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Wed Jun 16 2004

Jobs: Computational Ling: Researcher, North-West U

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Message 1: Computational Ling: Researcher, North-West University

Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 19:02:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: ntlgbvh <ntlgbvhpuk.ac.za>
Subject: Computational Ling: Researcher, North-West University


University or Organization: North-West University
Department: Centre for Text Technology
Rank of Job: Researcher
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics, Machine Learning
Required Language(s): Germanic; Niger-Congo


Description:


Minimum requirements: 

* MA/MSc or equivalent in Computational Linguistics or related fields.
* Thorough knowledge of C/C++, Perl, and the UNIX/LINUX environment.
* Knowledge of and experience in text processing or related fields. 
* The ability to work well in a team and willingness to supervise. 
* Full fluency in English. 

Preferred/recommended requirements:
* PhD in Computational Linguistics or related fields.
* Thorough knowledge of and experience in main statistical and machine
 learning approaches, applied to both text and speech processing.
* Experience in other programming languages.
* 1-3 years related experience in product development.
* Experience in scholarly publication.
* Knowledge of or fluency in a Germanic language and/or Bantu
 language.
* Teaching experience.

Job description: 

Over and above all, it will be expected from the Computational
Linguist to help establish the Centre for Text Technology as a leading
national and international institution of excellence and innovation in
the field.

The three main responsibilities will be formalised within the
following parameters (with suggested time allocations in brackets, to
be negotiated each year):
(a) Development of human language technology applications, including
 market research and evaluation, planning, overseeing of activities
 related to the development, and programming (40%)
(b) Research in Computational Linguistics, with the focus on
 innovative research of international standard. It will be expected
 from you to publish in acknowledged international journals,
 present research results at local and international conferences,
 and stimulate research within the Centre (45%)
(c) Tuition, including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as
 well as workshops and other training programmes, and supervision
 of post-graduate students (15%)

Commencement: 
As soon as possible, but not later than 1 December 2004.

Contract period:
36 months. Depending on the output of the Centre and work performance,
the post may either be renewed on a contract basis or tenured after
the 36 month period.

Remuneration:
Highly competitive salary, with an annual raise, according to
University benchmarks. No fringe benefits included, but a structuring
of the salary can be negotiated (e.g. a part for travel allowance,
inclusion in the University's medical aid scheme, etc.). Annual leave
according to labour law regulations and University practice included.

Additional information:
** A certain amount of the library budget allocation will be made
 available to you to expand the current library collection.
** You will be encouraged to apply for funding for research and
 conference attendance, within the University's framework for
 research funding, as well as external funding (e.g. National
 Research Foundation).

Application and deadline: 
To apply, email a CV (including a statement of research interests, as
well as names and contact information for three references) to Gerhard
van Huyssteen (ntlgbvhpuk.ac.za) before 9 July 2004. Interviews with
potential candidates to be conducted telephonically, or otherwise in
person during ACL 2004 in Barcelona, or otherwise in The Netherlands
before 14 August 2004.

Background on Centre for Text Technology:
The Centre for Text Technology is a research and development centre,
which combines research expertise and the essential technical and
administrative support in order to conduct cutting-edge research in
text technology, and use that as the basis for the development of
innovative and relevant technological applications.
	
	

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Dr Gerhard Van Huyssteen
	Head: Centre for Text Technology
	North-West University
	Potchefstroom, North-West Province 2531
	South Africa 

	Applications are due by 09-Jul-2004 

Contact Information:
	Dr Gerhard Van Huyssteen
	Email: ntlgbvhpuk.ac.za
	Tel: +31 64 315 7374
	Fax: +27 18 299 1562
	Website: http://www.puk.ac.za

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