Part Time Research Fellow (25% of Full Time)

University of Aberdeen - School of Divinity History and Philosophy

Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers 1398–1511: Concepts, Practices, Geographies is funded by a research project grant from the Leverhulme Trust. Aberdeen’s earliest eight council register volumes are Scotland’s oldest run of civic records, and are UNESCO-designated. In order to examine legal change in a European context, this study is creating and will disseminate a versatile Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) compliant transcription of these registers. The project, involving investigators in History, Law, and Computing, is housed in the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies (RIISS).

The project seeks to appoint a fixed term part time Text Enrichment Research Fellow.

The job holder will be responsible for leading on the TEI encoding of the transcribed text. You will steer the project researchers in this effort, working closely with the Editorial Research Fellow and ensuring that the corpus adheres to TEI guidelines as it is created. Following this process, the job holder will work with the Editorial Research Fellow on refinement of the completed transcription and its electronic structure. You will undertake further research tasks as required, and any other duties in connection with the project as directed by the principal investigator.

You’ll need a track-record of collaboration in, and completion of, digital humanities projects, and possess a good first degree in the humanities, social sciences, or computing.

You should have demonstrable experience in text encoding, working with XML (with various software packages like Oxygen, etc.) and according to TEI. You should also have demonstrable programming abilities (e.g. Python, Perl, Java) and skills to work with an XML query languages (e.g. XQuery).

You should have an interest in late medieval and early modern European history and languages, and some experience in working with historical text.

This post is offered for a period ending 28 February 2019, at 25% of full time.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale set at £38,833 per annum pro rata (actual salary: £9,708 per annum).

As this is a 25% position, the successful candidate will have the ability to work flexibly and remotely should this be required.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

Informal enquiries may be made to the principal investigator Dr Jackson Armstrong (01224 272456, e-mail

This post does not meet the minimum requirements as issued by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to qualify for an employer-sponsored visa. We are therefore unable to consider applications from candidates for this post who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

Online application forms and further particulars of the post are available at

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 23 October 2017

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