Research Assistants vacancies in Trust for Social Semantic Journalism

The Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the Insight National Centre for Data Analytics @NUI Galway (formerly know as DERI) is seeking  outstanding candidates for two full-time fixed term Research Assistant positions in trust and provenance in Social Semantic Web and journalism realm. This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is available from 1st February 2014 to contract end date of 31st January 2015. 

The successful candidates will work on a project on ‘trust verification for social media content and sources for news production’, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. The successful candidate will conduct research on the area of social event/breaking news detection and verification, social data provenance, Social Networks Analysis, Semantic Web and Linked Data. She/he will also be expected to play a strong development role in the project, and to collaborate with key national broadcasting organisations.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway (former DERI) 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.

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 Network Analysis
    • Social Media Provenance
    • 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.
  • Familiarity with the news and media industry, knowledge of the news production process and preferably having worked in/with such organisation.
  • Experience in / familiarity with the following is highly desirable:
    • Digital/Online/Citizen Journalism
    • 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.
  • 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: €24,592 – €31,083 per annum  (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: 1st February 2014.

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 123-13 in subject line of e-mail application.


 Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, 19 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 & 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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