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
- 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
- Teaching experience
- 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
- 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.
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
- Productive integration into the research group
- Availability of funding
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.
How to apply:
Please send your abbreviated CV, ID/passport and qualifications to the
following email address: info@xxxxxxxxxxx
Applications deadline: 29 February 2020
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