2018-2020 DH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, located in Mills Memorial Library at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, invites qualified candidates to apply for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Position Start Date: August 1, 2018
Position End Date: July 31, 2020
Supervisor: Academic Director, Sherman Centre
Remuneration: $49,000/year
This position is included within the Canadian Union of Public Employees (“CUPE”) Local 3906 Unit 3, representing Post-Doctoral Fellows.


Founded in 2012, the Sherman Centre engages in a wide range of activities to support and build the McMaster digital humanities (DH) community. A critical need that has become apparent in the course of this work is the inclusion of DH skill instruction, methodology, and theory in the curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. From the vantage point of the Sherman Centre, we see this as the beginning of a clear trend toward increased interest in introducing students to text analysis, data visualization, and GIS and, in general, increasing their technical fluency and competency.

Job Description

Working under the direction of the Academic and Administrative Directors of the Sherman Centre, the postdoctoral fellow will in general support the outreach and curricular activities of the Sherman Centre. In alignment with their own DH research agenda, the fellow will, in close collaboration with other Sherman Centre staff:

• offer training for DH tools and techniques
• offer consulting to faculty and graduate students to enable them to begin to include DH elements in their courses
• engage library staff in other functional areas to draw their expertise into the DH space and connect them to faculty who need support
• support the further development of DH workshops, talks, and events at the Sherman Centre
• prepare and deliver an undergraduate digital humanities introductory course, and
• connect with other digital humanities initiatives in the region and beyond.

Beyond these responsibilities, the fellow will participate actively in the life and activities of the Sherman Centre and represent it at key DH events such as the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) and the annual Digital Humanities conference at the institution’s expense.


The Postdoctoral Fellowship is open to scholars who have completed their doctoral degree no earlier than June 1, 2014. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and received their PhD by July 1, 2018. The optimal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a DH-relevant discipline and a digital humanities research agenda. International scholars are invited to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

How to Apply

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