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Computational Linguistics Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Living with Machines Project

The Alan Turing Institute

Location: London
Salary: Competitive (negotiable dependent on skills & experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th August 2018
Closes: 14th September 2018

3 Year Fixed Term Contract

The Alan Turing Institute

Launched in November 2015, the Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. Our mission is to make great leaps in research to change the world for the better.

The Institute is headquartered at The British Library, and brings together researchers from a range of disciplines – mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering and social sciences, – from thirteen leading universities and industry partners.

The Role

As a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (RA) on the Living with Machines Project you will work closely with the project PI (Dr Ruth Ahnert), Co-I Dr McGillivray and the wider inter-disciplinary team based at the Turing Institute and the British Library in the linguistic processing and modelling of the project’s ambitious digitized source base. You will have the opportunity to play an active part in all aspects of research from linguistic processing, through modelling to writing up and publication.

Duties & Responsibilities

You will help oversee the processing of historical text sources and work closely with the project’s data scientists to ensure high quality of the processed digital datasets. You will take lead responsibility for a substantive strand of linguistic enquiry using computational methods. You will build natural language processing models to analyse conceptual change in the historical textual datasets of the project, and will develop algorithms for diachronic semantic analysis of the texts. You will play a collaborative role in building the code base and writing joint conference papers and publications arising from the project.


  • A PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, or similar

Skills and experience


  • Experience with computational processing of historical texts
  • Experience with diachronic linguistic analyses using computational methods
  • Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary projects
  • Ability to lead one’s own work, including planning and execution, and to prioritise work to meet conference and other deadlines
  • Excellent written, verbal and graphical communication skills including the ability to present complex or technical information in an understandable form


  • Experience with Digital Humanities projects
  • Knowledge of historical/diachronic linguistics theory and methods
  • Evidence of high quality publication(s) in a relevant field (published or in-press) commensurate with your career stage
  • Experience of research collaboration including co-writing papers and articles

How to Apply

If you consider that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification and would like to apply for the role, please email your CV and cover letter to  

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role further with a member of the Institute’s HR Team, please email or call 0203 862 3375.

Closing date for applications 14th September 2018.

Interview date: 28th September 2018

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