Digital Content Curator- East Asian Science and Technology

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

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Application Deadline: September 10, 2013

The digital-content-curator will organize the content collection of historical sources on East Asian science and technology in close collaboration with the director of Dep. III, the head of library and IT. The curator will liaise independently with depositors and suppliers. S/he will be central to the development of a content-management-system for the storage, analysis and representation of data of diverse formats (paper documents, objects, 2 and 3D imaging, audio, video etc and digital databases). Duties include communicating with agents and depositors, uploading, processing and evaluating data, corpus management, diagnosis of problems, preparing web-presentation, researching and compiling information and reports about deposits.



-Background in East Asian Studies, Library and/or Information Sciences.

-Familiarity with historical sources on East Asia (digital and material), library categories and database/ data management projects.

-Fluency in English and Chinese. Additional language skills are welcome.

-Profound experience in independent and pro-active project management combined with a sense for team-work.

-Ability to manage the complete project life-cycle of digital documentation materials, their use and analysis.

-Proficiency in digital humanities working methods (Metadata standards, the application of semantic web technologies for the organization, ontologies).

-Practical skills in the management of various data formats (texts, imagery, 3D), document encoding and processing, data management techniques (GIS etc), and media file formats. Experience with the hard sciences welcome.

-Experience in software development and content-management systems.

-Aptitude to create technical and training guidelines and documents.


The MPIWG is an international, interdisciplinary institute. International experience is highly desirable. There are no formal teaching obligations. Administrative responsibilities are decided in consultation with the Director and shared with other members of the scholarly staff. The MPIWG provides excellent support for research, including travel funds.

Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max-Planck-Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

If after reading through this document and visiting our website, you have further questions, please contact Prof. Dagmar Schäfer. For administrative questions concerning the position and the Institute, please contact Ms. Claudia Paaß, Head of Administration, or Mr. Jochen Schneider, Research Coordinator.

Your application should consist of a one page covering letter that addresses key selection criteria, a brief CV, and the names and contact details of three professional referees – ideally, as a single Word or PDF document with your name and the position title as the document’s name. Please also provide a work sample (link or reference welcome).

Only electronic applications are accepted.

Applications should be submitted no later than September 10, 2013, by 4 pm (MEZ) to Ms. Nuria Monn.

While all applications will be acknowledged by email, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted personally, and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Candidates will be invited to a workshop and interview in the week 14-19 Oct. 2013. If you already know that you are unavailable at this time, you must make mention of this in your covering letter.

Posted: September 12, 2013