[Corpora-List] Research associate post - Lancaster University

Rayson, Paul rayson at exchange.lancs.ac.uk
Thu Nov 27 00:02:20 CET 2008


Research Associate-Lancaster University Department of Psychology/Department of Computing

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to work on a 12-month project investigating the content and resonance of extremist (propaganda) literature. The project is a UK government-funded multidisciplinary collaboration between the Universities of Lancaster (computer science and psychology), Royal Holloway (international relations), and Warwick (sociology). It will use qualitative and quantitative methods to identify prominent narratives and arguments within the literature, analyse the perceptions and cognitions of the authors, and examine the actual resonance of, and resistance to, messages with those consuming the literature.

The successful applicant will be responsible for data collation and analysis, with a particular focus on examining language use within the literature. He or she will also have the opportunity to apply advanced computational-linguistic methods to the collated data and use these methods to develop models of risk. He or she will be expected to contribute to journal publications and conference presentations, and should anticipate being an active member of a multidisciplinary forensic research group. If desired, there will be an opportunity during the project for the successful applicant to apply for further research funding or for funding to carry out a PhD.

The post will suit a self-motivated and ambitious individual with experience in social science or corpus linguistics. The individual will hold at least an upper-second class undergraduate degree in computer science, linguistics, psychology, or another cognate discipline. Experience of conducting analysis of textual data, and knowledge of current UK security context as it relates to issues of 'extremism' and 'risk', will be an advantage.

The post is for a fixed-term of 12 months, available from January onwards.

Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be addressed to Dr Paul Taylor (email: p.j.taylor at lancaster.ac.uk; Tel: 01524 594421).

For further details and to apply, please see: http://www.personnel.lancs.ac.uk/vacancydets.aspx?jobid=A124

Application deadline: 18 December 2008. Interviews are planned for w/b 5 January 2009.

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