Sherman Centre 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
Posting Date: February 26, 2016
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016 extended to April 15, 2016
Position Start Date: July 4, 2016
Position End Date: July 3, 2018
Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Zeffiro
Remuneration: $47,000/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 that 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.


Working under the leadership of Andrea Zeffiro (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia, and Academic Director for the Sherman Centre) and Dale Askey (Associate University Librarian, and Administrative Director for the Sherman Centre), the postdoctoral fellow will in general support the outreach and curricular activities of the Sherman Centre while working specifically to assist researchers with visualizing their data and learning to understand the analytical possibilities of data visualization within their disciplinary traditions. In alignment with their own DH research agenda, the fellow will, in close collaboration with other Sherman Centre staff:

  • assess faculty and graduate student interests, needs, and goals with data visualization as a technique and analytical tool
  • offer training for data visualization 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 programming at the Sherman Centre
  • assist with preparing and delivering an undergraduate digital humanities introductory course, and
  • connect with other digital humanities initiatives in the region and beyond.

Beyond these activities, 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, 2013. Candidates must have defended their dissertation and received their PhD by June 1, 2016. The optimal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a DH-relevant discipline and an established digital humanities research agenda with expertise in data visualization. International scholars are invited to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

To apply

To apply for this job, please submit your application online (position number 7123). Note: Please contact Andrea or Dale directly (see below) if you encounter any difficulties using the online application system. We can offer alternatives.

The completed online application package must include the following components:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • names and contact information for three references
  • a writing sample (maximum 20 pages)
  • sample/portfolio of DH work

Please contact Andrea Zeffiro or Dale Askey if you have general questions about the position.

McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).

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