Digital China Project Manager

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I1259P IT RC Software/Data Prof V

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Digital China Project Manager


Social Sciences

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Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Fluency in speaking and reading Chinese.
  • Conversant with digital tools and methodologies for China studies.
Additional Information

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

This is a five year term position with possibility of renewal based on available funds.


Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Pre-Employment Screening



M-F 9-5

Job Function

Information Technology


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of nine years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience
Certificates and Licenses
  • Completion of Harvard IT Academy specified foundational courses (or external equivalent) preferred
Working Conditions
  • Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours, and may be contacted during off hours

COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID-, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Information. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

Position Description

Oversee the strategy, coordination, and implementation of projects related to the digital transformation of China studies at the Fairbank Center. Oversee strategy, in consultation with the two Principal Investigators, to ensure the Fairbank Center’s leadership position in the field of digital China studies. Manage international collaboration between researchers to create a broad set of state-of-the-art Research Computing systems, tools, and software to enhance productivity in the pursuit of historical and contemporary China research. Coordinate and direct researchers to co-create and co-learn research activities and relevant advanced computing and data capabilities both locally and internationally. This job is a full-time position with full benefits for a five-year term. The position does not offer visa sponsorship. The position will report to the Principal Investigators with a dotted line to the Executive Director of the Fairbank Center.
  • Responsible for overseeing diverse research digital humanities research and technology projects, working with international collaborators. Manage a range of international coders and researchers through email, chats, Zoom meetings, and in-person consultations when possible
  • Manage the building of research computing systems through regular engagements with the team. Direct the team in design, debugging and automating/scripting of complex research workflows alongside researchers. Manage interactions between researchers and technology providers, to ensure that the technology platform and system meets the requirements of researchers.
  • Provide regular communications to systems and software/data professionals. Track and share developments in digital tools and approaches in the field of China studies. Enhance the learning with full awareness of the local and larger research computing and data landscape—in other words, tracking other worldwide China digital humanities platforms to ensure that we are developing the most cutting-edge systems.
  • Build advanced curriculum and teach workshops for researchers to maximize their use of research computing.
Project Scope and Impact:

The China Digital Humanities initiative is a pioneering project. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Fairbank Center are already the leaders in this new field. This new project will be breaking new ground, allowing China scholars to map and analyze information in ways never before possible.

This position will be directing and coordinating the international team of coders and technology experts who will be creating new digital tools. There is no one currently at the Fairbank Center with the complex set of management and technical skills required to perform this job.

This position will work closely with a team of students of Chinese humanities and coders at both Harvard and in Europe and Asia. Specifically, the position will manage two to three post-doc researchers.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

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