Research Assistant Vacancies in Social Media Mining for Social Semantic Journalism

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two Research Assistant positions in social media mining in social semantic journalism realm. The successful candidates will work within the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics @NUIG (formerly know as DERI), on a project on ‘a socially aware multimedia enrichment solution for journalists and newswire subscribers’, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway hosts one of the most internationally-recognised Linked Data research groups in the world, and is dedicated to research aimed at enabling Networked Knowledge using Semantic Web technologies.

The successful candidate will conduct research on the area of social media mining, natural language processing and social event detection and classification. She/he will also be expected to play a strong development role in the project.

Essential criteria for the applicant:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Informatics, or relevant subjects.
  • Strong Java or Python programming skills.
  • Minimum two years software development experience.
  • Knowledge of software design, development and maintenance processes.
  • Strong background in front- and backend Web application development.
  • Have experience in some, if not all, of the following:
    • Social Media Mining
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies
    • Stream processing
  • Proven ability to work independently or in a team environment.
  • The applicant should be creative and enthusiastic, with excellent communication skills.

It is desirable that applicant will possess:

  • A Masters or MPhil degree in Computer Science, Informatics or relevant subjects.
  • A Masters degree in Journalism, Communication, Political Studies or relevant subjects.
  • Experience working in industry and developing commercial software products.
  • Experience in / familiarity with the following is highly desirable:
    • Natural Language Processing
    • Text Mining
    • Data Visualisation
    • Data Verification
  • A good record of theoretical and applied research on the Social Web and the Semantic Web, warranted by a scientific publication record in workshops, conferences, journals and book chapters and/or awards in national or international challenges.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and scientific writing skills.

Salary range: €23,876 – €32,930 per annum.

This post is available from 1st February 2015 and is full time for a fixed term for 12 months.

For informal discussion about this post please contact:

To Apply: Applicants should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a research statement and the names and addresses of at least three referees, via email (text, postscript or PDF only) to:

Please include Ref: NUIG 112-14 in the subject of your email.


Final date for accepting applications is  29 April 2015, however we will close the position as soon as it is filled.


About NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway is home to more than 15,000 students across five Colleges with highly active agendas in teaching and research.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at NUI Galway, University College Dublin, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions. It brings together a critical mass of more than 200 researchers from Ireland’s leading ICT centres to develop a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application areas.

The €75m centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and a wide range of industry partners.  Insight’s research focus encompasses a broad range of data analytics technologies and challenges, including machine learning & data mining, media analytics and optimisation and decision analytics, personalisation and recommender systems, the Semantic Web and Linked Data and the sensor web. And together with more than 30 partner companies Insight researchers are solving critical challenges in the areas of Connected Health and the Discovery Economy.

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


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