LINGUIST List 14.2662

Thu Oct 2 2003

Jobs: NLP/Question Answering: Postdoc, U/Groningen

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  1. nerbonne, Dutch/NLP for Question Answering: Postdoc, U/Groningen, Netherlands

Message 1: Dutch/NLP for Question Answering: Postdoc, U/Groningen, Netherlands

Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2003 13:02:37 +0000
From: nerbonne <>
Subject: Dutch/NLP for Question Answering: Postdoc, U/Groningen, Netherlands

University or Organization: University of Groningen
Department: Center for Language and Cognition
Rank of Job: Postdoc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics, Semantics


The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is a research
institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of
Groningen. It embraces all the linguistic research in the faculty.

A considerable number of the researchers participate in the Center for
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience's (BCN). Within the CLCG there
are seven research groups: Phonetics/Phonology, Syntax/Semantics,
Discourse and Communication, Descriptive and Historical Linguistics,
Computational Linguistics, Educational Linguistics, and
Neurolinguistics. The position requires residence in Groningen and 38
work hours/week.

Postdoc position (vacancy 203236) for the project: Question Answering
for Dutch using Dependency Relations.

Question Answering Project Description

The project called Question Answering for Dutch using Dependency
Relations investigates the use of sophisticated linguistic knowledge
and robust natural language processing for Question Answering (QA). In
particular, we will investigate how syntactic and semantic dependency
relations in the question and potential answer texts can be used to
support QA. A demonstrator will be developed in cooperation with
publisher Het Spectrum, who owns the rights of several major Dutch
encyclopedias. In addition, we plan to participate in QA evaluation
efforts of CLEF and similar conferences. The project is supported by
the Organization for Scientific Research in the Netherlands (NWO), and
more information can be found at

Further Information

Dr. G.Bouma ( will lead the IMIX project on question
answering. Prof. dr. ir. J. Nerbonne ( will be
pleased to answer your general questions. More details on the project
and on CLCG are to be found on the CLCG-website:


Please include in your application letter remarks about how this
position fits in your career goals and how you hope to contribute
scientifically. In total we would like to receive:

 a letter of application (see above) 
 a project proposal (Positions 1-2) 
 your curriculum vitae 
 a copy of your diploma together with a list of grades 
 a list of publications (if any) 
 the name and email address of two referees 

Please identify the vacancy numbers on the envelope and in your

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Afdeling Personele Zaken
	P.O. Box 72
	Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
	Groningen, NL 9700 AS
	Applications are due by 03-Nov-2003

Contact Information:
	Prof. John Nerbonne
	Tel: +31 50 363 58 15
	Fax: +31 50 363 68 55

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