Research Associate Position: Genealogies of Knowledge
VACANCY REF: HUM-09286
Application Deadline: Midnight 15 December 2016
Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
- Professor Mona Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Professor Luis Pérez-González (email@example.com)
- Professor Peter E Pormann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4499
This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on 15 December 2016.
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Genealogies of Knowledge: The Evolution and Contestation of Concepts across Time and Space is an AHRC-funded project investigating the historical evolution and transformation through translation of key concepts in political and scientific thought, that can often be traced back to the ancient Greek world.
Starting with ancient Greece through to the twenty-first century, the project will focus on translation flows involving Arabic, Latin and English – the three highly influential lingua francas that facilitated and mediated the processes of conceptual transformation and dissemination in the historical periods and cultural spaces selected for the study.
In addition, the research team will examine how established meanings and interpretations of such concepts are currently being contested and renegotiated by civil society actors involved in networked, counter-hegemonic globalisation movements.
For both strands of analysis, the study involves building large, diverse electronic corpora of target language texts in Arabic, Latin and English, as well as their Greek source texts; and developing a range of open-source tools for corpus analysis and visualisation that harness the power of the computer to process, compare and visualise patterns in these very large textual repositories.
You will be part of a team comprising the principal investigator, Professor Mona Baker, two coinvestigators, Professor Luis Pérez-González and Professor Peter Pormann, a Senior Research Associate, Dr. Saturnino Luz, a Research Associate, Dr. Kamran Karimullah, a Ph.D. candidate, Mr. Jan Buts, and a full-time Project Support Officer, Dr. Ralph Brown. You will be supervised by Professor Mona Baker.
The post will be based in the main University campus (Samuel Alexander Building).
- Identifying and downloading relevant texts from the Internet for inclusion in the corpus
- Annotating texts with agreed metadata information
- Supporting the analysis of the texts in the corpus
- Assisting with the dissemination of findings via presentations and journal articles
- Assisting in the organisation of conferences and workshops
There will also be an opportunity to input into other grant proposals.
- Excellent or native-speaker command of English.
- Hold or about to complete a Ph.D. in Translation or a related subject.
- Very good command of a foreign language, preferably French or German.
- Excellent technical skills, including the ability to harvest data from the web.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
- Ability to prioritise and manage own workload and work to deadlines.
- Ability to self-motivate and work independently.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
- Willingness to undertake further training.
- Knowledge of the methods and techniques of corpus linguistics and translation studies.
- Experience in website development.
- Experience in searching, documenting and analysing web-based material.
- Experience in working with a wide range of software applications, especially those used in documenting metadata for electronic corpora.