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The ZWE CERES is looking for a 

research associate (m,f,d), full-time, till 31.12.2024 (TVLE13)

CERES is a Central Research Unit of the Ruhr-Universität. It currently brings together six professors and over 30 researchers, which makes it one of the largest centers for the comparative study of religion in Europe. The center hosts a double degree BA program as well as single and a double degree MA-programs for Religious Studies. The programs combine a focus on the material history of religions with theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of religions and are in constant dialogue with our research projects. The long-term project MPCD will create an online and open-access corpus of Zoroastrian Middle Persian texts. The resulting corpus (ca. 54 texts, 687,000 tokens) will be by far the largest of its kind. At MPCD, we will make this corpus accessible in transliteration, transcription, and via manuscript photographs of the 15 oldest codices. The project will provide orthographical, lexical, morphological, syntactical, and semantical annotations for these texts. Furthermore, It will create a digital Middle Persian-English dictionary with about 7000 lemmata. We aim at a semi-automatic lexical and morpho-syntactical annotation based on the Universal Dependencies (UD) standard. The announced job position is related to this specific task. The digital corpus and the ensuing digital dictionary constitute two interlinked analytical instruments. They focus on two closely connected but separate aspects of the texts, syntax and semantics. A web-based working environment enabling the collaborative processing of both corpus and dictionary will serve as a user interface for search and analysis of the prepared resources. Moreover, the project aims to make the corpus of Pahlavi literature accessible for the methods developed in corpus linguistics and digital humanities. The project is funded by the German Research Council for a period of three years. The project and the advertised position are embedded within CERES, a Central Research Unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.10.2022
application dateline: 15.06.2022

Your tasks of the Research Associate include:

  • Developing a semi-automatic process of lexical, morphological and syntactical annotation based on the UD standard
  • Coordination with the team at the Cologne University regarding the implementation of the software and data repository

Your profile:

  • The requirements are:
    - Excellent knowledge of corpus linguistics, data structures and encoding standards
    - Experience with algorithms for dependency parsing / morpho-syntactical annotation
    - Good command of English or German
  • In addition, the following qualifications are desirable:
    - Experience in digital humanities
    - Experience with low-resourced languages
    - Philological experience - Knowledge of Middle Persian

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Qualified familiarisation
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • a friendly and collegial environment

Additional information:

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Neda Darabian, Phone: +49234 32 21919

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 410 until 15.06.2022, send by e-mail to the following address: neda.darabian@rub.de

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