The Language Technologies group (LT group) of the Institute for Applied Linguistics is looking for a researcher with expertise in Language Research Infrastructures and Digital Humanities (DH). The researcher will become the key figure for developing the Infrastructure/DH focus of the LT group with a mid to long term perspective. This includes to pursue and extend related research projects at the Institute, to convoke regular meetings with other team members in order to discuss ongoing research and development work and related initiatives, and to move forward scientific publications, to develop ideas for new projects and to monitor and pursue relevant funding opportunities for DH-related research projects.

Currently, the major project work will be related to the newly-funded Zeit.shift project[1] in collaboration with two libraries. The researcher will lead Eurac’s research and development work related to the project, which is starting in October 2020 and will run for two years. The project aims at the digitization of historical text collections (in German) and their upvaluing by means of community-driven and automatized text processing for various cultural and educational uses of the texts and is conducted in cooperation with the Tessmann library in Bolzano (the project lead) and University library of Innsbruck. The project also requires to actively pursue collaborations and information exchange with local language partners. In addition, the new LT group member is expected to continue the networking with partners in larger European infrastructure initiatives, in particular in connection with CLARIN (https://www.clarin.eu/ and http://www.clarin-it.it), and to contribute to ongoing resource curation tasks of the Institute.

Overall, we are looking for a cooperative and proactive team member with an interdisciplinary and applied research profile. The ideal candidate would be situated within a linguistics/humanities context and equipped with a decisive technology/infrastructure awareness and related expertise.


* Coordination of the Zeit.shift project part of Eurac, following research and development tasks and managing the project cooperation and information exchange with project partners
* Technical consulting and requirements specification for web portals, for text searches, and citizen science interaction (i.e. required data formats, portability/reusability/adaptability, etc.)
* Literature review and research about existing citizen science approaches and projects
* Workflow documentation for technical pipelines and manual annotation of historical text documents used for cultural and educational purposes
* Coordination of communication campaigns for citizen science and OER (open educational resources) creation for high school students on historical text material; scientific publications on the developed procedures and experiences
* Networking with national and international CLARIN members and following new developments, e.g. participate in the annual CLARIN conference and other relevant events.
* Overseeing the curation and management of newly created resources and technologies compliant with CLARIN standards and following their integration into the institute’s infrastructure (devise guidelines and provide support); publication of resource papers at relevant scientific venues
* Participation in institutes general research activities and in activities of the language technology group including scientific publications, funding acquisition, dissemination activities, etc.


Institute for Applied Linguistics at Eurac Research


* Master’s in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Applied Linguistics or a related field; several years of research experience and/or a completed PhD are desirable
* Expertise in research data management (data formats, markup-languages, methods for interoperability and reusability, FAIR principles, metadata standards, licensing, etc.)
* Expertise in text modelling, i.e. with different data formats (e.g. TEI, XML, esp. METS/ALTO, CMDI, etc.)
* Expertise or willingness to acquire expertise with Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing procedures and dedicated tools
* Familiarity with digitization workflows (OCR processing and post-correction)
* Familiarity with and interest in European infrastructure initiatives (i.e. CLARIN, DARIAH, META-NET etc.).
* Basic scripting and coding skills
* Understanding of NLP tasks and techniques and experience with issues in standardization, licensing, open-access strategies and GDPR is desired
* Experience with project management or project participation and related planning capacity
* Outstanding social, organisational & communicative skills, including careful scheduling and excellent management of tasks.

Language requirements:

* Excellent command of English is required; working knowledge of German and/or Italian is expected (or the willingness to learn and become proficient in German and/or Italian).

Educational level:

Master Degree

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