City of London, London




£28000 - £34200 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time


01904 685795

Research Fellow (Digital History of Technology: Textiles)

Research Fellow (Digital History of Technology: Textiles)

Do you have Doctoral (or equivalent) level understanding of digital humanities or the history of science and technology or modern social history? Would you like to take on a key role in delivering the final stages of a key research project?

About us

The Science Museum Group is nearly two years into its major research project, "The Congruence Engine: Digital Tools for New Collections-Based Industrial Histories". Its aim is to show how digital humanities, AI and other computational tools can be used to link collections for the purpose of doing new historical work and to enhance access to collections. You can find out more here and here. This role is primarily linked to the textiles strand of the project.

We are currently recruiting for a Research Fellow (Digital History of Technology: Textiles) based at the Science Museum in London, with hybrid working also available. This is a full-time role, working 35 hours per week on a maternity cover contract until the end of August 2024.

About the role

As Research Fellow (Digital History of Technology: Textiles) you will bring skills from digital humanities and history to work at the heart of the project with groups of amateur and professional historians and curators. Working collaboratively, you will work with data, collections and people to develop understanding of how collections - mainly those associated with Bradford - may be linked to do new and satisfying kinds of historical work.

You will take responsibility for the delivery of the final stages of the textiles Work Package in the Congruence Engine project, under the supervision of the project's investigators, also contributing across the project themes. You will apply digital humanities and computational, skills to historical research, especially with relation to the history of textiles, notably the Yorkshire woollen industry.

About you

Joining us you will have Doctoral (or equivalent) level understanding of digital humanities or the history of science and technology or modern social history. You will also have experience of designing, organising and participating in events including as a facilitator: workshops, seminars and conferences, etc.

Crucially, you will be able to work individually to initiate and complete specific projects within set deadlines. You will possess a willingness and ability to collaborate with others on research and to work with academic and technical colleagues, using your high level of interpersonal and communication skills to enthuse and motivate others.

This role could be ideal for those looking for a secondment, additional experience or a break from studying.


View the Vacancy Information Pack listed under 'Attachments' on the vacancy listing on our website for more details about the role and the application process, or click 'Apply Online' to submit an application.

What we offer

Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We understand that work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we offer the perks listed below, as well as support for things that happen in life such as parental and adoption leave, sickness, and career breaks.

* Support with personal and professional development
* 27 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays
* Employee assistance programme
* Enhanced contributory pension
* Unmind App and other wellbeing support
* Interest-free loans
* Days Out discounts
* Health & Dental Insurance

Open for All is one of the Science Museum Group's five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge, and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation, capable to continue to Inspire Futures.

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