[Elsnet-list] [JOB] Posts in the UK National Centre for Text Mining

John McNaught J.McNaught at umist.ac.uk
Wed Sep 22 20:02:00 CEST 2004

University of Manchester

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM)

School of Informatics

JISC/BBSRC/EPSRC-funded positions:
Project Officer
Commercial Manager
Two Research Assistant / Research Associate Positions

NaCTeM's overall remit is to deliver large-scale text mining services to the
academic community, focussing initially on the biosciences.  NaCTeM will work
with academic and commercial partners to set up a wide range of related
services and to promulgate best practice, and will play a key role in driving
the associated national and international agendas in text mining.

We are looking for people interested in helping to build the long-term future
of NaCTeM, through effective establishment, maintenance and further development
of high-quality services and service support.  This is a chance to be in at the
beginning of a Centre that intends to evolve into a body of major national and
international importance.

The University of Manchester leads the Centre consortium, which includes the
University of Liverpool, and the University of Salford.  In addition, 4
international self-funded partners are contributing to the consortium's work:
the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Geneva; the San Diego
Supercomputing Centre; and the University of Tokyo.

The Project Officer will be expected to combine technical development skills
and communication, project management, leadership and organisational abilities.
The activities involve a significant project management component to ensure
the implementation of the service to be developed at the Centre.  The technical
activity will be similar to that of the RA posts, but at more senior level,
offering technical leadership, innovation and project management.

The Commercial Manager will be expected to combine commercial and business
acumen, with communication, leadership and organisational skills.  The
activities will involve the set-up and management of the commercial and
business development activity of the Centre to support the aims and objectives
of the Centre.  The Commercial Manager will be responsible for the external
presence and profile of the Centre in its related commercial and academic

The RA activities will involve a mix of infrastructure and tool development
for text mining; integration of third party tools and resources; user training
and support; and establishment of efficient, scalable text mining services in
a GRID environment.  Applicants should demonstrate flexibility and the ability
to work in a multi-disciplinary team, to meet service establishment deadlines.
Expertise in middleware, web-services, XML, and Java, preferably in a
distributed computing environment, is desirable.

Appointments are for 2 years in the first instance.

The Project Officer post is on the Research Fellow Grade II within the scale
GBP27,116 - GBP35,883 per annum; the Commercial Manager post is on the SAO
Grade III within the scale GBP30,363 -GBP35,883 per annum; the RA posts are
RAIA/RAIB depending on qualifications, skills, and experience within the
scale GBP19,460-GBP29,128 per annum.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor John Keane at
John.Keane at co.umist.ac.uk.

For an application form and further details for the Commercial Manager
reference COM/AR/154 please write to: The Personnel Office, UMIST, PO Box 88,
Manchester M60 1QD, enclosing a self-addressed envelope (website:

For the Project Officer, COM/CV/153 and the Research Assistant/Research
Associate, COM/CV/155 applications including a full CV and the names of two
referees, should be sent to Professor John Keane, School of Informatics, MSS
Building, UMIST, PO Box 88 Manchester, M60 1QD.

The closing date is Friday 8 October 2004.
An equal opportunity employer

John McNaught
Associate Director
National Centre for Text Mining        www.nactem.ac.uk

School of Informatics                  www.co.umist.ac.uk
PO Box 88
Sackville Street                       +
Manchester, UK                         +
M60 1QD                                J.McNaught at umist.ac.uk

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