The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), as a research entity hosted by the North West University, is a national research infrastructure supporting the development and distribution of language resources. The position of technical manager has a dual purpose: (i) providing technicalsupport and leadership for all projects taking place within SADiLaR, including the development, distribution, and evaluation of language resources; and (ii) planning and management of all language resource and software development within SADiLaR and the respective nodes of the Centre. SADiLaR is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) initiating and co-ordinating dedicated projects being executed by the Centre itself, as well as by the Nodes comprising the University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, the Meraka Institute of the CSIR, CTexT as well as a partnership (ICELDA) of four South African universities.
Given the growth in HLT and DH, academic (theoretical) as well as technical (practical) inputs are necessary in a centre of this kind, hence a position of this nature.
1. Technical oversight, development and support:
Responsible for oversight regarding the development and sustainable functioning of the various SADiLaR portals, which implies;
the maintenance and development of a multifunctional language resource portal for effective public use,
management of all current and future digital resources available in the portal,
application of standards to ensure interoperability of data at national, as well as international levels.
Provide leadership to line functionaries (computational linguist, software developer and programmer) regarding the development of applicable processes and software for the effective attainment of
SADiLaR goals with regard to digital resource acquisition and management.
Plan and manage all software development projects within SADiLaR.
Liaise and cooperate with the Research Manager on all technical aspects related to resources and tools applicable to DH projects, or any related issue, and take necessary steps to mitigate problematic issues.
Liaise and cooperate with the Project Manager on any technical aspect that may inhibit and or influence planned delivery of any project at any of the Nodes, and seek solutions to alleviate the situation.
Assist management with the monitoring of non-degree DH related projects in the Nodes of SADiLaR, or as open call projects in co-operation with the Project Manager.
Operate as member of the Management Committee in attainment of the goals of SADiLaR.
Report to Director of SADiLaR,
2. Research and teaching:
Provide technical leadership in the domains of Language Technology and/or Digital Humanities, assisting the Research Manager.
Act as supervisor / co-supervisor for Masters and Doctoral students.
Continuous research into best practices regarding digital language data acquisition, curation and management, given rapid changes in technologies.
Publish research findings related to individual or group research.
Disseminate research findings at national and international conferences/workshops.
Masters qualification in either General or Computational Linguistics, Human Language Technology, Computer Science or Information and Communication Technologies.
5 years’ experience in the management and evaluation of full-stack software development projects.
5 years’ experience in managing software application development
3 years’ experience in liaising with external partners.
Other competency requirements:
Post-graduate qualification related to management of digital resources.
Experience in driving development projects related to Natural Language Processing (NLP) or Human Language Technologies (HLT).
Experience in the acquisition, evaluation and distribution of language resources
Experience in presentation of research based results related to HLT and/or DH at national and international conferences.
Experience working in a team environment.
Experience in the publication of peer reviewed academic papers and research reports.
Proven record of proposal writing.
Technical knowledge of server infrastructures related to the functioning of data repositories and software as a service.
Knowledge of national and international standards applicable to the curation of language resources.
Knowledge and experience with programming languages applicable in the fields of LT and DH.
Ability to produce academic publications and conference papers.
Ability to lead development projects.
Ability to work independently or as part of a team
Ability to effectively liaise and communicate with the public, students and colleagues at various levels and from diverse backgrounds.
Demonstration of language proficiency in order to function optimally in multilingual environments.
Ability to manage staff
TOTAL REMUNERATION PACKAGE: Market related
ENQUIRIES: Prof Attie De Lange, 018 299 4566
CLOSING DATE: 11 June 2019
COMMENCEMENT OF DUTIES: 1 August 2019
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