Chinese University of Hong Kong

CLIR Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library invites applications for a two-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Scholarship from 2017 to 2019.

CUHK Library is committed to supporting digital scholarship as one of our key strategies for transforming our research support services.  A new team, Research Support & Digital Initiatives (RSDI), was established in July 2015 to focus resources in this area.  A Digital Scholarship Lab was opened in March 2016 to provide a cutting-edge space and tools including a data visualization wall for researchers and students to immerse themselves in digital scholarship research.  The Library also provides rich materials for digital scholarship research. Our Special Collections range from Shang dynasty oracle bones to modern Chinese literary archives. Digitization of these precious materials started in the 1990s and is ongoing.  The digitized images are accessible at CUHK Digital Repository.  With all these resources and investment, the CLIR Fellow will report to the Head of RSDI to promote digital scholarship research by leveraging our expertise, collections and services. A key success factor is outreach to faculty to foster working partnerships. The fellow will be encouraged to explore enhancing the Library’ s digitized materials to support different research and learning pedagogies, in particular, digital scholarship research.


  • Lead CUHK Faculty and researchers in discussions about digital scholarship research in order to promote and raise awareness of this new kind of scholarship on campus.
  • Explore areas requiring library research support and propose strategies meeting the needs identified.
  • Identify current and emerging digital scholarship projects at the University and foster collaboration with faculties on these projects.
  • Work collaboratively with Faculty and relevant library staff to deliver agreed research projects including advice on project management, and the use of digital scholarship tools and software on GIS, text-mining, data visualization, text analysis, etc.
  • Organize training activities and events including workshops and research seminars on digital scholarship methodologies, tools and emerging trends, or other topics related to digital scholarship.
  • Conduct research in digital scholarship independently.


  • PhD in any discipline relevant to digital scholarship/digital humanities obtained within the last five years of the beginning of the fellowship in July 2017.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with Faculty and researchers; and to foster collaboration in digital scholarship research.
  • Understand the application of digital technologies and tools in research projects and able to provide consultation and guidance to Faculty and researchers to promote digital scholarship research in the campus.
  • Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese), including reading traditional script.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with relevant units of the Library and the University.


  • A good track record in digital scholarship research or related research projects.
  • Experience in research project management.
  • Knowledge of trends and tools in data visualization.

Salary and Benefits
Salary will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and CLIR’s guidelines. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package, including medical care. Further information about the University and the general terms of service are available at

The fellowship is not restricted to holders of a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card, or a(n) travel/identity document showing that one is lawfully employable in Hong Kong.  However, the successful applicant will need to apply for and obtain permission for staying and holding employment prior to arrival in Hong Kong. The University will assist the successful applicant in applying for such permission. For more information on living and working in Hong Kong visit

About CUHK
Founded in 1963, CUHK is a comprehensive research university, with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.  Our student population is made up of over 16,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates from eight Faculties and a Graduate School. There are a wide range of research programs in many subject areas, and four strategically important areas of research; China Studies, Translational Biomedicine, Information & Automation Technology and Environment & Sustainability.  Located in Shatin overlooking Tolo Harbour, CUHK campus is the largest and greenest in Hong Kong.  CUHK is also an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sectors.

Note: Applicants for the fellowship at CUHK do NOT need to be legally permitted to work in the US, Canada, and/or Hong Kong between 2017 and 2019 in order to be eligible to apply.