The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is currently hiring multiple positions to support their digital humanities and data science initiatives. Some listed deadlines have passed but application forms will continue to accept rolling applications until the application forms are closed.

Data Science Fellow, 2022-2023

Harvard Law School’s Program in Islamic Law is seeking a Data Science Fellow to work on various apps in the SHARIAsource Lab, a Harvard initiative designed to deploy data science tools on historical Islamic sources. The Fellow will be based at Harvard Law School, with opportunities to collaborate with various departments and partners—including the Harvard Libraries and the Library of Congress, SEAS and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Department of History and a community of scholars and students working on similar problems in DH.

Successful forays into this data science-driven approach to the study of legal history will require building a corpus of texts from open-source online repositories; creating tools to extract, code, and map data and metadata with GIS and other means; and building algorithms that help relate key people, places, and books to one another through researcher-created data sets and linked open data. The Fellow will work on multiple components of this project. The ideal candidate will have completed a program in computer science or a related field (with a BA, MA, or PhD), have at least 3 years of experience in DH or development, have a background in RTL languages and/or interest in Islamic studies, and would benefit from spending time working in a university setting on problems at the intersection of technology and academic research.

Full description and application: Data Science Fellowship Application

Program in Islamic Law Digital Humanities Assistant

SHARIAsource is a portal for Islamic law and data science tools that offers a window onto the digital world of Islamic legal studies. Its growing set of digitized texts and digital tools enable researchers to better explore an access a growing set of sources in this area, in ways meaningful to particular research inquiries and to the general landscape of Islamic and comparative law at Harvard and around the globe.

For our research activities and projects within Harvard’s SHARIAsource, we are looking for a Digital Humanities assistant. As part of SHARIAsource Digital Humanities team led by Dr. Yusuf Celik, you will be mainly working on a variety of data-oriented tasks. These tasks include but are not limited to recording and updating information on historical sources, figures, and locations.

Full description and application: PIL DH Assistant Application

SHARIAsource Ruby on Rails/React Developer

For our research activities and projects within Harvard’s SHARIAsource, we are looking for a (freelance) Ruby on Rails developer with React experience. As part of the SHARIAsource team led by Professor Intisar Rabb, you will be working on the further development of SEARCHStrata, our in-house catalogue and virtual library tool.

The initial project duration will be three months for 20 hours per week. Payment will be commensurate with experience. Each two weeks will commence with a sprint planning and conclude with a demo. Furthermore, you will directly collaborate and report to Dr. Yusuf Celik, the lead data scientist.

Full description and application: SHARIAsource RoR/React Developer Application

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