HuJo RA Vacancy

Research Assistants vacancies for Social Semantic Archive Project

The National University of Ireland, Galway, is seeking two outstanding candidates for Research Assistant positions in the Social Web and Semantic Web / Linked Data domain. The successful candidates will work within the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway (formerly known as DERI), and will also closely collaborate with the Digital Repository of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy.

The successful candidate will conduct research in the area of the application of Linked Data technologies for creating a national social media repository, and will be focusing on topics such as social media event detection, social network analysis, Semantic Web and Linked Data, and the archival and contextualisation of social media content.

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. Our project partner the Digital Repository of Ireland is a key national aggregator of cultural and social data.

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.
  • Experience in some, if not all, of the following:
    • Social event detection
    • 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 Humanities, Social Sciences, Journalism, Communication, Political Studies or relevant subjects.
  • Strong background in front- and back-end Web application development.
  • 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.
  • Industrial experience and the ability to collaborate with industry partners.
  • Experience in Web-related standardisation activities (including W3C) as both author and editor.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and scientific writing skills.

Salary range: €24,478 – €32,173 per annum.

Position RA1 (ref NUIG 2-14) is available from 1st February 2013 and is full time for a fixed term of 12 months.

Position RA2 (ref NUIG 1-14) is available from 1st February 2013 and is part time (0.5 full time) for a fixed term of 12 months, or full time for a fixed term of 6 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 put reference number NUIG 2-14 for the full time and NUIG 1-14 for the part time position in subject line of e-mail application.


Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, 31 January 2014.


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 and data mining, media analytics and optimisation, decision analytics, personalisation and recommender systems, the Semantic Web and Linked Data, and the sensor web. 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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