Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed term position (24 months) as a Research Assistant at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The successful candidate will join a diverse and international research team with Professor Anne O Connor on the PIETRA project funded by the European Research Council. This research assistant will help to create and analyze a corpus of multilingual texts.

Job description:

Successful candidates will be employed to undertake work in the field of data collection and corpus linguistics. The Research Assistant will work alongside the Principal Investigator, Professor Anne O Connor and a team of PhD and postdoctoral researchers to carry out the following tasks:

  • Data collection and alignment of multilingual texts.
  • Quantitative research, data collection and data entry of multilingual sources.
  • Organization, alignment and collation of data.
  • Data analysis and results report
  • Promotion of the project including the written press and social networks.
  • Contribution to project progress reports and day-to-day project management.
  • Work closely with Principal Investigators and Head of Digital Humanities on this study
  • Establish collaborative relationships with researchers
  • Attend basic meetings

Qualifications/skills required:

The required kit:

  • A master’s degree in corpus linguistics, data analysis, computational linguistics, communication science or a related field (e.g. data science, digital humanities)
  • Good evidence of quantitative research skills
  • Evidence of strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well both collaboratively and independently

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in corpus analysis and data collection.
  • Experience with Sketch Engine or similar systems
  • Expertise in statistical analysis, data science and/or data modeling.
  • Ability to take initiative, be organized, flexible and work independently
  • Experience working with databases
  • Excellent computer/web design/social media skills
  • Proven ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.

Note: Those completing a Masters qualification in the summer of 2022 will be considered.

The project

PIETRA is the first large-scale multilingual study of the translation products and processes that underpin communication in world religion. The project focuses on translation practices in the institution of the Catholic Church and the multilingual communication of religious messages in a context of technological evolution. It poses key research questions relating to message consistency in a large multilingual institution across different languages, cultures and communication formats. PIETRA analyzes translation processes and products of the Catholic Church across three different media (print, web, and social media) and at two different time periods to advance understanding of how multilingual dissemination intersects with technological change and institutional ideology. PIETRA combines the latest advances in empirical translation research, data capture and analysis, with sociological and ethnographic surveys to form a model for analyzing the products and processes of large-scale multilingual dissemination.

The place

This position will be based at the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. The researcher will work with the Moore Institute’s Digital Technologist and will benefit from dedicated training, mentoring and networking activities.

The researcher will work under the direct supervision of Professor Anne O Connor to whom further informal inquiries regarding this position can be directed: [email protected]

Salary: 27,380 – 36,786 per year (public sector salary policy rules for new entrants will apply).

Start date: The position is available from August 2022

Contract duration: 24 months

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to take advantage of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

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To apply:

Applications including a cover letter, CV and contact details of two references should be emailed (in Word or PDF format only) to [email protected]

Please put the reference number RES NUIG 110-22 in the subject line of the application via email.

The deadline for receipt of applications is June 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Interviews are scheduled for June 27, 2022

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