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Humanities and Social Sciences Research
Technologists (2)


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research
Building (AHSSRB)














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Application Procedures







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Humanities and Social Sciences Research Technologist
s (2)


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building (AHSSRB)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two research technologists to become involved
at the beginning of an important interdisciplinary research initiative in Humanities and
Social Sciences. The National University of Ireland, Galway is seeking to fill
two

full
-
time, fixed term positions as Humanities and Social Sciences Research
Technologists

with
the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Building (AHSSRB)
.
These positions are funded by the Higher Education Authority, under the
Programme
for Research in Thi
rd
-
Level Institutions, cycle 5 (PRTLI5) and are available from 1
March 2013 to contract end
-
date of 31 December 2016.


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building

The AHSSRB

is an exciting new initiative, which provides an opportunity to develop
collaborative research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It builds on the
achievements of researchers in the
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic
Studies and the
Col
lege of Business
, Public Policy, & Law,
and on the reputation the
Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Study and the Whitaker
Institute for Innovation and Societal Change (formerly CISC) have both acquired as
major contributors to Irel
and’s international research profile.


The AHSSRB occupies a position at the centre of the NUIG campus, beside the
James Hardiman Library
. It will be fully operational in autumn 2013, housing
Humanities and
Social Sciences research postgraduates, Visiting Fellows,
Postdoctoral Fellows, staff from the Moore Institute and the Whitaker Institute, and
other funded research entities. It will also incorporate

the Humanities and Social
Sciences Digital Analytics Hub

as a high performance computing facility shared by
Humanities and Social Sciences for digital resource creation and training
.


In addition to its emphasis on transdisciplinary research between the Humanities and
Social Sciences, the AHSSRB has a mission t
o develop strong links to regional and
national creative arts communities and cultural institutions. It is home to the Library’s
important body of archives, providing enhanced access to these and to its Special
Collections. The Library is currently engaged

in digitization of a number of its
archives and in a long
-
term partnership with the Abbey Theatre involving digitization
of its complete archive.

Among other recent developments in Digital Humanities and
Social Sciences is the creation of the Measurement
Instrument Database for the
Social Sciences
(
MIDSS
).


The AHSSRB has been jointly financed by the HEA under PRTLI5
, and by NUIG,
through donations from the University Foundation. This research investment of over
16 mill
ion euros has been jointly supported by the Higher Education Authority under
the Programme for Research In Third Level Institutions Cycle 5, and by NUI, Galway,
through donations from the University Foundation
.
The AHSSRB proposal was
originally defined around six research projects:
Developing a Smart Economy;
Creative Industries and Creative Practices; Rights, Advocacy and Media; Life Cycle
Research Programme; Digital Cultures; Environment, Displacement and Cult
ural
Encounters.

For further information on research programmes in Arts, Humanities and
Social Sciences, see the following websites:
College of Arts, Socials Sciences and
Celtic Studies
;
Moore Institute
;
College of Business, Public Policy and Law
;
Whitaker
Institute
.

Job Description

The AHSSRB is seeking two Humanities and Social Sciences Research
Technologists, with complementary skill
-
sets, to cover a broad range of server
-
side
and client
-
side operations. They will have equal status and commensurate
responsibilities, and will work
as a team. In their own specialist areas they will each
be expected to provide technological support for staff and postgraduate research
projects, and to liaise with counterparts in other University divisions, such as the
Information Solutions and Services
, and the relevant sections of the James Hardiman
Library. They will also represent the AHSSRB’s research activities at national level.
They will advise on digital research strategies for the Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences, and will contribute to the

drafting of technical sections of research funding
proposals. They should have a broad understanding of current trends in Arts,
Humanities and Social Science research, have a high level of initiative and be able to
work well in multiple roles and on a var
iety of projects.



Post 1
-

007407

This post is intended for an experienced programmer, who will be able to provide
server
-
side and programming support to the AHSSRB researchers in developing
their projects, and to participate in training and mentoring re
searchers, including PhD
students, in their specialist area.


Qualifications

Candidates must have a higher level qualification in computational sciences (or
equivalent). They should have a proven interest in computing for research and
development purposes
, have excellent documentation and interpersonal skills, and
an ability to work effectively in a team. A familiarity with aspects of arts, humanities
and social science research is desirable
..

Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in
some or all of the
following areas:



a proven record of developing applications from conception through
implementation, including the architectural planning, design, coding, testing,
debugging, and documentation phases of a software development project



adva
nced programming skills (e.g. Java or C+)



high performance computing under Linux or Windows environments, including
high performance networking and systems design



the evaluation of existing tools



developing and integrating tools, plug
-
ins and scripts in an

open source
environment



Apache /Tomcat web server software.



relational databases and database management systems (MySQL,
SQLServer, Oracle) and scripting languages (PHP, Perl, Javascript, XML,
XSLT, XHTML, CSS).



systems administration



system backup hardwa
re and software



good knowledge of security principles and practices

The holder of this post will work under the general direction of the Academic Director
of the AHSSRB.

Post 2

-

007408

The holder of this post will be required to provide client
-
side
expertise to the
AHSSRB researchers in designing and

developing their projects, and to participate in
training and mentoring researchers, including PhD students, in their specialist area.


Qualifications

Candidates must have a higher level qualification w
ith a computational sciences
component (or equivalent). They should have a proven interest in computing for
research and development purposes, have excellent documentation and
interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in a team. They should h
ave an
understanding of some of the major trends in digital humanities and social sciences
(such as historical GIS, digital modeling, text encoding, data mining, semantic
networks, ‘big data’ analysis, etc.)

Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledg
e and skills
in some or all of the
following areas:



relational databases and database management systems (e.g. MySQL,
SQLServer, Oracle)



mark
-
up and scripting languages (PHP, Perl, Javascript, TEI, XML, XSLT,
XHTML, CSS)



proficiency in one or more of the
following: linked data, data
-
mining, spatial
analysis, statistical analysis, data modeling, or information visualization



Apache /Tomcat web server software



developing dynamic and interactive media



developing and integrating tools in an open source environm
ent.



integrating digital media into web applications and/or collaboration systems
(e.g., Blackboard, Sakai,) and/or content management systems

(e.g.
Wordpress, Drupal)



applying technological solutions to research requirements



Experience in website and digi
tal resource design



interest in visualization rendering and display

The holder of this post will work under the general direction of the Academic Director
of the AHSSRB.

Remuneration

The starting salary range for each of these positions is €
42, 911
gross
p.a.

Start date and duration

Positions are available from 1 March 2013 to

contract end
-
date of 31 December
2016.








Further informal enquiries concerning these positions may be made by contacting
Professor Jane Conroy:
jane.conroy@nuigalway.ie
; tel.:

+353
-
91
-
492260
.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm
Friday,
15
th

February 2013.
Please send completed applications by email to
recruit@nuigalway.ie


The National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunit
ies

employer.























APPLICATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES


1.

Application


It is
VITAL
that you ONLY U
SE THE POST REFERENCE
‘007407 and/or 007408

in the subject line of your application email. This will ensure that your
application reaches the correct mailbox.


A.

Applications should be made by sending the following information to
recruit@nuigalway.ie


Please submit as
one

MS Word Format
document:

The following documents
must be collated and submitted as one document (
NOT

three separate
attachments):


a.

A completed Application Form (see pages

9
-
15
)


a.

A cover letter
/personal statement

outlining why you wish to be
considered for the post and where you
believe your skills and
experience
meet the requirements for the post of ‘
Research Technologist’


b.

A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and
experience in your career to date in relation to the key areas as
described in the Job Advertis
e
ment and Job Description


The completed application document must be forwa
rded by email as one
attachment

to reach the Human Resources Office no later than
midn
ight (GMT)
on

Friday, 15
th

February 2013

Please note that an application will
ONLY

be
considered if documents a to c above are fully completed and received by
the closing date.


B.

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement
of application
within 5 worki
ng
days.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application
within this timeframe or if you have any other queries regarding the application
process please contact
recruit@nuigalway.ie

or tel
ephone 091
-
492151.



C.

Pension Entitlements:

This is a pensionable position. Details of the applicable Pension Scheme will be
provided to the successful candidate.
The Pension element of this appointment is
subject to the terms and conditions of the Pension scheme currently in force
within the University. This Scheme may be amended or revised by the Irish
Government or its agents at any time.


The Public Service Sup
erannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 set a
minimum retirement age of 65 and removed the upper compulsory retirement
age for certain New Entrants to the Public Sector on or after 1 April 2004. In the
December 2009 Budget, the Government indicated

its intention to (i) increase
the minimum retirement age for all new Public Servants to equal the qualifying
age for the Irish State Pension that is anticipated to be 67 for the foreseeable
future; and (ii) to again introduce an upper compulsory retiremen
t age of 70
initially. Legislation is pending and this appointment will be subject at all times
to the provisions of such legislation.


2.

Assessment Procedure


(a)

Board of Assessors


Applications will be considered by a Board of Assessors, which will
sho
rtlist and interview candidates
.


(b)
Interview Dates



Candidates will be advised of arrangements in due course.



(c
)



The Human Resources
O
ffice will o
ffer the post to the
candidate
appointed
once the appointment has been
made

by the relevant
University Appointing Authority
.

The successful candidate will be
required to submit evidence of age, original qualifications and undergo a
medical examination.


All candidates will in due course be notified of the outcome of their application
.









APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

ACADEMIC SUPPORT POSITIONS



Application Forms may be typed or should be written in black ink

POSITION DETAILS

Post Title

Research Technologist

Reference No.

Post 1


007407


Post 2

-

007408

Please indicate by ticking box
which post(s) you are
applying for



PERSONAL DETAILS
(use BLOCK LETTERS or TYPE)

Surname


Fore Names

Address for Correspondence:





Home Address (If different
from previous)

Contact Details:

Home Telephone No:

Work Telephone
No:

Mobile No: Email Address:


Citizenship: Are you an Irish / EEA Citizen? Yes / No

If you are not an Irish / EEA Citizen, do you have a current work permit for the
Republic

of Ireland
? Yes / No


Are

you currently employed by NUIG
? No / Yes Employee Number
(if known) :



EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION

A. University or

Other Third Level Institution

Qualification Obtained

Academic Institution

Dates From

To

Results



























B. Second Level / Post Primary

Name of School / College

Dates

From

To

Certificate or
Diploma Obtained

Final
Examination
Subjects and
Results
































C
.
Other Qualifications: Include Memberships/Fellowships/Relevant
Training Programme




Candidates will be required to produce evidence of qualifications on
appointment





EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
(please list positions held, starting with the most
recent first)


Name and Address of
Employer and Nature
of Business

Position Held


Job Title
and Nature of Duties

Dates
From
&

To

Reason for
Leaving































Current Salary,
Benefits,
Allowances and Pension
Arrangements


Salary Scale:


Pension Contribution:

Current Salary:


Other Benefits:

Additional Allowances:


Notice Required:


Please indicate your reasons for seeking this post



















Please outline how you

meet the Criteria outlined in the Job Description
for this post













Any other information that may help in assessing your application.

Leisure time interests may be included here.














REFEREE INFORMATION (Please include details of
your current / most
recent employer in addition to two other referees. Any offer of employment
will be made subject to the receipt of satisfactory references.

Name

Full Postal Address

Relationship to
you

Contact details








Phone:

Fax:

Email:








Phone:

Fax:

Email:








Phone:

Fax:

Email:

Do you require notification before your referees are contacted?

Yes / No






APPLICANT DECLARATION


All information provided in this application is, to the best of my knowledge true and
correct. I understand that should any of the particulars furnished in this application be
found to be false or inaccurate in a material particular, will disqualify my app
lication or
may result in dismissal if employed by the University. I also fully recognise that
canvassing will disqualify my application.


PRINT NAME : SIGNATURE :


DATE :





For confirmation of receipt of applicati
on, please see details on page 7