Job Opportunity: Two Research Assistants + PostDoc Researcher


CILE Job Opportunities: A Funded Project on the Interplay of Artificial Intelligence and Islamic Studies in Arabic

The Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) is an academic center based in the College of Islamic StudiesHamad Bin Khalifa University, with an international orientation and an ambitious research agenda. One of CILE’s key instruments to achieve its Vision and Mission is producing original, high-quality, impactful, and interdisciplinary research in the emerging field of Islamic Ethics, including research engaging with fields like Arts, Economics, Education, Environment, Food, Gender, Media, Biomedical Sciences, Migration & Human Rights, Politics and Psychology. In this regard, CILE has established the peer-reviewed and Scopus-indexed Journal of Islamic Ethics and the book-series Studies in Islamic Ethics, both published by Brill.  

CILE (in collaboration with the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University and the University of Bradford) has won an Academic Research Grant (ARG), funded by the Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Council (QRDI), for a novel project titled “Transforming Islamic Studies in the Age of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI): Developing AI-Empowered “IslamGPT 1.0” for Arabic Sources.”  

This project aims to develop IslamGPT 1.0, an AI-empowered large language model (LLM) specifically designed for Arabic sources in Islamic Studies. IslamGPT 1.0 is a significant stride toward harnessing the transformative potential of AI-empowered conversation agents to serve Islamic Studies. This project will enhance accuracy and efficiency in addressing unresolved inquiries across the broad discipline of Islamic Studies. 

Open Positions:

  • Two Research Assistants: The two Research Assistants will support the project team and work on curating, classifying, annotating, labelling, and clustering the Arabic corpus that forms the heart of the LMM training datasets. The research assistants will work closely with Islamic studies and digital humanities experts to prepare, deliver, and revise the massive Arabic corpus that will be the foundation of the IslamGPT 1.0. For more information about the position, see here.

  • PostDoc Researcher: The prospective holder of this position will work in Doha on a full-time basis and undertake research in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing, and record the outcome of experiments, with a particular focus on processing and analyzing large Arabic datasets for the development of bespoke LLM technology. The successful candidate will take responsibility for delivering high-quality research and development of new research opportunities, extending the project to novel research areas. For more information about the position, see here.

Please note that review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview.

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