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LINGUIST List 17.229

Tue Jan 24 2006

Jobs: Arabic & Computational Linguistics: Dean, Sohar U

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        1.    Mark Pedersen, Arabic & Computational Linguistics: Dean, Sohar University, Oman

Message 1: Arabic & Computational Linguistics: Dean, Sohar University, Oman
Date: 24-Jan-2006
From: Mark Pedersen <mj.pedersengmail.com>
Subject: Arabic & Computational Linguistics: Dean, Sohar University, Oman

University or Organization: Sohar University
Department: Faculty of Applied Science
Job Rank: Dean
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics
Required Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)


Sohar University seeks applications from suitably qualified academic staff for
the position of Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science. The Faculty of Applied
Science offers undergraduate degrees in a range of fields of computer science
and is active in postgraduate research.

Sohar University was the first private university in Oman and is affiliated with
the University of Queensland in Australia. The curriculum for the Sohar
University undergraduate degrees is modelled on the curriculum of equivalent
degrees at the University of Queensland, and all courses at Sohar University are
quality assured by the University of Queensland biannually. All courses in the
Faculty of Applied Science are taught in English.

Under the leadership of the former Dean, Professor Joachim Diederich, the
faculty developed an internationally recognized research profile in the areas of
machine learning, natural language processing and distributed systems.

Faculty research and teaching activity includes a focus on Arabic Natural
Language Processing. A fourth year undergraduate course on Natural Language
Processing seeks to develop students with skills relevant to information
processing in the Gulf region, and final year research projects may also focus
on topics in this area. Research projects include development of a wide-coverage
Lexical Functional Grammar of Arabic as part of the Parallel Grammar project in
collaboration with the Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC), and affiliated
international and regional institutions.

Related work includes the development of Arabic question answering systems;
development of techniques for the automated creation of transfer lexicons;
techniques for the creation of semantic resources for Arabic in the style of
WordNet; statistical and machine learning techniques for morphological analysis
and parsing of Arabic; the application of machine learning to text
classification and tasks related to classification of mental health and medical

The new Dean would be expected to provide leadership in further developing these
and other areas of research.

Sohar is rapidly becoming the largest chemical industrial city in the Gulf
States with over USD13 billion being invested in new industries. The Faculty of
Applied Science already has strong research links with industries in Sohar, and
the new Dean would be expected to strengthen these links with industry.

Applicants for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science would be
expected to have an extensive teaching and research profile at the professorial
level. Remuneration is set at a base salary of 1800-2000 O.R per month, with a
living allowance of 350 O.R per month and a transport allowance of 175 O.R. per
month. Salaries and allowances are tax exempt. Expatriates are entitled to 49
days of annual leave including a return airfare to the country of origin for the
Dean, his wife and two children under the age of 18 years.

Applicants are requested to forward a comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the
names of at least four academic referees to Professor Michael Irving,
Vice-Chancellor of Sohar University, P.O. Box 44 Sohar, 311 Sultanate of Oman.
Applications close on 31 January 2006.

For further information, contact: Professor Michael Irving, Vice-Chancellor of
Sohar University. m.irvingsoharuni.edu.om

Address for Applications:

Prof Michael Irving
Sohar University
PO Box 44
Sohar PC311

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

Prof Michael Irving
Email: m.irvingsoharuni.edu.om
Phone: +968 2670101 ext 404

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