Digital History Research Assistant

Applications Due by 5pm on May 3, 2019

The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs: A Digital History project team is seeking a current Gettysburg College student to serve as a Digital History Research Assistant for academic year 2019-20 starting in August 2019. The position is based in the Civil War Era Studies Department, but the Research Assistant will work closely with team members in Musselman Library and Special Collections and College Archives.

The Research Assistant will support the work of the Peirs project team by mastering skills in archival research, data management, digital mapping, and digital storytelling, and applying them to the Peirs digital history project ( They will work with the team of Dr. Ian Isherwood, Assistant Professor of War and Memory Studies, Amy Lucadamo, College Archivist, and R.C. Miessler, Systems Librarian, as well as the other student Digital History Research Assistants working on the project.

Required qualifications:

  • Independent worker
  • Experience with historical research methodology
  • Possession of/or the ability to obtain travel documents (such as a passport) that will allow departure and re-entry into the United States
  • Interest or experience in Digital Humanities methods and tools such as website design, digital storytelling, and data visualization
  • Interest in digital mapping and/or GIS
  • Interest in digital photography and video editing

Preferred qualifications:

  • Comfortable with conversational French speaking and reading
  • Interest in, and enthusiasm for, war and memory studies
  • Experience with digital mapping and/or GIS
  • Experience with digital photography and video editing

The rate of pay is $8.50 per hour. Research Assistants are expected to work 6-8 hours per week while classes are in session and will show initiative in their work. Research Assistants must be able to work independently and contribute original content in support of the project’s goals. They are also expected to attend weekly/bi-weekly meetings of the team. The position may be renewed for academic year 2020-21.

In late May/early June 2020, the Jack Peirs project team will visit France and Belgium for 2 weeks to conduct field research. The Research Assistant is expected to participate in this expenses-paid trip, contingent upon their satisfactory work during the academic year. Additional details will be provided during the interview process.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest explaining their interest and qualifications for the position, a resume, and the contact information of one academic or professional reference who is familiar with their work and research capabilities directly to Dr. Ian Isherwood ( Finalists will be interviewed either in person or via video chat.