Digital Humanities Technical Assistant (GBP)

  • Job Reference: GBP 5241
  • Date Posted: 21 October 2020
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Salary: £18,812
  • Sector: Administration, Education
  • Job Type: Temporary, Internship or Placement
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

A graduate is sought for the University of Exeter’s new Digital Humanities Lab, in Exeter to support the preparation of lab spaces and equipment, the receipt and cataloguing of material, and record keeping for a range of digitisation projects. This GBP role is available immediately until 25/6/2021.

This role will work closely with the Digital Humanities team which includes technical specialists and academic staff, as well as colleagues from the library and special collections. The Technical Assistant will be responsible for taking receipt of historic and current material for digitisation by the Digital Humanities team, and conduct digitisation and archiving using predefined workflows provided by the Lab Manager. The post-holder will act in a first-line advisory capacity to the Intern team regarding setting up equipment in lab spaces and preparing for regular lab bookings.

The Technical Assistant will provide the Lab Manager with support for the delivery digital research and teaching activity. Regular lab events such as Open Days, ‘hackathons’, ‘Raspberry Pi Jams’, ‘Wikipedia editathons’ and symposia may require occasional evening and weekend working. The post-holder will work closely with their undergraduate Intern team colleagues, under the guidance of the Lab manager. The role also includes the provision of basic support to current postgraduate students undertaking digital projects specifically around the set-up of equipment. Testing of digitisation workflows under guidance from our Lab Manager and Data Support Officer will be a task undertaken by the post-holder.

The Technical Assistant will receive a programme of basic training in 2D and 3D digitisation and audio/video production. Training will also be provided for support of our specialist equipment, including our Phase One cameras, 4m video wall and 3D printers.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the Digital Humanities Lab in the context of a series of interesting projects, working closely with other members of the DH Team. Current examples include: digitising medieval manuscripts from Syon Abbey held in the University of Exeter’s Special Collections, the 2D capture of the Nicholas Toyne collection of photographic negatives from Northcott Theatre productions starring popular well-known actors, the capture of professional quality audio recordings of Lancashire Cotton Famine poetry, and the 3D capture of interesting local archaeological finds.

You will also gain significant experience in assisting with the organisation of a range of bookings, whilst assisting the Lab Manager in the preparation of a series of lab events such as research seminars, conferences, training and workshops. The Digital Humanities Lab hosts a wide range of customers, and you will have the opportunity to support innovative use of the facilities, for example setting up games consoles and laptops for use with our video wall during lab events.

The Lab has been fully risk-assessed as a COVID-secure working environment and has approval at the highest level to operate with defined social-distancing measures and quarantine arrangements for incoming archival material. The appointee will receive full induction training and will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment, to ensure appropriate adjustments are made to the workplace.

The Lab is based in the College of Humanities, University of Exeter, which is rated amongst the top 100 global universities for arts and humanities.


Purpose of Role

The post-holder will provide a welcoming, responsive and efficient customer experience within the Digital Humanities Lab, for customers requiring digitisation work (according to set workflows). Key parts of the role include organising the receipt of a wide range of material for digitisation projects, including 2D archival documents and 3D artefacts, and setting up for audio and video recording in lab spaces.

The GBP Technical Assistant will provide basic technical support for Digital Humanities teaching and research projects, spanning the following areas: archival photography, photogrammetry and Audio-Visual.

You will monitor the operation of equipment and record inventory within the Lab, following set procedures with opportunities to gain valuable experience and skills with these technologies. There will be an opportunity to learn how a range of historical texts and images are digitised to a high standard, and how to provide audio visual support to professional film makers.

A range of other administrative and space preparation duties may also be undertaken, commensurate with the role of Technical Assistant.


Duties and Responsibilities

This role will support the set-up of lab spaces and the receipt of material for digitisation at the Digital Humanities Lab our staff, students and partners. This involves:

  1. Day-to-day maintenance and preparation of Digital Humanities Lab spaces and equipment according to the DH Lab care guides
    • Identifying and recording display issues for our video wall in the Seminar room
    • Undertaking archival photography in lab 1
    • Setting up and operating a range of portable photographic equipment in lab 2
    • Basic support for the operation of photographic, technical and audio-visual equipment, and administration of a log of equipment to be repaired or replaced
    • Entry level support and troubleshooting of 3D print facilities in our Makerspace
  2. Responsibility for the receipt, logging, handling and monitoring of archival material on site for digitisation by our Intern team, including adherence to set lab workflows
  3. Supporting the Lab Manager to undertake Digital Humanities project work, both within the lab and on location
  4. Assisting the Lab Manager in the organisation and delivery of Digital Humanities training and events to Interns and undergraduates
  5. Working with users of the Lab and providing advice for the use of loan equipment and media as skills allow

Appropriate training to monitor and deliver day-to-day technical support across the Digital Humanities Lab and any other relevant Digital Humanities technologies or methods will be given to the successful candidate.

You may also be required to carry out any other duties and projects as required by your Line Manager, commensurate with the level of the post.


This role will be based on the Streatham campus mainly in the Digital Humanities Lab.

Training and Development opportunities

The post holder will be offered on the job training and development in a wide range of activities in line with the work being undertaken.

Training in Digital Humanities research methods and their practical application

  • Experience of working in a collaborative research team
  • Experience of working in the wider Digital Humanities environment
  • Development of customer service ethos in a working environment

The university also offers online and in-person learning and development opportunities, including mandatory online training in Prevent Duty - Inclusive, Cohesive and Safe Universities; Equality and Diversity Introduction; Health and Safety Introduction and Information Governance. Plus GBPs are offered a ‘how to make the most of your internship’ introductory session, bespoke mentoring, work shadow and career consultancy opportunities, where appropriate.


Level of Support

The post holder will meet regularly with their line manager.

The university also offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus GBPs are offered 1:1 support from the Internships Team.


Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition

The university offers a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition, including generous pension and holiday allowance of 39 days a year.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact the team at

Essential Candidate Criteria:


  • Good first degree qualification from a UK university, preferably in a humanities-related subject..

Personal Qualities and Attributes

  • Able to communicate confidently and effectively with a dynamic and energetic team
  • Able to independently follow a set of instructions when provided and monitor progress
  • Able to work independently under own initiative where appropriate
  • Experience of teamwork, mentoring and collaboration
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • Able to deal professionally with student Interns, staff and partners
  • Interest in the development and use of technology for Humanities or Arts subjects
  • Interest or experience in developing skills around digital methods or programming
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy in following processes


  • Confident user of a range of devices
  • Confident user of IT applications, such as Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Excellent organisation and record keeping skills


Desirable Candidate Criteria:

  • Experience of working in a library or archival environment
  • Experience of digital photography and/or audio-visual techniques
  • Experience of working with a range of equipment and media
  • Able to problem solve creatively
  • Confident with a range of social media platforms to disseminate news and updates


Other requirements:

  • An GBP Intern must be willing to:
    • Work in different offices and locations as and when required
    • Work as part of a larger team
  • A recent graduate, within last 3 years, of a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a UK university (or if you have attended a British university on ERASMUS programme).
  • Available for full-time employment for the duration of the internship.
  • The Right to Work in the UK for the full duration of the internship. We welcome all applicants and the diversity they bring, however immigration legislation will not currently allow the University to apply for a sponsorship certificate for GBPs.
  • Should reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • This GBP cannot be used towards a full-time Year in Industry student placement.
  • You cannot apply for another GBP at the University of Exeter if the duration of the GBP goes beyond 23 months in total.

Interviews for this role are expected to take place on 09/11/2020.

To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here. Please submit your applications by clicking APPLY NOW.