Salary:£34,257 - £38,000
Contract type:Contract Permanent
Digital Scholarship Researcher
The Digital Scholarship Researcher will work with the Head of Emerging Technologies Research, who co-leads the digital research team within the Research and Academic Engagement Department, and colleagues across The National Archives (TNA) to develop and deliver excellent research that enables new insights into our expertise and collections. The Research and Academic Engagement Department engages in a range of exciting interdisciplinary research, embedding collaboration and digital methods and outputs at its heart, and the Digital Scholarship Researcher role plays a key part in enabling and conducting this activity. The Digital Scholarship Researcher will work collaboratively to identify new research areas of interest to TNA and will enable and conduct excellent research that brings new insights into our expertise and collections, and how we disseminate this work. They will work with colleagues across TNA and with external collaborators to advise on the development of strong research funding applications. They will promote research at TNA and develop strategic relationships with the internal and external research community.
You have a passion for innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration. With a good understanding of digital scholarship and digital humanities research with cultural heritage collections, you have an enthusiasm for collaboration and actively seek new opportunities for engagement and research that address technology, collections and the communities that together produce and curate them. You have a record of enabling interdisciplinary research, or contributing to funding bids for interdisciplinary work. A key member of our Research and Academic Engagement department, you will proactively seek to create opportunities for enabling and conducting cutting-edge research.
This role would suit a researcher early in their postdoctoral career or who has recently completed their doctorate and is looking to develop a career in cultural heritage research. It is important to us that our organisation is more diverse, so we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. We’re especially keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are currently underrepresented.
The National Archives (TNA) is the official archive of the UK government and for England and Wales, making available to the public a vast collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years. TNA is also an Independent Research Organisation (IRO), meaning we are eligible to lead UKRI-funded research. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research into all aspects of our collections and activities is at the heart of what we do, as we become a digital archive by instinct and design, and seek to generate new knowledge with our collections. We work with vast data collections and a range of national and international university, heritage and industry partners on areas including digital research in humanities and social sciences, computer science, archival and information science, and heritage science and conservation.
We are currently making significant investment in our Research and Academic Engagement Department which conducts, enables and disseminates world-class cross-disciplinary research. This stimulating environment provides the opportunity to develop applied collaborative research into archival practice and our collections that draws on expertise across TNA. In addition to our research activities, the team runs research training and academic programmes for colleagues across TNA, for the academic community, and for students, including through our doctoral training and collaborative doctoral partnerships.
Digital research is a growing focus for our department, with a team dedicated to experimenting with current and emerging technologies to develop and apply tools and methods to TNA’s data. Recent collaborative projects with colleagues across TNA and external partners have included investigating the use of blockchain technologies to assure the authenticity of the born-digital record, trialling probabilistic linking methods, and work on computational archival science as a framework for archives practitioners and researchers. Current work includes exploration of the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to a range of archival work, for example visual search, and the complementary use of automation and citizen research as approaches to engaging audiences with data at the scale of TNA’s collections. We embrace opportunities to innovate with computational approaches to all aspects of our work in line with our Research Priorities, Digital Strategy and corporate strategy, Archives for Everyone.
Within the beautiful surroundings of Kew, a 10-minute walk from Underground and Overground stations. A combination of onsite and home working is available and applicants should be able to regularly travel to our Kew site. TNA boasts a collegial working environment and the excellent Civil Service benefits package. This includes flexible working, an on-site gym, wellbeing resources and an opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension Scheme. Putting people at the forefront of our organisation, we are committed to enabling professional development and training for all our colleagues. You would be joining a friendly and passionate team who welcome new and creative approaches and are dedicated to influencing the future of archives and research.
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