PostDoc PeaceTech

Edinburgh PeaceTech Initiative

‘Edinburgh Peacetech’ is a new initiative being developed at the University of Edinburgh in conjunction with other NGOs and tech companies.  It seeks to develop tools for conflict analysis and inclusive peacebuilding. The overarching vision is to build a collaborative peacetech hub at the University of Edinburgh, to harness the energies of interdisciplinary research, peacebuilding practitioners, and technology providers, which would produce a radical improvement in how peace processes are designed and managed to effectively end violent conflict.

This Fellowship provides an opportunity to help us shape a research agenda and new forms of academic-NGO-business collaborations, for how data collection, analysis and visualisation, and visual storytelling can support conflict interpretation and peace processes. The fellowship will investigate how data analytics, data visualization, distributed applications and platforms for engagement and participation can help us monitor and understand conflict and peace processes worldwide. This can include text mining and analysis, aggregating data from different sources, dealing with incomplete and uncertain data, developing faithful visual representations of geographic multivariate and potentially temporal data, in innovative and interactive forms.

The successful candidate will need to have strong programming and design skills, and experience in several of the following: natural language processing, semantic web technologies, web development and databases, visualization design (D3, mapbox, etc.). Some understanding of development and peacebuilding issues would also be an advantage.

Interested candidates should contact Professor Christine Bell (Christine.bell@ed.ac.uk) or Dr Benjamin Bach (bbach@inf.ed.ac.uk) for an informal discussion before applying.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must meet eligibility criteria as listed here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs/train-ed/train-ed-application-process

Annual salary: £33,199 – £39,609. In addition, you will receive payments into a pension scheme and other benefits of employment. Each year, you will be able to use funds up to £2500 to support attendance at conferences and meetings and £6000 to support other research costs. As a special exemption, we have made our relocation support available for TRAIN@Ed fellows

Application deadline is May 14.

Further info at https://www.ed.ac.uk/human-resources/jobs/train-ed

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