LINGUIST List 10.733

Thu May 13 1999

Jobs: Research/European Media Lab, Spanish/Belgium

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  1. [** iso-8859-1 charset **] J\246rg, R\252diger, Researchers/European Media Lab
  2. Miguel Duran, Spanish Language Specialist

Message 1: Researchers/European Media Lab

Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 12:00:24 +0200
From: [** iso-8859-1 charset **] J\246rg, R\252diger <>
Subject: Researchers/European Media Lab

Think beyond the limits

Research Positions at the European Media Laboratory

The Human Language Technology and the Personal Memory group at the European
Media Laboratory in Heidelberg are seeking several researchers to work in
the areas of information retrieval, information extraction, domain
ontology building, and human computer interfaces. 

1. A researcher with experience in terminological ontology building,
knowledge representation languages, reasoning, lexical / knowledge
acquisition from corpora. The appointee will work in close collaboration
with the team of Bio-Informatics (molecular biology) of EML and the
Department of Information Science of Tokyo University. We require someone
who has a PhD in NLP or in CS with a demonstrated ability to do independent
Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate practical
abilities in the building of domain ontologies and who have a strong NLP

2. A researcher to work on natural language interfaces with excellent
knowledge in object-oriented software development (e.g., Java) and XML. The
appointee should have experience in GUI programming.
Experience in dialog modeling and discourse structure would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and implementing
an interactive interface for information retrieval, database integration and
ontological integration. The candidate will join an interdisciplinary team
of computational linguists, computer scientists and domain experts who will
use the designed interface for practical purposes. 

3. A researcher with strong interests in the area of NLP and in particular
in statistical NLP. The candidate should have excellent programming skills. 
The candidate should be familiar with the theory and implementation of
finite-state automata, finite-state transducers and robust parsing
The candidate is expected to work on areas such as semantic information
retrieval, document classification, and clustering.

4. A Computer Scientist with strong background in one or more of the
following areas: adaptive user interfaces, dialog management for
human-computer interaction, context and situation modeling. We expect the
candidates to have significant experience in object-oriented software
development (e.g., Java), machine learning, and databases. Successful
candidates should have a PhD or professional experience the field.
Successful candidates will join a multi-disciplinary group and will
participate in projects that aim at building user-oriented computer systems
such as mobile tourism information systems. These projects are embedded into
a network of collaborations with national and international research
partners from industry and academia. 

We offer competitive salaries, depending on professional experience and
scientific achievements. The positions are available for 3 years, with the
possibility of renewing the appointment depending on performance, and
availability of funding. 

EML is a newly established private research laboratory that primarily does
contract research for the Klaus Tschira Foundation. It engages in research
in the manifold uses of information technology, it's primary interest being
the development of new ways to increase the usefulness of such technology
for the individual and for society. Scientists from many different
disciplines and countries work together at the EML, in particular, there is
a regular exchange between the EML and national and international
institutions. You will experience a challenging and stimulating
international work environment here. In addition, the EML is located in one
of the most beautiful old mansions of Heidelberg.

Should you be interested in working with us please send your application
including full CV and relevant material attesting your qualifications by
11th of June 1999 to our secretary, c/o B\228rbel Mack, Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg
33, D-69118 Heidelberg, . 

For further information, please contact our web-site

> Ruediger Joerg
> European Media Laboratory GmbH
> Villa Bosch
> Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33
> D-69118 Heidelberg
> Tel. +49 6221/533-202
> Fax: +49 6221/533-298
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Message 2: Spanish Language Specialist

Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 12:23:04 +0200
From: Miguel Duran <>
Subject: Spanish Language Specialist

Lernout & Hauspie is an international company based in Flanders, Belgium,
developing various speech technologies since 1987. Lernout & Hauspie develops
language and speech technology, in several languages and for a wide variety of
hardware platforms. Lernout & Hauspie has over 1700 employees worldwide. Lernout
 & Hauspie went public on NASDAQ in December 1995, and established joint
ventures in Japan, China and Egypt to extend its international presence and to
expand its product line.

For the development of Spanish language and speech technology, Lernout & Hauspie
 is currently looking for a

Spanish Language Specialist
 for the Corporate R&D Division
located in Ieper (Belgium)

This person will work on the development of speech synthesis systems. He/she
will work in a language development group and report to the group or project

* university degree in philology or linguistics, or equivalent
* (near-)native Spanish
* knowledge of phonetics
* interest in other languages and their linguistic aspects
* at least a basic experience with and interest in computers
* good knowledge of and/or experience in one or more of the following areas are
considered an asset:
- near-native command of English
- speech processing, esp. text-to-speech synthesis
- computer linguistics
- natural language processing (NLP)
- spoken dialog systems
- computer technology
- standard software packages
- programming
- other languages than the target language
* ability to work in a team and independently
* perseverance, accuracy and thoroughness
* good social and communicative abilities
* willingness to travel abroad for limited periods of time

If you are interested in this job opportunity and you believe to fulfil the
required profile, we have to meet each other. Please send your hardcopy
application and detailed resume to:

 Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products
 Personnel Department
 attn. Ms. Ann De Somere
 Flanders Language Valley, 50
 B-8900 Ieper

To learn more about Lernout & Hauspie and its products, visit our homepage . You may also want to send an e-mail to
<> to obtain a list of all current job openings at

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