Jobs: Natural Language Technology and Metadata and Ontological Engineering

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Applications are invited for two part time research fellow posts in Digital Humanities (Natural Language Technology and Metadata and Ontological Engineering) in the Natural Language Technology Group (NLTG)  University of Brighton, UK.

Deadline: 1 April 2014.

Research Fellow in Natural Language Technology (50%FTE, 12 months) - Ref: SM4041

Traces through Time is a collaborative project, led by The National Archives, to trace individuals across large, diverse historical datasets. Your role will be to develop tools for entity recognition and extraction from different historical text types, with a focus on uncertainty and ambiguity, building on our work in the ChartEx project.. A good (1 or 2:1) degree in computer science or a related discipline, and a PhD in Natural Language Processing or equivalent professional research experience are essential. Expertise in text mining or entity extraction, particularly involving symbolic or hybrid approaches, is desirable as is experience of working with historical documents and digital prosopography. The post is fixed-term for 12 months as funding is limited.

Research Fellow in Metadata and Ontological Design (25%FTE, to 1 April 2015) - Ref: AD4005

The DEEP FILM Access project aims to improve access to the complex datasets generated by industrial film production. You will collaborate on the design and evaluation of an ontology for digital assets of a feature-length film, and a methodology for integrating assets at the point of creation, linking computer-generated and manually-created metadata. A good (1 or 2:1) degree in computer science or a related discipline, and a PhD in computer science or equivalent professional research experience are essential. Experience of working with diverse media types, associated metadata and ontological design is desirable, as is knowledge of metadata standards and open application interfaces. The post is fixed-term until 1 April 2015 as funding is limited.

The posts are supported by the 'Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities: Big Data Research' programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with support from the Economic and Social Research Council.

Applications to both posts from suitably qualified candidates are welcome, although no special preference will be given to such applications - the selection processes for the posts will run entirely independently.
For full details and application forms, see the University of Brighton Vacancies page.

For further information about NLTG, see

Please get in touch if you have any questions about these posts, and forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

Dr Sarah Atkinson
Assistant Head
Digital Transformations
School of Art, Design & Media
Faculty of Arts
University of Brighton
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