Postdoctoral Researcher (15 month contract) - An Foras Feasa

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. AFF invites applications for a Research Assistant to join a dynamic team to support the Letters of 1916-23 project funded by the Irish Research Council.

This is an exciting role to join a successful project as it enters a new research phase. The successful candidate will support Letters of 1916 as it expands its scope through 1923. S/he will be responsible leading the project’s technical development, including the development of a new single framework and workflow. The successful candidate will also collaborate with the Letters of 1916 team in the redevelopment of the project workflow, web presences, and visualisations of complex data.

Principal Duties

The STEM Postdoctoral Researcher will be primarily responsible for the technical development of the new platform with assistance from the Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Researcher. Learning from Letters of 1916 experience and practice, a new single framework and workflow will be developed. Tasks include:

1) Integrating components of the current Letters 1916 database and developing new aspects to allow integration between data collection, enrichment, analysis and publication;
2) Research into building transparency into the database, particularly in terms of data mining, exploiting ideas from the reproducible research paradigm as advocated by Stodden (2009) and Peng (2011);
3) Integrating interactive data mining modules (e.g. spatial, temporal, topic modelling, network analysis).

Essential Skills

• A PhD in computer science, engineering, digital humanities or a related discipline;
• Experience in text analysis or datamining (coding in either R or Python)
• Experience of integration technologies and web services.
• Experience in implementing web-based applications using Ruby on Rails, Python, AJAX, and/or Javascript;
• Experience with web services and integration technologies (REST, JSON), databases and search engines (MySQL, SOLR).
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
• Excellent organisational skills with experience in collaborating with a diverse range of individuals;
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to collaborate with both technical and non-technical team members.