Research Scientist


Georgia Institute of Technology


School of Literature, Media, and Communication


Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Job Description: 

Georgia Tech’s Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC), with major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks a research scientist for design, development, and project management in the context of our diverse scholarly, pedagogical, expressive, and public-facing digital projects. We are particularly looking for expertise with digital archives encompassing text, audio, and video with attention to the cultural, ethical, and political dimensions of the creation and use of archives. Related areas of interest are information visualization, interactive narrative, and civic media. This is a full-time, fixed term position for the life of the grant which ends in June 2022.

This role requires the ability to think critically about both humanistic and design questions in order to conceptualize and create artifacts that serve specific purposes for research and/or teaching while also advancing the field of humanistic digital design. The candidate should be able to work effectively in multiple interdisciplinary project teams of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students, as leader or group member, and to collaborate with community and institutional partners. Because existing tools often lack affordances that best serve the goals of scholarship and teaching in the Liberal Arts, the candidate should be capable of designing and leading the development of digital tools that build on off-the-shelf open software to better support humanistic inquiry and knowledge creation. 
The position carries the expectation of teaching one course in a related area in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Applicant Requirements
Applicants should hold a graduate degree in a relevant field such as Digital Media, Digital Humanities, or Information and Library Sciences and have experience with digital projects in a university setting. Hands-on experience with archival software such as Omeka Classic and Omeka Classic plug-ins, web technologies (JavaScript, CSS, HTML, php, SQL), and data visualization software such as R, python, or d3.js is highly valued. Strong communication skills are also important. A criminal background check must be completed prior to employment.

Application Procedure
Interested applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, links to or copies of at least 2 representative work samples, and contact information for three references. Application materials should be submitted as .PDF files to  Requests for information may be directed to Dr. Nassim Parvin; Associate Professor, Assistant Director of the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center; Review of applications will begin December 1 and will continue until the position is filled. 

About the DILAC
The Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) is a research center within Georgia Tech’s multi-disciplinary School of Literature, Media, and Communication. DILAC promotes new forms of humanistic inquiry through practices of design. Through interdisciplinary projects in research, teaching, and community engagement, the Center explores how emerging forms of digital media and applied digital scholarship can be used to construct arguments, create artefacts, and prototype systems that address the reconfiguration of knowledge and social structures in the digital age. For more information on DILAC: We believe diversity is foundational to creating the most intellectually vibrant and successful academic communities; therefore, the School of Literature, Media, and Communication is committed to building and sustaining a socially just, equitable, and inclusive academic unit.

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Contract Period: 

12 months

CIP Discipline Code: 

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Design and Visual Communications, General

Interactive Design

Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

Educational/Instructional Design Technology

Humanities/Humanistic Studies

Library Science, other

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Position Type: 


Application Deadline: 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Position Starting Date: 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Search Chair: 

Dr. Nassim Parvin; Associate Professor, Assistant Director of the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center

Vacancy Status: 


Annual Salary: 

Commensurate with experience