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Humanist Archives: June 9, 2021, 7:11 a.m. Humanist 35.72 - research position: Tools of Knowledge project

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 72.
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        Date: 2021-06-08 14:13:39+00:00
        From: Rebekah Higgitt <R.Higgitt@NMS.AC.UK>
        Subject: Job Opportunity: Researcher AHRC Tools of Knowledge (FT, 18 months)

We are seeking a Researcher (FT, 18 months) to join the AHRC-funded
Tools of Knowledge project:

‘Tools of Knowledge: Modelling the Creative Communities of the
Scientific Instrument Trade, 1550-1914’ commenced in January 2021 and
is led by Professor Liba Taub of the University of Cambridge. The
project will assemble a large volume of diverse data and apply
cutting-edge methods of digital analysis to explore almost four
centuries of the scientific instrument trade in Britain and Ireland. It
aims to provide highly accessible information on the history of science,
as it relates to commerce, industry, teaching, and questions of local,
national and international geography.

As the ‘Tools of Knowledge’ Researcher you will be based at National
Museums Scotland, which holds a significant collection of historic
scientific instruments, and work with the project team, particularly Dr
Rebekah Higgitt, Acting Keeper of Science & Technology (NMS) and Dr Alex
Butterworth (Sussex Humanities Lab), as well as Dr Boris Jardine and Dr
Josh Nall (Cambridge), to help develop and contribute to a number of
defined case studies on the locations, movements and contexts of
instruments and makers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These
case studies are designed to help the project team expand and remodel
the existing dataset, Scientific Instrument Makers, Observations and
Notes (SIMON), which comprises more than 10,000 records on individual
instrument makers and firms, and to create new historical knowledge and
develop new ways of interrogating and visualising the data.

Qualified to postgraduate level, you will have specialised knowledge of
either – and a demonstrable interest in both – the history of scientific
instruments and/or techniques of data modelling and digital analysis of
historical and collections data. You must have proven research ability,
be able to work effectively to meet deadlines, both independently and as
part of a team, and possess excellent communication and ICT skills. You
will be expected to travel to undertake research at other institutions,
including project partners Royal Museums Greenwich and the Science
Museum, London, as well as to attend project meetings, workshops and

Dr Rebekah Higgitt
Acting Keeper of Science & Technology
Principal Curator of Science
National Museums Scotland
Edinburgh EH1 1JF

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