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History Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Living with Machines Project

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: Competitive (negotiable dependent on skills & experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th August 2018
Closes: 5th September 2018

3 Year Fixed Term Contract

The Alan Turing Institute

Launched in November 2015, the Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Our mission is to make great leaps in research to change the world for the better.

The Role

As a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (RA) on the Living with Machines Project you will work closely with the project PI (Dr Ruth Ahnert), Co-Is (Prof. Emma Griffin and Prof. Jon Lawrence) and the wider inter-disciplinary team based at the Institute and the British Library in the construction and historical interrogation of the project’s ambitious digitized source base.

You will have the opportunity to develop your digital skills and play an active part in all aspects of research from data collection, through analysis to writing up and publication. This is a collaborative research role and there is an expectation that you will play an active part in the team based at the Alan Turing Institute.

Duties and Responsibilities

In the initial stages of the project you will help oversee the digitization of additional sources and work closely with the project’s data scientists on quality control issues and the cleaning of the project’s digital datasets. You will therefore play an active role in building and modelling the datasets, enhancing your own data skills in the process and helping to ensure that the data sets are constructed in ways best suited to answering the substantive historical questions at the heart of the project. After this initial phase, you will take lead responsibility for a substantive strand of historical enquiry that makes use of the technical capabilities of the new data sets.


A PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in History or a related area (e.g historical geography, historical demography)

Skills and experience


  • Relevant subject-level expertise – e.g. in nineteenth-century social and/or economic history, or historical demography, or the history of technology
  • Experience using digital sources for research purposes, including at least basic database experience
  • Ability to lead one’s own work, including planning and execution, and to prioritise work to meet conference and other deadlines
  • Excellent written, verbal and graphical communication skills including the ability to present complex or technical information in an understandable form


  • Relevant Digital Humanities experience e.g. in use of corpus linguistics software, or network analysis.
  • A PhD in nineteenth-century social and/or economic history
  • Evidence of high quality publication(s) in a relevant field (published or in-press) commensurate with your career stage
  • Experience of research collaboration including co-writing papers and articles

How to Apply

If you consider that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification and would like to apply for the role, please email your CV and cover letter to  

Closing date for applications 5th September 2018.

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