Research Assistant / Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher Polifonia Project, Data Science job with NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed-term position as a Research Assistant, Research Associate or Postdoctoral Researcher at the Data Science Institute at the National University of Ireland in Galway. The successful candidate will be hired at the level of Research Assistant, Research Associate or Postdoctoral Researcher depending on experience.

This position is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program through the Polifonia project, under grant agreement N. 101004746. The position is available from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023.

The Polifonia project is described on as Playing the soundtrack of our history: from the soundscape of historic Italian bells to the influence of French operas on traditional Dutch music, Europe’s cultural heritage hides a goldmine of unknown encounters, influences and practices that can transport us to experience the past, understand the music we love and imagine the soundtrack of our future. Polifonia will organize this journey using ten pilot use cases as drivers, addressing the preservation, management, study and interaction with musical heritage.

The project focuses on extracting knowledge from data sources such as historical music documents and digitized scores, organizing this knowledge using knowledge graphs and similar technologies, and enabling access and interaction both for musicologists and for the general public and special interest groups, via dashboards, portals, search engines and other means.

The project pursues open science, with code and results available, for example via Polifonia began in January 2021 and continues for a total of 40 months.

The existing NUI Galway Polifonia team consists of three researchers, who lead the Work Package 3 Mining Musical Patterns. We have focused on corpora of traditional Irish music available in abc format. We extracted from these corpora common and musically significant motifs, allowing us to discover new links between the pieces. We also used machine learning for root note prediction in the same corpora. In the next steps, we plan to extend to new corpora; organize these models into knowledge graphs; and make them available to the public through web dashboards. We also plan to work on extracting musical knowledge from textual sources.

Job description:

The successful candidate will join the existing team and work to advance our research goals in three main areas:

Organization of musical patterns in knowledge graphs

Present musical patterns in web dashboards

Extraction of musical knowledge from textual sources.


Attend regular meetings with the NUI Galway team and online meetings with Polifonia’s international partners;

Contribute to the conduct of meetings, for example by setting schedules, writing minutes;

Participating in emails and other online conversations;

Contribute to the identification of objectives and requirements to match Polifonia deliverables;

Read existing research articles;

Write code, including in Python, SPARQL, Javascript and other languages ​​and libraries to contribute to research objectives;

Document and test the code;

Contribute to written deliverables and research papers;

Engage in broader research and scholarly activities of the research group, including journal clubs, reviews;

Engage in training and professional development appropriate to the candidate’s level and background, such as research ethics training, technical training.

Functions at the level of research associate/postdoctoral researcher:

Attend and present research results at international conferences and network with peer researchers;

Depending on the level, engage in teaching or teaching assistant and student supervision activities;

Play a leadership role in research and offer advice to other team members;

Lead the development of software and the writing of deliverables and research papers;

Chair online meetings with international partners;

Contribute to the writing of grant applications in the research group.



MSc in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Computational Musicology or related field;

Strong programming skills;

Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies;

Completion of a substantial research project including a review of literature, experiments and results, and a thesis or paper describing it;

Strong scientific communication skills (oral and written);

Strong interpersonal skills;

Independent, autonomous, able to set and meet deadlines.


PhD or 4+ years of industry experience in computer science, artificial intelligence, semantic web, linked data, computational musicology or related field;

Experience / knowledge of web technologies;

Experience/knowledge of linked data (knowledge graphs, semantic web, RDF, OWL, SPARQL);

Experience/knowledge of natural language processing and/or machine learning;

Knowledge of basic Western music theory (keys, chords, time signatures, harmony);

Experience with GitHub or another version control system;

Experience with Markdown, Latex and/or similar systems.

Work permit restrictions apply for this job category (research assistant level only)


27,380–36,786 (research assistant level, depending on experience)

39,522 to 51,035 (research associate/postdoctoral researcher level, depending on experience)

Annual pro-rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector wage policy rules for new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position to be filled from September 1, 2022 for 12 months, with possibility of extension.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to take advantage of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and work at NUI Galway can be found at Research at NUI Galway

For more information on moving to Ireland, please see

Further information is available at

Informal inquiries regarding the position can be directed to Dr James McDermott, [email protected]

To apply:

Applications including a cover letter, CV and contact details for three references should be emailed (in Word or PDF format only) to Dr James McDermott, [email protected]

Please indicate the reference number NUIG RES 105-22 in the subject of the request by e-mail.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Optional: Interviews are scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2022.

We reserve the right to republish or extend the closing date of this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunity employer.

All positions are recruited in accordance with open, transparent, merit-based (OTM) and competency-based recruitment

EU funding framework: H2020

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