The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures seeks a highly motivated Research Assistant to transcribe handwritten texts of Scottish Gaelic traditional narrative for the purposes of training an automatic handwriting recogniser.
This is a part-time, 17.5 hours per week, position on a 7 month fixed-term contract from September 2019.
Salary: £27,830 – £32,236 per annum, pro rata. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 2nd August 2019.
Information enquiries are welcome and can be sent via email to Dr Will Lamb, Celtic and Scottish Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Job Title: Research Assistant
Unit (if applicable): Celtic and Scottish Studies
Line Manager: Dr Will Lamb
To transcribe handwritten texts of Scottish Gaelic traditional narrative for the purposes of training an automatic handwriting recogniser.
Main Responsibilities Approx. % of time
- Correct text regions automatically identified by the computer (3%)
- Manually transcribe Gaelic narrative texts into digital form (55%)
- Correct automatically-transcribed texts (30%)
- Contribute to project reports and on-line blogs (7%)
- Enter relevant metadata (e.g. title, data, name of informant) (5%)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
- Excellent literacy in Scottish Gaelic
- Rapid and accurate Gaelic typing ability (> 50 wpm)
- An undergraduate degree in Celtic Studies, Scottish Gaelic or a related field
- Very good oral and written skills in English
- Strong organisational, decision making, problem solving, time management and prioritisation skills
- Good IT skills and ability to learn how to use new systems quickly
- An ability to work with all levels of academic and professional colleagues
- Highly motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
- Able to resolve day-to-day issues and plan workload independently
- Willingness and ability to quickly complete skills training courses where necessary
- A high level of flexibility, adaptability and resilience
- Good knowledge of Scottish Gaelic dialectal variation
- Experience with text encoding and digitisation
- Knowledge of natural language programming (NLP) applications