Last application date Jun 25, 2021 00:00
Department LW03 - Department of History
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master’s diploma in computational linguistics, computer science or in information and library sciences or Master’s diploma in human or social sciences with additional certifications in computer science
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy type Research staff
Fully funded PhD in Digital Humanities
Applications are invited to apply for a PhD candidate position to perform research in the field of digital humanities methods at the Ghent Centre of Digital Humanities in collaboration with LT³ - Language and Translation Technology Team at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University. Ghent CDH specializes in the field of Digital Humanities bringing together experts in geography, history, literature, linguistics and cultural studies, working on DH research projects, teaching activities and infrastructure projects. LT³ conducts fundamental and applied research in the domain of language and translation technology and has extensive expertise in the use of machine learning for a wide range of language technology problems, int.al. part-of-speech tagging and lemmatization, anaphora resolution, word sense disambiguation and named entity recognition.
You will be embedded in the Horizon 2020 INFRA Research project - Computational Literary Studies. This European project will develop a shared resource of high-quality data, tools and knowledge needed for literary studies using artificial intelligence and other computational methods. The PhD candidate will research new natural language processing toolchains to facilitate research in literature and history. Specifically, the candidate will address the development of digital humanities methods in the following ways:
Research the development of a NLP toolchain in literary research with enhanced multilingual workflows;
Develop with a team of researchers a suite of workflows and prototypes to facilitate common research tasks within literary studies using NLP enrichments; this includes: named entity recognition, relational extraction, and sentiment analysis;
Work to optimise the availability of fundamental NLP tools within a workflow for historical literary texts using case studies from KBR (the Royal Library of Belgium) multilingual serial publication collection.
The candidate will perform academic research in preparation of a doctoral dissertation. You will be enrolled in the doctoral training program of Ghent University. The PhD student will have the opportunity to attend international conferences and to spend a research stay abroad in other research labs.
Given these tasks, we are searching for a candidate with a background in computer science or computational linguistics, with an interest in literature and cultural heritage.
Conditions of employment
This position after approximately four years of successful research results in a PhD title in Digital Humanities. We offer a position for 4 years with yearly evaluations, in an exciting research environment, working on the intersection between theory and application in the multi-disciplinary research environment of the Faculty Arts and Philosophy at Ghent University.
Remuneration will be determined according to salary scale AAP3 (more information about our salary scales). All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 38 days of paid leave, bicycle commuting reimbursement, ecocheques, etc.
The exact start date of the position is negotiable, preferably as soon as possible but no later than 01/09/2021. Candidates that will graduate soon (before the starting date 01/09/2021) are encouraged to apply.