Jobs at Goldsmiths

Jobs at Goldsmiths

Research Associate - Strategic Research Fund Project

Vacancy Type
Part Time
Part Time Hours
To be agreed at offer stage
35,861 - 38,846
Actual Hours
Contact Details
Dr. Tony Rusell-Rose,
Posted Date
Closing Date
Ref No


This role is part of a strategic research project in collaboration with the linguistics team from the Department of English and Creative Writing. The project aims to apply techniques from corpus linguistics and natural language processing (NLP) to capture and analyse the “public conversation” around the ongoing energy crisis. This issue has become the nexus for important social debates around pivotal issues like climate change, as well as the distribution of economic burdens, equality, risk and sustainability. A study of public debates around the energy crisis can help us understand the complex intersection of discourses around fossil fuels, climate change, sustainability and social justice.

This project is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together concepts and principles from corpus linguistics, natural language processing and discourse analysis. You will work with linguists and computer scientists at Goldsmiths to combine expertise in NLP techniques with expertise in qualitative discourse analysis. The research will primarily take the form of developing, implementing, and applying novel algorithms to online media content to answer key research questions. This will involve appropriate NLP techniques, such as entity recognition, semantic role labelling, topic modelling and sentiment analysis. We will also gather user feedback through engagement with external organisations.

We are seeking a candidate who is interested in developing new techniques in NLP and discourse analysis, is excited to work on exploring the public debate around climate change and energy, addressing important issues around equality and social justice, and has potential to thrive in a highly interdisciplinary research environment. You should have a strong background in software development, ideally in research environment or other area related to rapid prototyping and innovation. You will be working at the interface of many different creative, technological and academic disciplines, including corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and natural language processing. We are looking for candidates that have experience in at least one of these areas and an enthusiasm to engage with all of them. More broadly, you will contribute to the Department’s strengths in natural language processing and discourse analysis.


Main duties

  • Developing, implementing, and applying novel techniques to capture and analyse the “public conversation” around the ongoing energy crisis
  • Rapid prototyping in NLP technologies using an agile approach informed by stakeholder feedback
  • Ideation and exploration of new ideas and approaches to corpus linguistics and discourse analysis
  • Working closely with other researchers in gathering user and stakeholder feedback
  • Working closely with other researchers to evaluate prototypes and make recommendations for further research
  • Analysing data and presenting results to other researchers and stakeholders
  • Publishing the outcomes at international conferences and in scientific and scholarly journals



Goldsmiths, University of London is a world-leading centre of educational excellence where ground- breaking research meets innovative teaching and thinking. We are looking for inspiring and talented people to help build on our global reputation while also growing personally in a true learning organisation.

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