Digital Humanities Project Specialist

Pennsylvania. United States
05 May 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Profile Title

Information Technology Project Leader

Job Description Summary

The Digital Humanities Project Specialist will work closely with the Digital Scholarship Librarian and the Price Lab, which oversees many of the humanities projects at Penn that take advantage of advanced computational methods. The DH Project Specialist will be an important member of the scholarly network in the School of Arts and Sciences, with responsibilities that include: working on collaborative DH projects, developing and teaching workshops, and staying current on relevant technologies, methods, and debates within digital humanities and data science.

Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences Computing and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities seek a Digital Humanities Project Specialist with strong data science skills who can bring those skills to bear on humanities research projects.

While project work will be important, the DH Project Specialist will also help humanists at Penn think critically about emerging technologies. Technologies such as AI have tremendous power to advance humanities research as they have done in the natural and social sciences, but the technologies bring with them potentially damaging cultural biases and social effects that are notoriously difficult to gauge. A priority for the Price Lab is to look closely at the ethical implications of any advanced algorithmic technologies that might be used in humanities research and to help humanists become more informed and critical users of these technologies.  

While the DH Project Specialist will work exclusively on projects managed by the Price Lab, they will be part of a team of technologists within the School of Arts and Sciences Computing.

This position is funded for four years by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Under the terms of the grant, our expectation is that we will identify a means of transitioning the Specialist into a permanent position pending the successful completion of the initial four-year period.


  • Advanced humanities degree is required, PhD preferred
  • 1-2 years experience working in a Digital Humanities or Digital Scholarship lab or library position
  • Programming experience; familiarity with Python preferred
  • Familiarity with Digital Humanities tools and their uses, limitations and affordances, as well as facility teaching these tools
  • Experience planning and managing collaborative projects
  • Experience working in a humanities discipline, and facility bringing technical and  theoretical skills together
  • Teaching experience

Cover Letter and Resume are required for all applicants.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job