Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature

Job Reference : 000704
Closing Date : 04/04/2017
Salary : £37,910 p/a
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Department : School of Advanced Study
Division : Institute of English Studies (IES) - academic
Hours Per week : 35 hours per week

The School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study, University of London, is a unique institution in UK higher education. Comprising a set of postgraduate institutes and a variety of central academic initiatives, it is located within the Bloomsbury precinct of the University in the intellectual heart of London. It is the UK’s national and international centre for the support, promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities, broadly defined. It does this in collaboration with other organisations, notably the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy (BA), learned societies and government agencies.

Institute of English Studies
The Institute of English Studies (IES), founded in 1999, exists to facilitate advanced study and research in English studies within the University of London and in the wider academic community, national and international. It runs a comprehensive programme of seminars, conferences, and lectures. Its research interests cover such fields as palaeography, the history of printing, the history of reading, manuscript studies, the history of publishing and the book trade, textual criticism and theory, and electronic texts.


The Role and Person
The Institute of English Studies (IES), in the School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London, wishes to appoint a Lecturer in the field of Digital Approaches to Literature. The successful person will have expertise in the technical skills essential to digital research, digital scholarly editing, expertise in any area of literary studies and a broad outlook across the whole field.  The IES wishes to expand its provision in digitally-based scholarship which currently focuses on textual editing. We are looking for someone with new ideas to enlarge our provision and facilitate the work of others.  Areas of interest to us include the following, and candidates will be expected to have demonstrable expertise in one or more of these (which are listed in no order of preference) as well as being informed about digitally-based textual editing. 

  • stylometry
  • authorship attribution
  • ‘distant reading’ techniques
  • ‘big data’ approaches to literary/cultural history
  • digital publishing
  • digital preservation
  • machine learning
  • network analysis
  • topic modelling
  • visualisation


S/he should have publications (or equivalent, for example software development) appropriate to career stage and an active research project in the digital field in English.

Two further considerations are important. First, SAS has a national mission to facilitate research in the UK. The person appointed will enable the IES to offer research facilitation and support in digital approaches to literature both inside and outside the Institute by, for example, developing partnerships, collaborative projects, workshops, training events or similar. Candidates should have enthusiasm for this ambassadorial and outreach role. A budget will be available to develop these activities, but developing grant applications from external funders for individual or collaborative research will also be a priority.  Second, the School has an overall commitment to digitally-based research, and IES is one of nine SAS Institutes. The School’s digital strategy is guided by Jane Winters, SAS Professor of Digital Humanities. The person appointed will work with Professor Winters, and with digital researchers in other SAS Institutes, to enhance the School’s overall digital provision. S/he should therefore be interested in cross-disciplinary approaches and be quick to see the potential of techniques developed elsewhere for research in English.

We will appoint an outward-looking individual able to develop new initiatives in digital research in English.

Further Information
For a full role and person specification, please download the Recruitment Pack below.  To apply for this opportunity, please submit your covering letter and CV by clicking on the button below.  
The close date for this role is midnight, Tuesday 4 April 2017.

This post is a University-investment post for three years in the first instance.  The Institute hopes to extend it beyond that period.  Questions concerning the post should be sent to the Institute Director, Professor Rick Rylance (rick.rylance@sas.ac.uk).

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