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Database Analyst (Part-time),Sign Language Research Lab - Georgetown University Medical Center
This is a part-time PhD-level research position in the Sign Language Research Lab (SLRL), Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery(CBPR) and the Department of Neurology. Research in the SLRL includes studies of American Sign Language acquisition, processing and history, and the evolution and structure of home sign languages, international pidgin sign language, and mature signed languages around the world. The goals of the SLRL are to better understand the forces that contribute to language change in signed languages and to identify the underlying mechanisms in the brain responsible for the human ability to learn and use language. We also contribute to the growing body of data available to researchers in this field by building an expandable database (the Historical Sign Language Database, or HSLDB) which includes extensive digital corpora of historical and modern sign language data from a variety of sign languages, as well as tools for additional data collection and linguistic analysis. This database contains a unique collection of historical ASL data and powerful comparative tools for use by researchers from disciplines such as linguistics, cognitive sciences, and social sciences.
The Database Analyst will provide technical computational and linguistic leadership and support for the Historical Sign Language Database (HSLDB) on Georgetown University servers, providing the design, written code, and troubleshooting expertise needed to implement, expand, and maintain the database on Georgetown University servers and coding and analyzing the linguistic data from the Database. Under supervision and direction of Dr. Ted Supalla, Director of the SLRL, the position holder is expected to:
Work with independence and high level technical and research abilities.
This research involves collaboration with other investigators at different sites in order to develop new technical capabilities and will thus require the position holder to handle associated logistical and administrative technicalities .
This project involves linguistic work on American Sign Language of the Deaf and requires someone with extensive knowledge of linguistics and full fluency in American Sign Language.
Design plans for further building the HSLDB and then expand and maintain the HSLDB. New access functions will be added to the platform so that users can view film at varying speeds of their choice; data will be coded and added from archival sources and from contemporary fieldwork; and links will be added from old to new material so that all historical forms of the same concepts can be accessed.
Provide linguistic coding of new materials and fieldwork data and will conduct day-to-day maintenance and updates of the programs that run the database and access to its materials.
The successful candidate must hold an advanced university degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, American Sign Language structure, or related fields.
Minimum 8 years' experience in database management, including design, implementation, programming, performance, maintenance, and long-term capacity, and also in theoretical linguistics.
Must be highly organized, reliable, and able to work independently. The candidate must also have excellent sign language communication skills.
Preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience:
using one or more of the following software packages: MYSQL, ELAN
coding American Sign Language data
fluency in other sign languages of the world
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