Job: Post Doc in Digital Humanities and Platform Development

25 Sep 2021 - 00:00

Post Doc in Digital Humanities and Platform Development

University College Cork, Ireland 

Application Deadline:  25 September 2021


1 Year (start immediately), Fixed-term, Whole-time Post (job location flexible)

Position summary

The IRC-funded EURONEWS initiative is about exploring the information connectedness of premodern European society by examining the regular circulation of news in a vast range of pre-newspaper networks.  The manuscript newsletters in question are located largely in some 200 file folders in Florence.  Researchers responsible for a selection of these will be working closely with the EURONEWS team, the State Archives in Florence, as well as the Medici Archive Project, to implement a systematic extraction method for making sense of the whole mass of documentation and connecting the dots in an expanding pattern of exchanges stretching from Florence to Warsaw, from Paris to Madrid, from the Netherlands to Britain, Ireland and the American colonies. Our ultimate goal, made feasible for the first time by this funding, is to reconstruct the fascinating news environment of an entire lost world, early modern Europe, at the birth of news.

The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to put the final touches on the EURONEWS platform, designed for collecting the data from archival study and transcriptions now being completed by the other members of the team.  The most urgent task at the moment is to maintain and syncronize two databases, as well as help build a research platform for the EURONEWS project, to manage and analyze content drawn from archival documents in the Florence State Archive and elsewhere. The Florence-based Medici Archive Project MIA interface (MAP) operates a CMS containing thousands of text files, including many created by EURONEWS, marked up with links to some 40 tables (images and text); a portion of this data will be synchronized with the EURONEWS project platform (ENP).  For the ENP an XML compiler is also envisioned.  On site presence in Florence not a requirement.

Requirements:  Java, Python, SQL, etc. The tasks could be adjusted according to the abilities of the candidate. 

Post Duration: 1 year

Salary: €38,630- €45,942 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale)

Project Title: EURONEWS

For an information package including further details of the post see Job ID: 048571.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Brendan Dooley, Professor of Renaissance Studies, CACSSS, using