LINGUIST List 21.948

Thu Feb 25 2010

Jobs: Software Development: Research Assistant/Fellow, U of Aberdeen

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        1.    Richard Bevan, Software Development; Humanities Computing: Research Assistant/Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Message 1: Software Development; Humanities Computing: Research Assistant/Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Date: 23-Feb-2010
From: Richard Bevan <>
Subject: Software Development; Humanities Computing: Research Assistant/Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Aberdeen Department: School of Language and Literature Job Location: Aberdeen, United Kingdom Web Address:
Job Rank: Research Assistant/Research Fellow

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Software Development; Humanities Computing

Required Language(s): English (eng)


University of AberdeenSchool of Language and LiteratureResearch Assistant/Research Fellow in Software Development/Humanities ComputingLanguage and Linguistic Evidence in the 1641 Depositions

In support of a major multidisciplinary Arts and Humanities ResearchCouncil funded project Language and Linguistic Evidence in the 1641Depositions, led by Dr. Barbara Fennell, we are seeking a ResearchAssistant or Postdoctoral Research Fellow in SoftwareDevelopment/Humanities Computing. You will work with the PrincipalInvestigator (PI) and a team of other linguists, computer specialists andhistorians to further develop and analyze a digitized corpus of quasi-legalstatements from witnesses to the 1641 rebellion in Ireland. Consulting withHumanities Computing experts in Dublin, the postholder will developfacility with IBM LanguageWare™, and will work with the PI and Early ModernEnglish Research Fellow to develop the ontologies needed to manipulate thedigital corpus in order to be able to interrogate it about the nature ofthe language represented within it (for interpretation by historicallinguists, dialect and text analysis specialists and cultural, politicaland social historians). The postholder will then proceed to help develop aninteractive research site for use by linguists, historians and lay inquirers.

To be appointed as a Research Fellow you must hold a PhD in a relevantcomputer science discipline, or to be appointed as a Research Assistant youmust hold a Master's degree plus the appropriate level of experience thatdemonstrates the required skills and capabilities. You should havedemonstrated expertise in java programming, databases, XML, and have astrong understanding of modern web technologies. You will be disciplined,but creative and innovative, and motivated by the creation oftransformative research technology. A flair for user interface design andvisualization techniques would be prove advantageous.

A Research Fellow will be appointed at the appropriate point of Grade 6-7scale (£29,853 - £36,715 per annum), and a Research Assistant will beappointed at the appropriate point of the Grade 5 scale (£25,001 - £28,139per annum).

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Barbara Fennell at the email addressbelow.

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you willbe required to fulfill the minimum points criteria to be granted aCertificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time anoffer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that youfulfill the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency inEnglish. Please do not hesitate to contact Moira Falconer, HR Adviser, forfurther information on this.

To apply online for this position visit oralternatively you may request an application pack by emailing your name andcontact details to or by telephoning our 24 hour answerservice on (01224) 272727 quoting the job reference number LAN019R.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Monday 22 March 2010.

It is anticipated that the first interviews will be held in Aberdeen on 25March 2010.

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Application Deadline: 22-Mar-2010 Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Dr. Barbara Fennell Email:

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