The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), in conjunction with the North-West University (NWU), is offering a postdoctoral fellowship for suitably qualified candidates in the fields of digital humanities (DH), computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, digital lexicography, data mining and visualisation, digital curation, or related fields.
SADiLaR is a national research infrastructure whose mandate is to focus on digital text and speech resource development of the official languages of South Africa. It runs two programmes, one of which is a digitisation programme which includes the systematic creation of relevant digital text, speech and multi-modal resources for these languages, as well as the development of appropriate natural language processing tools for research and development purposes. The second is a DH programme which facilitates research capacity-building by promoting and supporting the use of digital data and innovative methodological approaches within the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The successful candidate will be required to:
Perform research on one or more South African languages in the context of DH or a related field
Produce and publish accredited, peer-reviewed articles in the domains of SADiLaR’s main programmes
Participate in research projects managed or executed by SADiLaR
Provide limited research support to junior researchers
Assist with capacity-building in the field of DH through the presentation of workshops, and assistance with the conceptualisation of DH projects on a national basis
A doctoral degree in an appropriate field associated with digital humanities obtained within the past five years. Fields can include - AI; Machine Learning; Computer Studies; Data Science etc.
A proven track record of publications in journals and/or conference proceedings
Demonstrable programming experience for data processing and visualisation OR knowledge of data analysis and visualisation tools used in DH research
Good communication skills (written and verbal)
Experience in working in teams
Fellowships are awarded for an initial period of one year, renewable for a second and third year, subject to the following conditions:
Satisfactory progress on the research project(s) as agreed with the fellowship advisor
Productive integration into the research group
Availability of funding
The aim of the grant is to fund successful candidates at per annum tax free from NWU funding.
A further maximum amount of R20 000 per annum will be made available for running costs.
A once-off amount to a maximum of R20 000 will be made available for relocation costs.
Full funding (accommodation, subsistence, travel and registration costs) to attend at least one recognised international conference annually, to disseminate accepted paper(s) related to research.
SADiLaR will provide the successful candidate with necessary research infrastructure as well as project funding to successfully execute the candidate’s duties. Project funding will be awarded based on accepted research proposal(s) that will be evaluated on an ad hoc basis.
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