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Mon Sep 20 2004

Jobs: Text & Speech Technology: Post Doc,North-West U

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Message 1: Jobs: Text & Speech Technology: Post Doc, North-West University

Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 07:48:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: ntlgbvh <>
Subject: Jobs: Text & Speech Technology: Post Doc, North-West University

University or Organization: North-West University
Department: Centre for Text Technology
Rank of Job: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics, Text Technology & Speech Technology


The Centre for Text Technology at the North-West University
(Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa is looking for candidates to
fill the following 2 postdoctoral positions:
	(1) Postdoctoral position: Text Technology
	(2) Postdoctoral position: Speech Technology

Minimum requirements:
- PhD in Computational Linguistics or related fields.
- Strong programming skills (C/C++, Perl, Java).
- Thorough knowledge of and experience in main statistical and machine
 learning approaches, applied to either text or speech processing.
- The ability to work well in a team.
- Full spoken and written proficiency of English.

Preferred/recommended requirements:
- Experience in other programming languages.
- Industrial experience or a track-record of project-based experimental work.
- Good research profile and publication rate.
- Knowledge of or fluency in a Germanic language and/or Bantu language.

Job description:
The two postdocs will contribute to current and future research
projects within the Centre for Text Technology. These projects are
either funded by the South African "National Research Foundation", or
by the North-West University. Postdocs participating in these projects
can expect to gain considerable research experience in speech and text
technology. More info on current projects can be found at and Other planned
projects include the development of a shallow syntactic parser for
Afrikaans, to commence in 2005. It will be expected from the postdocs
to publish in acknowledged (inter)national journals, present research
results at local and international conferences, and stimulate research
within the Centre.

1 February 2005.

Contract period:
12 months. Depending on work performance and the availability of
funding, both posts may be renewed after the initial 12 months.

Remuneration according to the South African National Research
Foundation's benchmarks. No fringe benefits included. 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 expand the current library collection.
- You will be encouraged to apply for funding for conference
 attendance, within the University's framework for research funding, as
 well as external funding (e.g. National Research Foundation).

Centre for Text Technology:
Read more about the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT) at We offer a
friendly and enthusiastic working environment, good computational
facilities, interaction across academic disciplines (including
linguists, phonologists/acoustic phoneticians, statisticians,
engineers, and computer scientists). All projects are supported by a
project manager and full-time programmer.

Application and deadline:
To apply, email a CV (including a statement of research interests, as
well as names and contact information for two references) to Gerhard
van Huyssteen ( before 6 October 2004.

For more information, contact Gerhard van Huyssteen at, or at +27 18 299 1488.

The North-West University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Gerhard Van Huyssteen
	Centre for Text Technology
	North-West University
	Potchefstroom, North-West Province 2522
	South Africa 
	Applications are due by 06-Oct-2004

Contact Information:

	Gerhard Van Huyssteen.
	Tel: +27 18 299 1488

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