Vacancy: Casebooks Project Editor (Research Assistant/Associate)

Another vacancy has come to my attention for manuscript studies in a digital context. This project concerns a very different time-period and script from that of the DigiPal group, but a familiarity with early-modern handwriting and history is 'desirable', not 'essential', and you could also brush up your early modern script using Cambridge's excellent English Handwriting: An Online Course which focuses exclusively on sixteenth and seventeenth-century hands. The Casebooks group state that their post 'would be an ideal position for a recent graduate planning to pursue a career in history or digital humanities, or a postdoctoral scholar seeking experience working on a major collaborative project'. I have also seen the project demonstrated and it looks very interesting indeed. The full announcement is as follows:

Casebooks Project Editor (Research Assistant/Associate)

Department/Location: Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

The Department seeks to appoint an Editor to work on The Casebooks Project: A Digital Edition of Simon Forman's and Richard Napier's Medical Records, 1596–1634 (

The Casebooks Project is making one of the most extensive surviving sets of medical records in history publicly available. It combines the highest level of scholarship with cutting-edge digital humanities. Casebooks is directed by Dr Lauren Kassell and has been funded by a series of major awards from the Wellcome Trust.

The successful candidate will join the project team to work full-time transcribing and coding Richard Napier's casebooks. He or she will also contribute to academic, educational and public engagement activities from time to time.

It is essential for candidates to have:

  • an aptitude for detailed, systematic work,
  • the ability to read difficult handwriting, and
  • be capable of working both independently and as part of a team

The following would be desirable:

  • expertise in early modern history, especially the histories of medicine, religion, astrology and the family
  • proficiency in seventeenth-century palaeography
  • at least rudimentary Latin
  • experience of XML and TEI

We will train the successful applicant in the necessary skills to do this work.

This would be an ideal position for a recent graduate planning to pursue a career in history or digital humanities, or a postdoctoral scholar seeking experience working on a major collaborative project.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2017

Please ensure that you upload the following:

  1. A covering letter, stating why you want to work on Casebooks and what makes you a good candidate for this job
  2. An up-to-date cv, including any publications


Closing Date: 11 July 2014
Shortlisting: 16 July 2014
Interviews: 7 August 2014 (videoconferencing will be available where required)
Salary: £24,289-£36,661

For more information about the Casebooks Project: and the HPS Department:

Any queries should be emailed to or you can contact us on 01223 334540.

To apply online for this vacancy, please follow this link <> and click on the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the advert. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference JN03549 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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