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Two Research Assistant Positions Open in the ODYCCEUS Project

Do you have a background in computational linguistics, in data science or in computer science? The Department of Management at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia invites applications for two one-year fellowships on Program ODYCCEUS – Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces Grant Agreement n. 732942 del 26/10/2016, CUP H72F16000760006 H2020-FETPROACT2016-2017 RIA funded by the EU (FET Proact 2016) – under the supervision of prof. Massimo Warglien. Both fellowships start approximately in January 2020 with a stipend of 22.750,00 Euros per year including taxes and social charges. Deadline for submission of applications is November 26th 2019, 12 noon (Italian time).

Position 1

Title: Applications of Natural Language Processing to historical analysis: the case of antisemitism in France 1789-1919

This project is part of a broader one, Odycceus, funded by the EU FET program. It will develop a fine-grained representation of cultural conflicts based on sophisticated text analysis and new models of alignment and polarization dynamics. This project will also contribute to the development an open modular platform, called Penelope, that integrates tools for the complete pipeline, from data from social media and digital sources, to visualization of the analyses and models developed by the project. The platform features an infrastructure allowing developers to provide new plug-ins for additional steps in the pipeline, share them with others, and jointly develop the platform as an open source community. The project will, apply tools form the platform to the analysis of case studies, including a historical case sudy on the evolution of antisemitism in France, 1789-1919. This project will focus on the computational analysis of a large a large corpus of over 50.000 French books and 250.000 periodicals issues through word embeddings and other computational linguistics tools. The ultimate goal is to understand historical changes in conceptual structures associated to antisemitism. Work will be developed in close interaction with historians involved in the Odycceus project. The candidate will be recruited to work on the analysis of a large corpus on racism and religious bias in France, 1789-1919. The candidate will have to develop and apply tools for diachronic language analysis and for bias detection in the corpus. Knowledge of most common NLP packages for Python will be required. In particular, good knowledge of word embedding techniques and of network analysis, and proficiency in Python language will be needed.

Requirements

Prospective candidates are expected to hold master’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science or Computational linguistics or related programs and relevant experience on the research topic and scientific-professional curriculum suitable to the development of research activities related to the fellowship.

Position 2

Title: Modular services and pipelines for the Odycceus platfrom on opinion dynamics

This project is part of a broader one, Odycceus, funded by the EU – FET program. It will develop a fine-grained representation of cultural conflicts based on sophisticated text analysis and new models of alignment and polarization dynamics. This project will also contribute to the development an open modular platform, called Penelope, that integrates tools for the complete pipeline, from data from social media and digital sources, to visualization of the analyses and models developed by the project. The platform features an infrastructure allowing developers to provide new plug-ins for additional steps in the pipeline, share them with others, and jointly develop the platform as an open source community. The project will develop a back-end for archiving and processing textual data from web sources. Services will be modular and scalable, and respect the open API standard. The candidate will be recruited to work on the development of the Penelope platform and its observatories. The candidate will have to develop and orchestrate an ecosystem of APIs that will query database of both SQL and non-SQL type. Knowledge of both SQL and non-SQL databases, as well as of OpenAPIs standards will be needed. Programming languages: Javascript, Python or R.

Requirements

Prospective candidates are expected to hold master’s degree in Computer Science or Data Science or related programs and relevant experience on the research topic and scientific-professional curriculum suitable to the development of research activities related to the fellowship.

Deadline for submission of applications: November 26th 2019, 12 noon (Italian time).

How to apply:

Candidates should submit:

  1. The application form
  2. A motivation letter (max 1 page) along with their CV in European format, duly dated and signed, both to enclosed as a one single.pdf file. (link)
  3. A copy of a valid identity document (either Identity Card or Passport)
  4. (If available) Evaluation Summary Reports of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships/ ERC Starting Grants/FIRB (Italian Fund for basic research investments)/SIR (Scientific Young Independence Research) individual proposals having passed all the evaluation thresholds
  5. (If available) Details of Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships, ERC Starting Grants, FIRB (Italian Fund for basic research investments)/ SIR Scientific Young Independence Research funded projects
  6. All documents, qualifications and publications relevant for the selection procedure (please, see the notice link).

How to submit your application

Applications should be submitted by the online procedure, available on the notice webpage (link) Or submit here: https://static.unive.it/domandeconcorso-en/accesso/dma-warglien-2assegniodycceus The candidate, after the uploading, will receive a submission number and an e-mail acknowledging receipt of his/her application.

The candidate if necessary could access the procedures for updating any data and materials by the link provided by the e-mail, in any case any updates must be made no later than the deadline November 26th 2019, 12 noon (Italian time).