MIT Postdoctoral Fellowships/Associates in the Digital Humanities

The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) announce two Postdoctoral Fellowships/Associates in the Digital Humanities One postdoc (position a) will be for one year, with possible renewal pending available funding; one postdoc (position b) will be a two-year position.

Postdocs will work within the newly created, Mellon-funded SHASS Digital Humanities Lab to pursue their own research and enable the creation of digital tools to assist in other faculty research and pedagogy. Depending on departmental needs, each scholar will teach up to one class per year in their area of research or discipline.

Applicants are welcomed in all areas of humanistic research represented in SHASS, including History, Literature, Anthropology, Global Studies and Languages, Theater Research, and Comparative Media Studies/Writing, with the exception of music/musicology. (Art History is represented in the School of Architecture at MIT and not included in the call; however, interdisciplinary art historians with substantial expertise in one of the above-named departments may apply)

The salary will be $67,000 per year, plus benefits. Fund for limited research/presentation travel will be included.

Applications should be submitted via Academic Jobs Online. The appointment will be effective, July 1, 2018.


  • Doctoral Degree (position b) or ABD (a) in a discipline present in MIT SHASS. For position (b) the degree must have been earned between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2018.
  • Experience in humanistic research and evidence of teaching ability
  • Technical skills including demonstrable knowledge of at least one programming language. Prior experience in uniting technical and humanistic research is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work in a team

Online Application

Please submit online applications including the following listed materials via Academic Jobs Online:

  • Cover letter that includes description of relevant experience(s), skills, and project for the position;
  • CV with links to any technical/online projects;
  • and two letters of recommendation.

Applicants will be asked to specify if they are applying for one or both positions.

Address cover letters to Michael Scott Cuthbert, Faculty Director of Digital Humanities, Associate Professor of Music.

Applications, including supporting letters, must be received by 30 April to receive full consideration. Selections will be announced by the end of the following month.

If you have questions or problems with the application process, please email

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Application Materials Required

Submit the following items via Academic Jobs Online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site )
  • Anything else requested in the description.
Application date
1 or 2 years
Humanities : Digital humanities and big data