26.1812, Jobs: Arabic; General Linguistics: Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland

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Subject: 26.1812, Jobs: Arabic; General Linguistics: Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland

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Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:11:13
From: Holly Walker [jobs at casl.umd.edu]
Subject: Arabic; General Linguistics: Faculty Research Assistant, University of Maryland

University or Organization: University of Maryland 
Department: Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Job Location: Maryland, USA 
Web Address: http://www.casl.umd.edu
Job Title: Faculty Research Assistant - Arabic
Job Rank: Faculty Research Assistant; Researcher

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics 

Required Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)


The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is
seeking a faculty research assistant (FRA) to join in linguistic research in
Arabic. The FRA’s initial assignment will be to provide research and
administrative support to projects with an Arabic language focus and/or

Duties: The FRA will support the compilation and translation of a corpus of
selected Arabic hadith accounts. The employee will translate selected hadith
reports into natural, idiomatic English. He/she will also assist with the
compilation of a corpus of hadith reports and may assist with the selection
and translation of examples of hadith quotations from online sources. If
qualified, the employee will also assist in analysis of texts in other
languages that also contain Arabic. The FRA will also assist with the
analysis, annotation, and translation of Arabic content from the Internet,
primarily on social media data, and primarily on political and technical
subjects. The FRA may also be tasked to assist team members in identifying
relevant political or sociocultural aspects of the data, and to contribute to
political and sociocultural analysis. Administrative support for projects may
be required.

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers
in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that
results in improved performance on language tasks relevant to the work of
government language professionals. Our research focuses on improving knowledge
of less commonly taught languages, enhancing the acquisition and maintenance
of foreign language capability by government professionals, advancing the
capacity to use foreign language skills in government professions, and
improving the quality of human language technology. For more information,
please visit http://www.casl.umd.edu.

Compensation for this position is competitive commensurate with experience and
education, plus fantastic benefits (e.g., healthcare, excellent retirement
plans, 22 days for annual leave, 3 personal days, and 14 scheduled holiday
leave days per University schedule).

Qualifications: Bachelor’s required. Master’s degree preferred. High level
proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), including familiarity with
Classical Arabic and Islamic religious texts, and in at least one Arabic
dialect. Must have experience with Arabic to English translation, in either
professional or academic contexts. Experience with Arabic social media and
written Arabic dialects is essential. Formal academic training in Islamic
Studies is highly desirable.

Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate
security clearance.

For best consideration please apply online by April 12, 2015. You will need to
submit a cover letter, resume, list of references containing the contact
information for three professional referees, and up to three writing samples.

Application Deadline: 12-Apr-2015 (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications: http://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/32603 
Contact Information:
	Holly Walker 
	Email: jobs at casl.umd.edu 

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