Database Coordinator FLAME, Princeton (USA)

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FLAME (Framing the Late Antique and early Medieval Economy) is a digital numismatics projects that reconstructs the early medieval economy CE 325-725 in Western Eurasia. It supplies hard data about the early medieval economy in the form of data on hundreds of thousands of coins, to contribute to the scholarly understanding of key historical questions in this period such as the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam, and the origins of the European economy. FLAME has concluded its first phase (Minting) and is currently working on gathering and organizing Circulation data across Eurasia (comprising millions of data points).

Princeton’s Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity and Firestone Library have been co-sponsoring the FLAME Project over the past four years. As part of this collaboration, and through the generous sponsorship of the Humanities Council’s Comparative Antiquity Initiative, we are inviting applications for the position of a FLAME Project Database Coordinator at the grade of Associate Professional Specialist for the academic year 2020/1.

Major Responsibilities

The Database Coordinator will advance FLAME’s research and outreach goals through a variety of activities, including:

  • Develop theoretical and practical criteria for dealing with the biases in our data created by differential reporting and publication, and establish a set of research norms for FLAME and similar projects.
  • Coordinate with FLAME’s international participants to ensure regularized treatment of data across participants.
  • Enter a significant amount of find reports and standardize them to improve FLAME’s coverage, broadening the base for mapping and analyzing late antique coin circulation.
  • Co-teach a seminar on a topic in late antique numismatics with Stahl during the Spring semester of 2021.
  • Engage relevant courses in the departments of History, Classics, Religion, and Near Eastern Studies with guest lectures and presentations of late antique numismatic material.
  • Organize a conference on FLAME and its historical significance to be held in the late spring of 2021, accompanied by a small temporary exhibit.

Drs. Alan Stahl (FLAME chair) and Lee Mordechai (FLAME director) will mentor the Database Coordinator in their daily work, and will hold a joint bi-weekly meeting in which he or she will report on their advancement.

Essential Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in a related field (if still ABD, please supply a letter from the department confirming that the Ph.D. will be bestowed before 1 June 2020)
  • Academic background in the humanities
  • Experience in coding

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with relevant tools (e.g. SQL, ArcGIS)
  • Data science experience (e.g. analysis, machine learning, visualization)
  • Digital humanities experience (working with humanities data)
  • Expertise in late antique or early medieval history
  • Past work with numismatics

Princeton is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their service to the Library, to the diversity and excellence of our academic community. Applications received after October 31, 2019 will not be guaranteed full review.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHire website and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.