CEAS Digital Tokugawa Lab: Postdoctoral Associate Positions & Postgraduate Associate Positions

April 15, 2019


The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University invites applications for postdoctoral associate and postgraduate associate positions in the CEAS Digital Tokugawa Lab. The appointment period for both positions is from July 1st, 2019 – June 30th, 2020. 

The Digital Tokugawa Lab is a working group of one faculty member (Fabian Drixler) and up to three postdoctoral or postgraduate associates who will collaborate on one or more shared projects for one year. The highest priority in 2019/20 will be the creation of a series of digital maps for Tokugawa Japan’s territorial structure, based in part on the results of text mining. The maps are likely to be widely used by historians and other scholars, as they address a longstanding need: at present, the territories of Tokugawa Japan have been fully mapped for 1664 and ca. 1868 only, and even for those two years, there is considerable scope for improvement.

Postdoctoral associates are expected to devote at least 28 hours per week to the collaboration, and are free to spend the remainder of their time on their own research.  Salary for the postdoctoral associate position is $55,000.

Postgraduate associates are expected to devote their entire work week to the collaboration.  Salary for the postgraduate associate position is $35,000.

Time permitting, the lab may undertake other projects in which text mining, data analysis, GIS, and Tokugawa history come together.

The lab is looking for several skillsets: fluent Japanese, Japanese history, GIS, programming / computer science, statistics, data analysis, and text mining (esp. information extraction) as well as other Digital Humanities methods. There is no expectation that individual applicants have expertise in all these areas, or even in both digital methods and Japanese history; but an interest in both the methods and the content is highly desirable. One goal for the program is to give postgraduate associates opportunities for developing new skills.

For questions, please contact fabian.drixler@yale.edu.

Qualifications for the Postdoctoral Associate Position: Ph.D. awarded by June 15, 2019; work on shared project for 28 hours per week; remain in residence in New Haven for the duration of the appointment.

Qualifications for the Postgraduate Associate Position: B.A. awarded by June 15, 2019 and no earlier than 2017; work on shared project full-time; remain in residence in New Haven for the duration of the appointment.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.