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Humanist Archives: July 25, 2022, 8:46 a.m. Humanist 36.106 - researcher/developer position (KNAW, Amsterdam)

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 106.
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        Date: 2022-07-18 10:47:19+00:00
        From: Peter Boot <>
        Subject: Researcher or developer with TEI XML background in Amsterdam

Dear all,

We're going to work on a tool for publishing TEI editions. If you interested in
joining us in this effort:

The vacancy text is in Dutch, but those who don't speak Dutch are welcome to
apply as well. Below is a DeepL translation. Feel free to mail me off-line if
you want more information.

Best wishes,

Researcher or Software developer with TEI XML knowledge - KNAW HuC - Amsterdam
Posted 12 Jul Deadline 10 Aug Location Amsterdam

The research group Digital Editions is looking for a Researcher or Software
developer with TEI XML knowledge.

What does the job entail?

The research group Innovating Digital Editions at the Huygens Institute in
Amsterdam creates digital scholarly editions of literary and (cultural)
historical sources, with a focus on Dutch history and culture. The group
consists of experts in textual scholarship, (digital) scientific editions and
cultural heritage. As a member of the eDITem project you will work on the
realization of a tool for publishing digital text editions. You design templates
in TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) XML to model and publish different types of
literary and (cultural) historical sources. You work closely with researchers
involved in the edition project The Mondrian Papers
(, for which a proof-of-concept digital edition is
being delivered. You also work closely with the Digital Infrastructure
department of the KNAW Humanities Cluster, which is responsible for developing
and managing, often innovative, software for scientific research.

You will liaise with researchers from different departments of the Huygens
Institute, to prepare modeling templates for other source editions in TEI XML.
Ideally, you have experience with scholarly (digital) editions and/or a
(cultural) historical interest. The work is both independent and team-based, and
will be directed by a researcher from the Innovating Digital Editions research
group at the Huygens Institute. The project will ideally start on September 1,
2022, and will run for 2 years. The project offers good prospects for a
permanent position.

What do we require?

Knowledge, skills and experience:

* A completed degree and/or relevant work experience in Software Development in
Digital Humanities, preferably in an XML environment; * Experience with modeling
humanities data; * Knowledge of and affinity with Open Access and FAIR
principles for open science; * Ability to think analytically * Problem-solving
skills * Good communication skills; * Good ability to collaborate and work as
part of a team.

It is highly recommended if you:

* Have experience with the TEI standard; * Have good organizational skills; *
Have a careful, secure and independent working method; * Have experience in
front-end development; * Have a good ability to deal with project deadlines; *
Have affinity and/or research experience with historical and cultural-historical
topics (such as historical letter editions, manuscripts; digital scholarly
editing; etc).

Terms of employment

Fixed term contract: 2 years.

Depending on education and experience, the minimum salary is EUR 2,960 and the
maximum salary EUR 4,670 on the basis of scale 10 and the minimum salary is EUR
3,974 and the maximum EUR 5,439 gross per month on the basis of scale 11 for a
full-time appointment (CAO-NU/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance,
8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working
allowance and pension accrual with ABP. The KNAW offers its staff an excellent
package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of
employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For
example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the
number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment). For a
complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the webpage:
working at the KNAW.

Huygens Institute

The KNAW Humanities Cluster stands for innovative and interdisciplinary research
in the humanities and heritage world. The KNAW Humanities Cluster is a
collaboration of three KNAW institutes: the Huygens Institute for the History of
the Netherlands, the International Institute of Social History and the Meertens
Institute. At these institutes, we conduct pioneering and excellent humanities
research (history, ethnology, literature, linguistics) using innovative methods
in which informatics plays an important role. The operational management of the
KNAW Humanities Cluster is carried out by a central business office that
supports these three institutes as well as the Netherlands Institute for
Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD)
in their operational management. The HuC has a joint department for Digital
Infrastructure, a Digital Humanities Lab and NLLab.

Diversity & Inclusion

The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and
valued of great importance. A working environment where attention is paid to
individual quality and where development opportunities come first. Together, we
strive for an inclusive culture that embraces differences. We therefore invite
candidates who through their background and experience want to contribute to
this. In case of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate
who can strengthen the diversity within the KNAW in this way.

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