Employment: Research Associate, King’s College London

Closing date 28th April 2013

Research Associate (Social Network Analyst for Historical Data),
Department of Digital Humanities,
King’s College London.

Job ref R6/AAV/306/13-JM

The Department of Digital Humanities is an international leader in the application of technology in research in the arts and humanities, and in the social sciences. It is in the School of Arts and Humanities, and undertakes research on a collaborative basis across discipline, institutional and national boundaries: it has collaborative relationships across King’s College and with a large number of institutions and bodies in the UK and internationally.

The Department is looking for a highly motivated and sophisticated individual to work on the Leverhulme funding project entitled “The transformation of Gaelic Scotland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries”. This project aims to explore the application of Social Network Analysis (SNA) against a database of medieval Scottish people created by the People of Medieval Scotland project (http://www.poms.ac.uk). This contains thousands of individual interactions in different contexts and geographic locations to reveal changing patterns and intensities in social relationships.

The Transformation of Gaelic Scotland project is looking for an excellent candidate to join its team of Scottish historians and digital humanities specialists. The project explores the application of Social Network Analysis techniques to reveal connections between people, documents and geographic locations from the People of Medieval Scotland database. The work will include:

Exploring different SNA methodologies to discover techniques that will facilitate an historical analysis of the people represented by the PoMS database.

Exploring how SNA approaches can be merged with geographical analysis techniques.

Investigating SNA approaches to the PoMS data and making this available to the public by extending PoMS’s existing web application.

Writing an academic paper that describes the insights that were gained out of the above work.

The successful candidate will work with the project team and bring expertise on a range of SNA techniques to facilitate the exploration of this dataset. They will have a solid knowledge and experience in SNA approaches to structured data about persons and will be highly engaged in exploring its potential.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 April 2013

Equality of opportunity is College policy.


The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £31,331 to £37,382, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

Post duration

Fixed term contract for 15 months.


For an informal discussion of the post please contact John Bradley on 020 7848 2680, or via email at john.bradley@kcl.ac.uk .

Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/jobs. All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number R6/AAV/306/13-JM. If you have any queries please contact your Recruitment Co-ordinator at recruitmentteam3@kcl.ac.uk


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