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Postdoctoral Scholar - Homosaurus, Spanish

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School / Campus / College: Information School

Organization: Information School

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Homosaurus, Spanish

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Position Description

The University of Washington Information School invites applications for a 12-month appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar to work on a project titled “Developing a Spanish-language Homosaurus: Using Multi-language Linked Data to Enhance LGBTQ Resource Discoverability,” which was recently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024. The fellowship may be completed residence in Seattle at the iSchool or as fully or partially remote depending on the preferences of the selected fellow.

The Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of LGBTQ terms that supports improved access to LGBTQ resources within cultural heritage institutions––libraries, archives, and museums––around the world. In collaboration with project PIs Drs. Marika Cifor (UW iSchool) and K.J. Rawson (English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University), the postdoctoral scholar will lead a research and development project that includes a multi-stakeholder collaboration working to enhance and engender access to LGBTQ resources through the development of a Spanish-language Homosaurus. Under the supervision of Dr. Cifor, the Fellow’s work will include: collections-based research in archives and libraries, including site visits; iterative development of Spanish-language content for the vocabulary; coordination with research partners including on vocabulary implementation; and the development and hosting of community events around the project. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to work closely with a rich and diverse array of cultural heritage resources; to develop strong collaborations with library and archives partners and their communities; and to engage in the vibrant research community of the iSchool.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to pursue their own research agenda as well as actively participate in our team’s collaborative efforts. We seek applicants who bring a dynamic research agenda in queer and/or trans studies. We are particularly interested in scholars of queer and/or trans studies who work on topics related to Latin American, Latinx/e, and Chicanx diasporic communities, territories, bodies, and cultural heritage in the Americas.

The position is hosted by the University of Washington, a world-class research university in the Pacific Northwest. The iSchool is located in Seattle, Washington, on the homelands of the Coast Salish peoples whose land touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations. The successful candidate will join a broad-based, inclusive Information School, whose faculty members pursue their research, teaching, and service across multiple degree programs and are committed to leadership, innovation, social justice and upholding tribal sovereignty.

Postdoctoral Scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The base salary range for this position will be $5,705 - $5,833 per month, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. 


     Applicants must have a PhD, JD, EdD, or foreign equivalent in the social sciences, humanities, or related fields by date of appointment.

     Fluency and excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Spanish and English

     Research expertise in one or more areas of LGBTQ studies

     An ability to work in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, including demonstrated success in working with diverse populations


     A cover letter describing your interest in this position; and explicitly addressing past, present, and/or future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion

     Curriculum vitae, including names and contact information of three references

     A paper, dissertation chapter, or equivalent writing sample that demonstrate expertise and fit for the position

     A brief research statement that outlines your research achievements and goals

Applications will be accepted until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately with a priority review date of November 30, 2023. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Marika Cifor at

Applicants may find further information about the UW iSchool at the following websites:


     iSchool’s diversity web pages:

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