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Research Assistant-Linguistics

Swansea University - College of Arts and Humanities

Location: Swansea
Salary: £30,046 to £33,797 (pro rata if part time) per annum together with USS pension benefits
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th February 2021
Closes: 21st March 2021
Job Ref: AC04380

Hours of work: 24.5 hours per week

Contract: This is a fixed term position until 30 April 2022

Location: This position will be based at the Singleton Campus

Main Purpose of the Post

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fixed term, part-time research assistant position in Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies within the UNICEF-funded project DRAGON-S (Developing Resistance Against Grooming Online – Spot and Shield) – see Background section below. The post-holder will work closely with the Project PI, Professor Lorenzo-Dus, and will be part of a wider dynamic team, including three other researchers, a project officer and a project risk officer.

The ideal candidate for this position is someone with substantial research experience at PhD level (pending completion will be considered too) or beyond. The successful candidate will join the DRAGON-S team for the duration of the contract, taking part in weekly meetings, and in seminars and conferences at the team’s discretion. They will have the opportunity to carry out individual research, network with project stakeholders and end user groups in Wales and internationally and, depending on their career stage, to benefit from mentoring and collaborative research work.

The DRAGON-S project is funded by the UNICEF End to Violence programme -

Based in Swansea University (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), and in partnership with Toulon University, DRAGON-S will develop AI/Linguistics tools that enable law enforcement to spot online grooming content in real-time. The project will also develop a learning portal and chatbot to strengthen child safeguarding professionals’ abilities to shield children from online grooming.

Project DRAGON-S welcomes applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the University, including, but not limited to, women and ethnic minorities. Swansea University holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Essential criteria:

  1. A PhD in Linguistics (pending assumed completion can be considered)
  2. Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  3. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project, specifically in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of textual materials from cyber-crime contexts.
  4. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project.
  5. Evidence of experience in conducting research using Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies methodologies, and the use of specialist Corpus Linguistics software (e.g. CQPWeb).
  6. A commitment to continuous professional development
  7. Excellent communication skills including written and oral English.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience of linguistic analysis of online child sexual abuse and exploitation digital content.
  2. Experience of professional liaison and networking with stakeholders (third sector, law enforcement, government) in relation to research matters.

Informal enquiries contact details and further information

Informal enquiries: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus

Shortlisting Date: TBC

Interview Date: TBC

A satisfactory DBS certificate must be provided before a start date can be confirmed

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