Jobs for humanists 8/27

last of the August jobs

Wow, somehow it’s the end of August. Here are a lot of jobs from the Library of Congress.

Legal Assistant • Library of Congress • September 7, 2021

The title is a little misleading:

The Legal Research Fellow works as a junior researcher on foreign, comparative, and international law under the guidance of a staff foreign law specialist. The incumbent’s specialty is defined by Library of Congress needs in jurisdictional coverage and collection development.

It seems like an interesting job for someone with this kind of research interests! There’s a lengthy list of responsibilities, beginning with

Participates in group efforts on research projects as a member of a collaborative team. As directed and employing the applicable established methodology for the project, undertakes and/or may help with research and data analytical tasks of moderate complexity to support the development of an array of analytical and descriptive products or components. Under supervision, creates and updates research guides, and contributes to research products in digital and analogous formats produced by the Law Library of Congress.  . . .

The qualifications are brief:

Ability to coordinate and perform administrative and clerical functions to support the work of a legal office.**

Ability and experience in conducting legal research.**

Knowledge of the processes, procedures, and practices sufficient to conduct legal research.**

Ability to plan, organize and execute work and interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

As always, the double asterisks mean “we really need this we mean it.” Here is the questionnaire - with narratives! Lots of narratives! It does not, as far as I can tell, offer any additional insight into what foreign language expertise they might be interested in.

There’s a related position, with a September 24, 2021 deadline: Foreign Law Specialist.

Instructor/Assistant Professor • Army Cyber Institute • September 14, 2021

A lot of departments seem to be looking for someone working on AI ethics these days. I’m not sure which departments are churning out PhDs in that topic, but if you’re in one, here’s a job for you:


  • You will engage in research and scholarship on cyber law, ethics and/or policy matters in support of the Army Cyber Institute's mission of supporting the cyber operational force as the Army's Premier Cyber Think Tank.

  • You will conduct research at the intersection of cyber and your relevant academic discipline, with the expectation that you will develop and execute a specific research agenda.

  • You will help to develop course material for the United States Military Academy that bridges the domains of your academic discipline and Cyberspace.

  • You will teach at the United States Military Academy in an area related to your academic discipline.

  • You will participate in the professional development of cadets and the cyber workforce through academic counseling, instruction and mentorship, and guiding cadet research.

It’s a term appointment, but what isn’t.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following: 1) Academic accomplishment (a Juris Doctorate or PhD degree is preferred), 2) Prior teaching experience at the university level, 3) Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in cyber, 4) Experience and ability to create university-level curriculum, 5) Demonstrated potential to conduct independent and novel cyber-related research, 6) Demonstrated ability to create collaborative relationships and communications.

You will need a research statement - check the listing for application info.

Librarian • Library of Congress • September 24, 2021

Okay! Are you a Russian scholar? With library experience? Here is a job to look at!

This position is located in the Russia Section, Germanic And Slavic Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services. . . . This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. 

There is an education requirement, though you don’t have to have a library degree. The qualifications stress both subject expertise and library experience:

Ability to communicate in Russian and English, with Ukrainian or other major Slavic languages desirable.**

Ability to acquire and create metadata for library materials.**

Knowledge of library acquisitions and metadata rules, practices, and procedures.**

Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information technology.**

Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Here’s the questionnaire. Tell your friends.

Analyst in Small Business and Economic Development Policy • Congressional Research Services (LOC) • September 24, 2021

Okay, I don’t know if this job is a good fit for someone on this list or not, but I was thinking about OPM’s advice about relevant experience - so here it is.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance Division seeks an Analyst in Small Business and Economic Development Policy to join its Federalism and Emergency Management Section. The analyst will serve the U.S. Congress by providing in-depth research and analysis on policy issues pertinent to small business and economic development, federal contracting preferences, business development, and technical assistance programs, and may support research throughout CRS. . . .

The ideal candidate will have experience conducting applied analysis that blends a background in economic development policy with detailed knowledge of small business development programs and principles, including federal contracting preferences. State and/or local planning experience and expertise connecting this experience to federal policy and programs is preferred. Strong public policy research, writing, and presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Candidates with experience explaining complex public policies, programs, and economic principles in terms that resonate with audiences without their level of expertise are encouraged to apply.

And if that’s not you, maybe you know someone.

The qualifications are:

Knowledge of small business, economic development, and related issues** 

Ability to analyze public policy issues** 

Ability to write in a public policy context**

Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations.

Ability to lead collaborative research tasks.

Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

And here’s the questionnaire (narratives again!).

Thanks for stopping by this week!