Postdoctoral Research Position in Lexicography and Natural Language Processing at National University of Ireland, Galway

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a
full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Data
Science Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  This
position is funded by European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 731015 and is available from 1st April
2019 to contract end date of 1st April 2021.

DSI incorporates the NUI Galway node of the nationwide Insight Centre for
Data Analytics. DSI hosts more than 100 staff and has established itself as
a top player worldwide in the areas of Semantic Web and Linked Data. It has
successfully implemented a research strategy around the goal of “Enabling
Networked Knowledge”, which aims at capitalizing on knowledge as the fuel
for the digital service economy, by linking information and exploiting the
resulting knowledge graphs as the basis for economic productivity. The
institute performs fundamental and applied research in a range of research
areas to enable this, including data streams and sensor networks, knowledge
discovery, natural language processing, social semantics and social network
analysis, among others. Research outcomes are applied in use cases across a
range of domains, including eGovernment, financial services, manufacturing,
eHealth and Life Sciences.

Job Description:

The Data Science Institute (DSI) at NUI Galway is inviting applications for
the position of postdoctoral researcher for 2 years in the context of the
ELEXIS project on a European Lexicographic Infrastructure.

The position will be of interest to an early career researcher with
experience of natural language processing technologies and its application
to areas of digital humanities research. Excellent knowledge of the NLP
domain and of state-of-the-art tools and techniques will be required, as
well as experience in the development of lexicographic resources would be
preferable. A good appreciation of current challenges and limitations of
the field, as well as being able to envision opportunities and work
collaboratively is key.

The researcher will be involved in leading the creation of a tool to
support the acquisition and enrichment of lexicographic data from text,
including the identification of headwords, word senses, definitions,
examples and morphology in a semi-automatic manner. This work will also
involve further development of existing computational lexicons including
Polylingual and Colloquial WordNet.

In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be expected to take on other
duties, which may include supervising students, writing proposal for EU and
national calls and participating in industry projects related to the
current research.



   Develop new research methodologies as part of the ELEXIS project

   Collaborate with research partners in the ELEXIS project and travel to

   Contribute to the research and academic culture of DSI and NUIG

   Assist in the teaching and supervision of students at DSI

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:


   PhD in Natural Language Processing, Computer Science or Lexicography

   Experience with natural language processing or related technologies

   Strong publication record

   Excellent understanding of experimental design and scientific

   Strong command of oral and written English

   Good programming skills and evidence of previously completed software

Desirable Requirements:


   Experience working with lexical and semantic resources

   Strong skills in Java programming

   Experience with supervision of students

   Experience in writing grant proposals

   Track record of contribution to open source projects.

Salary: €40,076-€46,794 per annum

*Start date*: Position is available from 1st April 2019

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

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

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available
on Research
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For information on moving to Ireland please see

Further information about the Data Science Institute is available at

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. John P. McCrae (

NB: Garda vetting is a requirement for this post after appointment

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of
three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in PDF only) to Dr. John P.
McCrae at

Please put reference number NUIG-004-19 in subject line of e-mail

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 28th February

Interviews are planned to be held on 14th March

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

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

Received on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 20:36:06 UTC