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The University of Amsterdam is looking for a versatile, highly motivated 
PhD candidate to work on search and exploration of political data as 
part of the Exploratory Political Search (ExPoSe) project funded by the 
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

* Job Description


Our parliamentary proceedings reflect our history from centuries ago up 
to today, in a common format that survived the test of time, and 
reflecting any event of significance (times of war and peace, of 
economic crisis and prosperity, etc).  With carefully curated 
proceedings becoming available in digital form in many countries, new 
research opportunities arise at an unprecedented longitudinal scale, and 
across different nations, cultures, and political representation systems.

The ExPoSe project focuses on search and exploration of the 
parliamentary proceedings and related linked data, with three 
interrelated sub-projects. The chosen candidate for this position will 
study exploratory search tools that support researchers and their 
emerging digital research methods, in collaboration with researchers in 
parliamentary history and digital humanities.  The two other 
sub-projects are: exploratory linked data (in collaboration with data 
journalists and media studies) and a living lab for exploratory 
political (re)search.  Details about the project are on 
<http://staff.science.uva.nl/~kamps/expose/>.

* Requirements


Applicants must have completed a research oriented master's degree in a 
relevant field by the appointment date, and must have strong and 
demonstrable skills in:
- information retrieval, in particular statistical language modeling and 
semantic search;
- exploratory search, information seeking behavior, interaction, and 
UI/UX design; and
- solid programming skills are a requirement.

Research experience, or a track record of project based work, and 
demonstrable interest in the domain of application are a clear plus.

* Application


Applications should include: i) a letter of motivation, ii) a detailed 
curriculum vitae,
iii) a research proposal (max 1 page), and iv) two letters of reference. 
  Please submit your application before October 1st, 2013 to 
<[log in to unmask]>.

Details are on 
<http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/working-at-the-uva/vacancies/item/13-275.html>.

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