Netherlands: Research Programmer in Search and Exploration of Political Data at University of Amsterdam

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Job description

The University of Amsterdam is looking for a versatile, highly motivated research programmer 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 searching and exploring parliamentary proceedings and related linked data, with three interrelated sub-projects.  The chosen candidate for this position will develop a living lab for exploratory political (re)search, in close collaboration with the two other ExPoSe sub-projects: exploratory linked data (in collaboration with data journalists and media studies) and digital research methods (in collaboration with researchers in parliamentary history and digital humanities).

Requirements

Applicants must have completed an academic degree in a relevant field by the appointment date, and must have strong and demonstrable experience in:

  • developing online services using web servers and modern web technology;
  • databases and online access to data intensive tools;
  • 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.

Conditions of employment

The chosen candidate will be appointed half-time – 19 hours per week –  in the function of ‘research staff member’ (onderzoeksmedewerker) at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Initially for a period of one year ; after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for another four years. Instead of an appointment, a secondment contract for a duration for a maximum of five years for 19 hours per week is a possibility. The gross monthly salary (on a full-time basis) will range, depending on expertise and previous experience between €2,427 to €3,831.

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