Applications invited for Research Assistant in Data Collection and Corpus Linguistics

Research Assistant in Data Collection and Corpus Linguistics

Moore Institute, NUI Galway

Ref. No. NUIG RES 110-22

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fixed-term contract 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 Prof Anne O’Connor on the PIETRA Project funded by the European Research Council. This research assistant will help create and analyze a cross-lingual corpus of texts. 

Job Description:

The successful candidates will be employed to undertake work in the area of data collection and corpus linguistics.  The Research Assistant will work alongside the Principal Investigator, Prof. Anne O’Connor and a team of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to complete the following:

  • Data collection, and alignment of multilingual texts.
  • Quantitative research, data gathering and data input of multilingual sources.
  • Data organisation, alignment and collation.
  • Data analysis and reporting of findings
  • Promotion of the project including print and social media.
  • Contribution to project progress reports and day to day running of the project.
  • Work closely with the Principal Investigators and Digital Humanities Manager on this study
  • Build collaborative relationships with researchers
  • Attend core meetings

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in corpus linguistics, data analytics, computational linguistics, communication science, or a cognate subject (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 modelling.
  • Ability to take initiative, be organized, be flexible, and work independently
  • Experience of working with databases
  • Excellent IT skills / website design / social media
  • Proven ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

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

The project

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

The place

This post will be based in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. The researcher will work with the Digital Technologist in the Moore Institute and will benefit from dedicated training, mentorship and networking activities.

The researcher will work under the direct supervision of Professor Anne O’Connor to whom further informal enquiries concerning this position may be made:

Salary: €27,380 – €36,786 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply). 

Start date: Position is available from August 2022

Contract Duration: 24 months

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

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To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of two referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG RES 110-22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 3 June, 2022

Interviews are planned to take place on 27 June, 2022

We reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment

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