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Applications invited for Digital Enlightenment Research Assistant

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

This post has been created as part of the Digital Enlightenment research project, directed by Professor Nicholas Cronk and funded by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation. This is a full-time post for 12 months, starting 1 September 2019, and the postholder will be based at the Voltaire Foundation, 99 Banbury Road, Oxford. The project team will consist of the PI, the project coordinator, a postdoctoral researcher, and a digital consultant in addition to the Research Assistant.

The postholder will provide research support particularly in the creation and elaboration of the digital edition of Voltaire. This includes assistance in text editing at a level required for critical scholarly editions, evaluation of research methods in Digital Humanities, and working with the PI and postdoctoral researcher in all areas required.

Applicants must hold a first degree or equivalent in a relevant Humanities subject, together with demonstrable relevant experience in 18th-Century Studies and digital research. This position is suitable for a candidate working toward a doctorate in a field related to the Enlightenment. Fluency in French and some proven experience in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data are the most important aspects of this position. Familiarity with IT, especially database work and complex spreadsheets, and the digital humanities will be an advantage. Effective organisational and written and verbal communication skills are also essential.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Birgit Mikus, Departmental Administrator (

Applications must be made online via Oxford University's application portal. To apply, please follow this link or search for Vacancy ID 141115 on 

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your application.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 8 July 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 22 July 2019.

Download the full job description here (pdf).