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Wed Mar 02 2005

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Saarland U

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        1.    Jonas Kuhn, Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Date: 02-Mar-2005
From: Jonas Kuhn <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

University or Organization: Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany
Department: Computational Linguistics and Phonetics
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


The Department for Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Saarland
University, Germany, is seeking to fill a full-time Post Doc position
in the PTOLEMAIOS research project on grammar induction from parallel

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in computer science,
computational linguistics or a similar field. Previous work
experience in research projects in computational linguistics is
expected, comprising both practical program development and the
development of theoretical models/formalisms. An ideal candidate will
have advanced expertise in 1-2 of the following areas, and a good
basic knowledge in several of the other areas:
- Current machine learning techniques for natural language
grammars/parsers (in particular log-linear/Maximum Entropy models
and other discriminative learning methods)
- Weakly supervised learning (in particular Bootstrapping)
- Statistical Machine Translation based on the noisy channel model
- Dynamic programming techniques for parsing/generation with
linguistically motivated grammar formalisms
- Computational syntax, grammar formalisms, and linguistic learning
theories (in particular Optimality Theoretic Syntax)

The PTOLEMAIOS project is a new research group led by Jonas Kuhn in
the context of the Emmy Noether program by the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Science Foundation). The project
is expected to run until March 2009. For information on the project

The position is at the rank of 'Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter'. The
salary is determined by the payscale for German public employees
(Vergütungsgruppe BAT IIa) and amounts to approximately EUR 42,000.-
per year. The exact salary amount varies depending on age and marital

The earliest possible starting date for the position is 1 April 2005,
and the initial contract will run until March 2007; after this, a
two-year extension of the contract is possible.

Applications should include a CV, an outline of research
experience/interests, 1-2 sample publications, and names, email
addresses and telephone numbers of two references. Electronic
applications (if possible in PDF format) are preferred and should be
directed to the email address below. Applications received by
21 March 2005 will receive full consideration.

The Saarland University seeks to increase the proportion of women in
this subject area, and therefore particularly encourages applications
from women. In the selection procedure, disabled persons with
equivalent qualifications will be favoured.

Address for Applications:

Dr. Jonas Kuhn
Computerlinguistik, Universität des Saarlandes
Postfach 15 11 50
Saarbrücken 66041

Application Deadline: 21-Mar-2005

Contact Information:

Dr. Jonas Kuhn

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