Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities tenable for a period of up to four years in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. The successful candidate will participate in the project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation, 1710-1920”, funded by an ERC Starting Grant and directed by Prof. dr. Marianne Van Remoortel. This project aims to map the transnational networks of intellectual and textual exchange through which women editors of periodicals impacted social and cultural life in early-eighteenth- to early-twentieth-century Europe.

Job description

You participate in the project as a team member and will be responsible for the digital component of the project, including an electronic database of women editors and their periodicals.


You hold a doctoral degree in literature, history or another field of the humanities or social sciences, and have a clear interest in literary, cultural and/or social history. Experience in women’s history would be considered a plus.

You have demonstrable knowledge and skills in relevant DH methodologies such as database creation and management, metadata creation and standards, data visualization, network analysis, digital mapping and textual encoding.

You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

You have an aptitude for original and creative work, independently as well as in a team.

 Conditions of employment

This full-time postdoctoral fellowship is offered for a period of two years, extendable for another two years after positive evaluation. The starting date is 1 June 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

 How to apply?

Submit your application via email to by 10 April 2015. Further information about the project and/or position can also be obtained at this address.

Applications should include

  • a cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in the project and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate
  • a current CV
  • transcripts of your qualifications to date
  • a writing sample
  • a link to a website showcasing your work with digital technologies
  • names and full contact details of two referees