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The term of appointment will be up to 9 months with possible renewal, approximately starting on January 2019, for work on an externally sponsored research grant.

A full-time highly motivated Research Associate (RA) is being sought for a research project, led by Dr. Eid Mohamed and funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) titled, “Computational Study of Culture: Cultural Analytics for Modern Arab and Islamic Studies.” The project will operate within the Research & Grants Department led by the Director.

The overall vision of this project is to harness state-of-the-art Cultural Analytics (CA) approaches and technologies to make pioneering forays into the vast corpus of machine-readable Arabic texts that has become available in the last two decades. It also aims to digitize and annotate a set of early Arabic media material from the late 19th century until present. This will be done along the lines of two case studies: Modern Arab socio-political and cultural history and Contemporary Diaspora Arab-Islamic cultural archive and digital repository.

We invite applications for an RA position in Digital Humanities with a specialization in literary, rhetorical, cultural, media or historical studies. We welcome applications from those engaged in research areas and technologies across the digital humanities domain and are particularly interested in research that explores the critical and cultural significance of tools and methods in the context of questions of East-West encounters, representation, culture and politics. We strongly encourage applicants with expertise in digital technology and an interest in global Arab studies, especially as it relates to bringing the field of Arab Literature/Humanities into the digital age and who will bring theoretical, methodological, and technical expertise to the project.

Key Responsibilities
Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To contribute to a comprehensive literature review on digitized Arab newspapers, magazines, etc.
  • To contribute to developing models of historical newspaper research, past and future.
  • To work with team members to develop use cases of the project’s ontology in describing and mapping Arabic text and concept migration across regional and linguistic borders.
  • To co-author research papers suitable for publication in high quality academic journals on Arabic literature and culture historically and materially produced and reproduced.
  • To organize, attend and contribute to events at Doha Institute (DI)
  • To contribute to project promotion and public engagement events
  • Engage in training programmes at DI that are consistent with the needs and aspirations of the project.
  • Undertake other duties as may necessary

MA in Comparative Literature, Culture and Media Studies, with background in Arabic Digital Humanities studies. PhD or PhD candidates are preferred.

At least 2-3 years’ work experience related to the field of research.
  • Expertise in data visualization and/or network analysis is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience working on digital humanities (DH) projects, as well as familiarity with the main Arabic DH trends, research tools and technologies, is required
  • Research track record appropriate for the academic stage
  • Good communication skills in English and (preferably) Arabic
For full consideration please provide 1) a brief cover letter stating the applicant’s academic field, area of specialization, and a short summary (1 page) of the proposed work during the appointment period, 2) CV 3) A Research statement: summary of the research questions, goals, and methodological approaches of current and future projects, and a sample of scholarly writing, and a sample syllabus for an undergraduate-level introduction to digital humanities course. The cover letter should not exceed 2 single-spaced pages. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by November 31st, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary and benefits are competitive at an international level.

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