Job posting: Graduate Academic Assistant – Digital Scholarship (closes 8/21/22)

Job Description

The UBC Public Humanities Hub is accepting applications for three part-time Digital Scholarship Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAAs) from students enrolled in a UBC Graduate Program. Prospective applicants should have Digital Humanities and technology skills to join the Hub team.

The Public Humanities Hub is funded by the offices of the President, the Provost and VP- Academic, the VP-Research and Innovation, and the Faculty of Arts. Its main goals are a) to foster research excellence and collaboration among humanists at UBC-Vancouver in the Faculties of Arts, Law and Education and b) to develop and highlight public-facing research in the Humanities.

The Digital Scholarship GAAs will be responsible for fostering, supporting, and amplifying digital humanities/digital scholarship in Arts at UBC. They will offer programming and project support to faculty and graduate students and provide one-on-one and small-group tool training on digital scholarship skills and computational thinking. The GAAs will also contribute to data collection about digital scholarship projects in Arts.

Organizational Status

Reports to the Public Humanities Hub’s Academic Director. Works in cooperation with other GAAs, the Digital Scholarship Librarian and other members of the Library’s Research Commons team, Arts ISIT, the Social Sciences and Humanities Analyst in the Advanced Research Computing Office, and units in the Faculty of Arts.

Work Performed – Basic Duties and Responsibilities

The Digital Scholarship support student will have duties as follows:

  • Help identify appropriate tools to enable Arts faculty and graduate students to achieve research goals
  • Document and provide suggestions on technology improvements, guidelines and procedures
  • Provide Arts faculty and graduate students with project-based training on specific tools that will allow researchers to produce new projects and scholarship faster
  • Provide guidance regarding applying for funding to support digital scholarship projects
  • Prototype research and conference websites
  • Participate in the development, design, and delivery of showcases of Digital Scholarship projects in Arts
  • Direct Arts researchers to relevant resources in ARC, the Library, Arts-ISIT, and CTLT
  • Develop and maintain DH resources on the Hub website
  • Work on special projects in support of the Digital Scholarship portfolio
  • Check-in regularly with supervisors regarding Hub service priorities, scheduling, promotion, and assessment
  • Foster a welcoming, research-driven, interdisciplinary learning environment for graduate students and faculty in the Faculty of Arts

GAAs will be paid $30/hour and work up to 12 hours a week, ideally beginning in April 2022, and continuing until at least January 2023.

Equity and Diversity Statement

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a UBC Graduate Program
  • Familiarity with humanities methodologies and disciplines
  • Familiarity with the UBC systems and online resources
  • Experience with Digital Scholarship methods which could include work in the Digital Humanities, Computational Social Sciences, on open-source software, on multi-disciplinary Data Science projects, experience with scholarly web development, among other types of projects.
  • Experience teaching or providing one-on-one tutoring, preferably in an academic setting

Ideal Skills and Qualifications

  • Aptitude in multiple operating systems and platforms (i.e., Mac OS, Windows, Linux)
  • Knowledge of software tools used in Digital Humanities and other Digital Scholarship forms used in Arts (e.g. digital mapping and visualization tools, markup technologies, text analysis tools, digital exhibition tools, digital storytelling tools, network analysis tools, machine learning tools). No GAA will be expected to know all of these tools but together, the three students hired will hopefully have familiarity with many of them.
  • Some experience using Git and GitHub
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills: professional email/phone correspondence, public speaking and presentation proficiency

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with using and provisioning virtual environments (could include experience with tools such as VirtualBox, Ansible, Vagrant, Docker)
  • Basic understanding of web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL)
  • Experience with scripting in Python, R, or other relevant programming languages
  • Experience with encoding languages like TEI, XML, etc.
  • Experience working with metadata schemas
  • Experience with web content management tools

Personal and Professional Development, Classroom and Workplace Competencies

A positive, encouraging working environment will help students develop personal and professional skills, abilities and competencies. Through their work, students will:

  • Gain experience working with researchers in a variety of disciplines
  • Learn about cutting-edge Arts research methods that utilize computational tools
  • Refine and improve teaching skills to complement course learning (e.g. delivering workshops and presentations and communicating complex concepts to an audience of researchers across diverse disciplines)
  • Develop transferable skills in designing, developing and delivering workshops that will enhance career outcomes in both traditional academic and alt-academic careers
  • Develop skills in providing individual consultations
  • Improve their data analysis software skills, which could transfer to the analysis of their own research data
  • Enhance intercultural and interdisciplinary communication skills and awareness
  • Gain experience working both independently and in a diverse, team-based environment
  • Develop transferable technology skills through the use of a variety of web-based tools and resources, software and hardware, and innovative content management systems used to publish library online instructional and access resources

How to Apply

Please apply for the Graduate Academic Assistant – Digital Scholarship (Job ID 954523) position via CareersOnline by August 21, 2022 to be considered.

If you have questions about the positions, please email Academic Director Dr. Mary Chapman