LINGUIST List 12.715

Thu Mar 15 2001

Jobs: Comp Ling, Lecturer/Research, Denmark

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  1. Laila Dybkj�r, Research position in annotation tool engineering

Message 1: Research position in annotation tool engineering

Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 14:25:36 +0100
From: Laila Dybkj�r <>
Subject: Research position in annotation tool engineering


A 2-year position as junior lecturer or lecturer (assistant
professor/associate professor) with particular emphasis on research and
development is available at the Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory
(NISLab), the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

The successful candidate will join NISLab's interdisciplinary and
internationally recognised team in carrying out European collaborative
research on the IST/Human Language Technologies research project Natural
Interactivity Tools Engineering (NITE). NITE aims to build a
standard-setting workbench for multi-level, cross-level and
cross-modality annotation, retrieval and practical exploitation of
multi-party human-human and human-machine natural interactive dialogue
data. The workbench will be developed for use as a standard tool in
creating, researching, and exploiting the annotated audio and video data
resources which are needed for developing tomorrow's natural interactive
systems. Focus of the research at NISLab will be on user interface
development and tool construction in collaboration with academic and
industrial colleagues across Europe.

In 2001, NISLab leads or is partner in approx. ten, mostly European,
research projects which serve the vision of ubiquitous natural
human-human-system interaction, including spoken language dialogue
systems, speech/facial/gesture input/output systems, multimodal
interaction and ambient intelligence. See for information about the projects. The
working language at NISLab is English. NISLab is responsible for the
science and engineering part of the teaching at the University's
Graduate School in Interactive Media. Opportunities for teaching (in
English) exist.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE: Applicants should have the necessary
qualifications for working on the NITE project which is expected to
start in April 2001. Applicants must preferably have a PhD degree in
computer science, computer engineering, or similar disciplines, good
programming skills in, e.g., java or C/C++, experience in systems
development, and research interests in one or more of the following

� multimodal and cross-modal (speech, gesture, facial expression) corpus
annotation practice, formalisms (such as XML), theory and software;
� spoken language dialogue systems / natural interactive systems /
multimodal systems;
� best practice in user-friendly multimodal and natural interactivity
systems engineering.

THE SALARY LEVEL starts at approx. 40.000 Euros per year for a postdoc
who just did a PhD. The salary for senior lecturers goes above 46.000
Euros per year. The pension contribution paid by the University starts
at 6.500 Euros per year. Your salary will be determined by the
university based on seniority. Appointment to the positions will be in
accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and
the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the associated
specifications for teaching and research positions at institutions of
higher education. Danish law allows significantly reduced taxation
(non-repayable) for foreigners with a PhD degree during the first three
years of their contract.

LOCATION OF JOB: NISLab, the Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory,
University of Southern Denmark - Odense, Denmark (
Odense is about 90 minutes from Copenhagen by road or train and is
Denmark's 3rd largest city. SDU has approx. 14.000 students.

START: As soon as possible.

DEADLINE for applications: Wednesday 28 March 2001, 12:00 am.

Applications must be submitted to Prof. Bernsen preferably by email (see
contact details below) and must be marked "Position no. 01305".
Applications must include a CV, a list of publications, two references,
and the publications to be particularly taken into account by the
Selection Committee (you can use most formats for the latter - .ps,
.pdf, MS Word, html, Latex etc. or just provide a URL for the papers).

The university encourages all who may be interested to apply, no matter
age, gender, religion or ethnic background.

For more information, please contact by phone or email:
Professor Niels Ole Bernsen
University of Southern Denmark
Forskerparken 10
5230 Odense M

Tel. ( +45) 65 50 35 44 (direct)
Fax (+45) 63 15 72 24

Dr. Laila Dybkj�r
Natural Interactive Systems Laboratory
University of Southern Denmark
Science Park 10
5230 Odense M

Tel. ( +45) 65 50 35 53 (direct)
Tel. ( +45) 65 50 10 00 (switchboard)
Fax (+45) 63 15 72 24

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