Open Position: Boston Research Center Research Associate, Summer 2021-Spring 2022

The Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library is happy to announce a job opening for a Northeastern University graduate student for the summer and upcoming academic year: Boston Research Center Research Associate. This is an hourly position, for 8-10 hours per week.

The Boston Research Center (BRC), based in the Northeastern University Library, is a digital community history and archives lab. The mission of the BRC is to help bring Boston’s deep neighborhood and community histories to light through the creation and use of new technologies. Through these technologies, Boston residents can share their community’s past, as well as a deeper understanding of how this past shapes our present.

The BRC Research Associate will work on history projects related to Boston neighborhoods. These might include: assistance in oral history and story collecting projects, creation and cleanup of historical data, cataloging items for Boston-related digital archives, outreach for BRC and partner projects, or the creation of project documentation and reports.

No specific background is required, and we welcome applications from incoming graduate students. We typically allow remote work during the academic year.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Amanda Rust, a.rust [at], by Wednesday May 12, 2021.

About the BRC

The Boston Research Center (BRC), based in the Northeastern University Library, is a digital community history and archives lab where Boston’s deep neighborhood and community histories are brought to light. We create and use new technology so that residents can share a more nuanced and complex understanding of Boston’s present.

The BRC helps provide a fuller picture of the history of Boston by bringing together historical materials—photos, maps, letters, newspaper articles, recordings, charts and tables, and more—and digitizing them so they can be remixed and re-combined with current data to tell the story of essential but underrepresented groups in Boston’s neighborhoods. The BRC also builds computer and technical systems that will make it easier to safely and permanently house digital history projects, repeat similar projects in the future, and make connections between them as they grow.

Through 2022, the BRC will work with a cohort of interrelated Boston non-profits to develop sustainable and inclusive systems to serve their needs in historically informed neighborhood research. This will be a time of focused technical development to create: useful and actionable outcomes that further our community partners’ agendas, and technical systems and infrastructure that will make this kind of work easier in the future.