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Thu Jan 18 2001

Jobs: Comp Ling/Web Based Tutoring Systems Positions

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Message 1: [Jobs] Computational Linguistics / Web Based Tutoring Systems

Date: 15 Jan 2001 15:37:03 +0100
From: Fabio Rinaldi <rinaldiifi.unizh.ch>
Subject: [Jobs] Computational Linguistics / Web Based Tutoring Systems





TWO POSITIONS in COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS 
(OPEN IMMEDIATELY)

and 

ONE POSITION in WEB BASED TUTORING SYSTEMS 
(OPEN IMMEDIATELY)


The Department of Information Technology at the University of Zurich in
Switzerland is soliciting applications for two positions in Computational
Linguistics and one position in Web based tutoring systems, in two different
projects, at the level of 

RESEARCH SCIENTIST



1. COMPUTATIONAL LINGUIST (WebExtrAns Project)

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates for this position must have a
Diploma/Masters degree in Computational Linguistics, or in a related area
(computer science, linguistics) with a minor in Computational Linguistics,
in-depth programming skills in Prolog, a good command of English, and
acquaintance with grammar formalisms. Knowledge of script programming
languages (e.g. Perl), markup-languages (SGML/XML), and methods for
automated terminology extraction would be an additional asset. A working
knowledge of German is desired. 

DUTIES: Development of an Answer Extraction system for the Aircraft
Maintenance Manual of the Airbus 320, based on an existing Answer
Extraction system. See http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/CL/CLpublications.html for
more information on Answer Extraction, and
http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/CL/webextrans for a demo. 

DURATION: One year, to be extended, open immediately. 

EMPLOYMENT: This is a full-time position but a part-time solution could
be negotiated, now or later, if the applicant wants to work towards a PhD. 

FUTURE PROJECTS: Future projects of potential interest to applicants
include automatic processing of customer e-mail messages in the banking
sector and linguistically based search systems for the on-line versions of
newspapers. 



2. COMPUTATIONAL LINGUIST (Web-CL-Tutor Project)

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates for this position must have a
Diploma/Masters degree in Computational Linguistics, or in a related area
(computer science, linguistics) with a minor in Computational Linguistics,
in-depth knowledge of Computational Linguistics, knowledge of Web based
training and tutoring methods, and a keen interest in didactic questions.
Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. Java) and of markup-languages
(SGML/XML) would be an additional asset. Very good knowledge of German is
mandatory. 

DUTIES: Development of the contents of a Web based two-semester course in
Computational Linguistics, in German. An existing interactive text should be
re-structured according to the principles of Problem Based Learning, and
appropriate demos, exercises and (on-line) tests should be designed and
integrated with the text. 

DURATION: Two years, to be extended, open January 2001. 

EMPLOYMENT: This is a full-time position but a part-time solution could
be negotiated, now or later, if the applicant wants to work towards a PhD. 



3. COMPUTER SCIENTIST (Web-CL-Tutor Project)

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates for this position must have a
Diploma/Masters degree in Computer Science, or in a related area
(computational linguistics, linguistics) with a minor in computer science,
in-depth knowledge of Web programming (Java, Perl) and of
markup-languages (SGML/XML/HTML), knowledge of PDF/Acrobat, and
experience in running mid-size SW development projects. Knowledge of Web
based training and tutoring methods, of other programming languages (e.g.
Prolog), and interest in didactic questions would be additional assets. Some
knowledge of German is desirable. 

DUTIES: Implementation of a Web based two-semester course in
Computational Linguistics. An existing interactive text, interactive demos,
exercises and on-line tests must be integrated within a Web based class
management system. The sources will be written in, or converted into, a
(non-proprietary) XML-based format, from which the (proprietary) format of
the specific class management system will be generated. 

DURATION: Two years, to be extended, open January 2001. 

EMPLOYMENT: This is a full-time position but a part-time solution could
be negotiated, now or later, if the applicant wants to work towards a PhD. 

FUTURE PROJECTS: Future projects of potential interest to applicants
include automatic processing of customer e-mail messages in the banking
sector and linguistically based search systems for the on-line versions of
newspapers. 



SALARY: For all positions, approx. 60,000 Swiss Francs p.a. (depending on
qualifications). 



SITE: The Department of Information Technology has 8 full-time faculty and
approx. 80 staff, from a variety of nations. Detailed information on the
Department of Information Technology can be found at
http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/. The University of Zurich is the largest University 
in Switzerland, with approximately 20,000 full-time students (see
http://www.unizh.ch/). Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, with a rich
cultural and scientific life. It is also one of the main touristic attractions 
in Switzerland (http://www.zurichtourism.ch/index_e.html). 

APPLICATIONS: Qualified applicants should send (by e-mail or in hard
copy) a detailed curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of their research
interests, a list of publications, and the names of three references with
mail/email addresses and telephone/fax numbers to: 

Professor Michael Hess
University of Zurich
Department of Computer Science
Computational Linguistics Group
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Switzerland
Email: hessifi.unizh.ch
Tel.: +41 1 635 43 77
Fax: +41 1 635 68 09

from where further information can be obtained. 

DEADLINE: Applicants will be considered on a continuing basis, beginning
immediately, until the positions are filled
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