Assistant or Associate Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University

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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson in the History Department at Princeton University seeks an Assistant or Associate Editor to join its staff. Under the direction of General Editor James P. McClure and in partnership with Princeton University Press, the project’s team of editors is preparing the full, authoritative, printed and electronic edition of Jefferson’s public and private papers through his two terms as president. Responsibilities of the position include (but are not limited to) preparation of textual and explanatory annotation, verification of transcriptions of early 19th-century manuscripts, and historical research. The ability to work both independently and as a member of a collaborative team is essential. Starting rank in the University’s Professional Research Staff will be Associate Research Scholar; salary and title (Assistant Editor or Associate Editor) are dependent on qualifications. Applicants must apply online at (Req #1400215) with a cover letter, a c.v., a brief writing sample  (15 pages maximum), and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on May 20, 2014.

Essential Qualifications: PhD in history or a related field (in hand by the time of appointment); excellent research and writing skills; ability to work in a collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in documentary editing; research experience and knowledge of primary and secondary sources in the history of the early American republic and the Atlantic world in the early 19th century; knowledge of text encoding (XML and TEI); reading knowledge of French, Spanish, or Italian.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.