[Lingtyp] PostDoc opportunity curation language documentation data

Sebastian Nordhoff sebastian.nordhoff at glottotopia.de
Thu May 28 07:54:55 UTC 2020

posted on behalf of Frank Seifart

Job Rank: Post Doc; 100%

Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Typology; Text/Corpus 
Linguistics; Language archiving

The Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) invites 
applications for one PostDocs position. The deadline for applications is 
July 1, 2020.

The position is part of the collaborative project “QUEST: Quality – 
Established. Testing and applying curation criteria and quality 
standards for audiovisual, annotated linguistic data". (see 
https://cutt.ly/quest). The QUEST project develops – in consultation 
with the research community - quality standards and curation criteria 
for annotated, audiovisual linguistic data and develops and tests 
quality control procedures for the creation and curation of such 
resources. QUEST focuses on digital research data collected through 
language documentation and through research on multilingualism, but aims 
to develop more widely applicable standards. QUEST will improve existing 
data sets and future data collection procedures in terms of 
reproducibility of research results and long-term accessibility and 
reusability, also for wider scientific and non-scientific uses.

QUEST is carried out by a consortium of four German research 
institutions, in collaboration with international partners. The 
applicant will contribute to the subproject “AP 2.1 Kurationskriterien 
für sprachtypologische Sekundärnutzung” carried out at the Leibniz-ZAS 
Berlin. Responsibilities include the development of criteria for the 
curation of language documentation data for cross-linguistic research, 
in particular annotated texts stemming from fieldwork on small, often 
endangered languages, typically in ELAN format. The aim of this 
subproject is to develop and establish a label for annotated spoken 
corpora that certifies their usability for cross-linguistic corpus 
research, allowing for the application of quantitative methods. Another 
aim of the project at the Leibniz-ZAS Berlin in Berlin is to develop and 
carry out exemplary cross-linguistic studies using QUEST data in 
collaboration with project partners. The successful candidate will take 
over from the current state of the project, in which documentations of 
individual corpora are being prepared.

Within ZAS, the applicant will collaborate with the DoReCo project 
(http://www.leibniz-zas.de/doreco.html). Within the QUEST consortium, 
the applicant will collaborate with the QUEST project partner projects 
in Hamburg, Cologne, and Mannheim (see https://cutt.ly/quest).

We are looking for a person with experience in language documentation, 
corpus building, language archiving, and in language typology and 
linguistic theory. A working knowledge of German is a plus.

The PostDoc position commences on October 1, 2020, with a fixed term 
until April 30, 2022. Please apply via Email until July, 1, 2020, with 
one single pdf file, subject “QUEST application”, to both Frank Seifart 
(seifart at leibniz-zas.de) and Manfred Krifka (krifka at leibniz-zas.de).

Your application should contain:
- A cover letter that states in particular the nature of your interest 
in the project and your expertise that you would contribute
- Your CV with a list of your publications,
- The names and e-mail addresses of two persons that would provide a 
reference if so asked.

ZAS is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2020 (Open until filled)

Email Address for applications: seifart at leibniz-zas.de, 
krifka at leibniz-zas.de
Contact Information:
Frank Seifart
Email: seifart at leibniz-zas.de
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