We’re Hiring: Postdoctoral Fellow

We’re Hiring: Postdoctoral Fellow

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 in Critical and Intersectional Approaches to Data Security, Privacy, and Surveillance. Please find more information below and share with your networks. The posting closes on March 21, 2023.

Apply online: https://u.mcmaster.ca/scds-postdoc-2023

Job Summary

Founded in 2012, the Sherman Centre is an incubator and catalyst of digital scholarship (DS) and digital humanities (DH) activity at McMaster University.

A critical need that has become apparent in the Centre’s work is the inclusion of critical data and data justice competencies training. From the vantage point of the Sherman Centre, we see a clear opportunity to increasingly introduce undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and members of broader communities to critical considerations of data-driven approaches and outcomes while improving their general data fluency.

Working under the direction of the Academic and Administrative Directors of the Sherman Centre, the postdoctoral fellow will support the general outreach and curricular activities of the Sherman Centre, with a specific focus on critical and intersectional approaches to data security, privacy and surveillance. The research program undertaken by the postdoctoral fellow will result in knowledge development and dissemination as well as resource creation and training in these areas for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and members of broader communities.

In alignment with their own DS/DH research agenda, the postdoctoral fellow will, in close collaboration with other Sherman Centre staff:

  • offer training and support for general and selected specific tools and techniques that support data security and digital privacy broadly
  • assess faculty and graduate student needs, and goals with relation to research data security, privacy and management
  • offer consultation to faculty and graduate students to enable them to begin including critical data and data justice competencies in their teaching and research
  • support the further development of workshops, talks, and events at the Sherman Centre
  • prepare and deliver an undergraduate digital scholarship introductory course annually, and
  • connect and engage with other data justice, digital scholarship, and 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 DS/DH events, such as the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) and the annual Digital Humanities conference at the institution’s expense.


Term: August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2025

Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Zeffiro

Renumeration: $55,000 CAD per year

For the complete posting, including requirements, application package details, and submission instructions, please consult: https://u.mcmaster.ca/scds-postdoc-2023

Please contact Dr. Andrea Zeffiro (zeffiroa@mcmaster.ca) for any general questions about the position.

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