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LINGUIST List 16.2589

Thu Sep 08 2005

Jobs: Computational Ling: Post Doc, U of Birmingham

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        1.    Alan Wallington, Computational Ling: Post Doc, University of Birmingham, UK

Message 1: Computational Ling: Post Doc, University of Birmingham, UK
Date: 07-Sep-2005
From: Alan Wallington <A.M.Wallingtoncs.bham.ac.uk>
Subject: Computational Ling: Post Doc, University of Birmingham, UK

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University or Organization: University of Birmingham
Department: Computer Science
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Metaphor


Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in the Figurative Language
Research Group in the School of Computer Science at the University of

The successful applicant will join an EPSRC-funded project recently awarded
to Professor John Barnden and Drs Alan Wallington, Sheila Glasbey and Mark
Lee entitled Coping with the Open-Endedness of Everyday Metaphorical
Language: theory, corpus study and computational implementation, an
informal description of which can be found at

The project is inter-disciplinary in scope and is concerned with
investigating, describing, and formalising the type of information that is
unchanging between the source/vehicle and the target/tenor of a
metaphorical utterance.

It is intended that the post-holder will concentrate primarily on the
formal description of the above type of 'invariant' information using an
'event-based' formalism and on helping to implement the resulting
descriptions within the 'ATT-Meta' system for reasoning with the contents
of metaphorical descriptions (see http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jab/ATT-Meta)
which was funded by the EPSRC during a previous project. However, we shall
consider applicants with interests in other aspects of the project.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent experience. They should want to
engage in a careful and sensitive investigation of English and should enjoy
working in an interdisciplinary field. Preference will be given to
candidates who are able to offer many of the following: computational
linguistics; linguistics; artificial intelligence; experience of developing
large systems; knowledge of formal approaches to reasoning; prolog;
evidence of sensitivity to the use of metaphor and figurative language;
publications skills and desire to publish; self motivation and the ability
to work collaboratively.

Informal enquiries (in strict confidence) to John Barnden email:
J.A.Barndencs.bham.ac.uk, tel +44 (0)121 414 3816 or Alan Wallington
email: A.M.Wallingtoncs.bham.ac.uk, tel: 44 (0)121 414 2795

Starting salary on scale £19,460- £23,643 a year depending on experience
and qualifications. The post is available from 1 October 2005 until 30
June 2008 in the first instance.

Application forms (returnable by 15 September 2005, interviews will
commence during the last week of September) and details from Personnel
Services, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.
Tel: 0121 415 9000, web: www.punit.bham.ac.uk/vacancies

Please quote reference S36933

Late applications will be considered until the post is filled. Please send
late applications to Prof. John Barnden email: J.A.Barndencs.bham.ac.uk,
tel +44 (0)121 414 3816 or Dr.Alan Wallington email:
A.M.Wallingtoncs.bham.ac.uk, tel: 44 (0)121 414 2795.

Application forms can be found at:

Address for Applications

Personnel Services
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham B152TT
United Kingdom

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

Prof John Barnden
Email: J.A.Barndencs.bham.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1214143816
Website: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk

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