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Digital China Project Manager

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 1, 2022

Job Details

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Job Code

I1259P IT RC Software/Data Prof V

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Business Title

Digital China Project Manager


Social Sciences

Appointment End Date


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
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

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


 Harvard FAS

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is the home of Harvard’s undergraduate program (Harvard College, founded in 1636) as well as all of Harvard’s PhD. programs (the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1872). The 40 academic departments and more than 30 centers of the FAS support a community unparalleled in its academic excellence across the broadest range of liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Together, the FAS seeks to foster an environment of ambition, curiosity and shared commitment to knowledge and truth that elicits excellence from all members of our community and prepares the next generation of leaders through a transformative educational experience.

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