NUIG 100-20 Postdoctoral Researcher, Data Science Institute, NUI Galway

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    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    16/07/2020 17:00 - Europe/London
    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 Science Foundation Ireland as part of the SFI Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics and the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825185 and is available from 1st September 2020 to contract end date of 31st December 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 in the context of the SFI Insight Research Centre for Data Analytics.

This postdoctoral position is in the area of Research Challenge 4 on “Multimodel Data Interpretation”, and will focus on the combination of existing natural language processing technologies, including machine translation, and the integration with other modalities of data including speech, video and images. In addition, the project will focus on the use of these technologies to improve NLP for under-resourced languages including for minority and historical languages.

In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the Prêt-à-LLOD project on linguistic linked open data and will work on making NLP pipelines and resources more widely available through the use of linked data technologies.

The postdoctoral position will focus on research work, however, the candidate will also be expected to contribute to the activities of the institute, in particular, through writing grant applications, supervising PhD and MSc students and public engagement activities as appropriate.


  • Develop new research methodologies as part of the Insight Centre.
  • Collaborate with research partners in the Insight Centre and travel to meetings.
  • 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 methodologies
  • Strong command of oral and written English
  • Good programming skills and evidence of previously completed software projects


Desirable Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of linguistics related to under-resourced languages
  • Knowledge of machine translation
  • Programming experience with deep learning in Python
  • Experience with supervision of students
  • Experience in writing grant proposals
  • Track record of contribution to open source projects.

Employment permit restrictions apply for this category of post

Salary: €37,874 - €49,050 per annum

Start date: Position is available from 1st September 2020

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 at NUI Galway

For information on moving to Ireland please see www.euraxess.ie

Further information about the Data Science Institute is available at https://datascienceinstitute.ie/

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr. John P. McCrae (john.mccrae@nuigalway.ie)

To Apply:

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

Please put reference number NUIG100-20 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm 16th July 2020


Interviews are planned to be held during the 1st week of August 2020


Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed


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.

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