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Research Fellow vacancies for ‘The Sloane Lab’

We are seeking to appoint four Research Fellows  to contribute to “The Sloane Lab: Looking back to build future shared collections”, led by UCL in partnership with the British Museum and Natural History Museum. The Sloane Lab project has been funded under the ‘Towards a National Collection’ call, which has seen the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award £14.5m to 5 research projects to connect the UK’s cultural artefacts and historical archives in new and transformative ways. The aim of the programme is to use new technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) to reveal the first insights into how thousands of disparate collections could be explored by public audiences and academic researchers in the future.

The advertised roles are the following:

Research Fellow in Advanced Data Architectures for Digital Humanities

Research Fellow in Systems Development and Research

Senior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing

Research Fellow in Participatory Research and Collections as Data

Closing date 25th November 2021

Please see the Job Descriptions for the roles linked above. If you wish to apply, please email Dimitrios Kraniotis at d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

The Sloane Lab will focus on the vast collections of Sir Hans Sloane in public institutions, and work with expert and interested communities including museum audiences to link the present with the past to allow the links between Sloane’s collections and catalogues to be re-established across the Natural History Museum, the British Library, and the British Museum (plus others that have relevant material). The main outcome of the project will be a freely available, online digital lab – the Sloane lab – that will offer researchers, curators and the public new opportunities to search, explore, and engage critically with key questions about our digital cultural heritage.

The Sloane Lab aims to enrich debate on issues such as: the contested nature of museum collections, the role of digital tools in foregrounding overlooked or ignored processes, like imperialism, colonialism, slavery, loss and destruction, that have shaped the UK’s national collections.  This advertised role offers an exciting opportunity for researchers to work with experts and communities to link up Sloane’s collections, to put them in context for the 21st century, and open new opportunities to search, explore and engage critically with the UK’s cultural heritage online.

We encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the sector and at UCL including but, not exclusive, to disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, especially women.