will have access to Stanford’s extensive repertoire of career development workshops, to help assist in the candidate’s broader job search process, as relevantRESPONSIBILITIES

    The Postdoctoral Fellow will be affiliated with the Department of History, mentored by Professor Thomas S. Mullaney. Applicants need not hold a PhD in History, however. The Fellow should expect to focus on her/his own research, but also to be well-integrated into the Stanford community and engaging with interested faculty, students, archivists, librarians, and digital technologists. Responsibilities include:
    • Pursuit of independent research project within Asian Digital Humanities
    • Participation in the intellectual life ofDHAsia@Stanford, the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and the 2017-18 Mellon-funded Seminar Series on Asian Digital Humanities [Note: This seminar will bring to Stanford campus many of the world’s leading scholars of DH working on East, South, Southeast, and Inner/Central Asia.]
    • Co-development of DHAsia White Paper, assessing needs, current capacity, and future uses of Asian Digital Humanities
    • Interaction with visiting technologists from Silicon Valley and beyond, to help provide input on the development of next-generation DH tools tailored for the particular requirements of Asian Studies research ELIGIBILITY
    • Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of their PhD degree byJune 30, 2017, and may not be more than three years beyond the receipt of their PhD at the start of the fellowship. Stanford University doctoral degree recipients are not eligible for this fellowship
    • Applicants must have experience in conducting original academic research in Digital Humanities
    • Applicants must have relevant/advanced language experience in a Non-Western/Asian language
    • Fellow is expected to be in residence at Stanford University during the term of their appointment


    Applicants will be asked to submit the following material electronically (faxed or emailed application materials cannot be considered):
    • Cover Letter (2 pages max) describing your research interests to an interdisciplinary search committee • Dissertation Abstract (3 pages max)
    • Research Plan for Fellowship Period (5 pages max)
    • CV (5 pages max)
    • Sample of Written Work (article length/40 pages max)
    • Two Confidential Letters of Recommendation (from faculty members or other appropriate sources)

    Applications should be submitted via by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 17, 2017.

    Only complete applications submitted through the online system will be considered. All applications will be acknowledged. Finalists may be interviewed. Questions about the application process should be directed to DHAsia Director, Thomas S. Mullaney ( with the email subject line ‘DHAsia PostDoc Inquiry’.

Contact:           Thomas S. Mullaney (

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