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LINGUIST List 17.40

Tue Jan 10 2006

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, North-West U

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        1.    Julia Trushkina, Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, North-West University, South Africa

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, North-West University, South Africa
Date: 10-Jan-2006
From: Julia Trushkina <20215770puknet.puk.ac.za>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, North-West University, South Africa

University or Organization: North-West University
Department: Centre for Text Technology
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Computer Assisted Language Learning


The Centre for Text Technology at the North-West University (Potchefstroom
Campus) in South Africa is looking for candidates to fill a full-time
postdoctoral position in computational linguistics.

Minimum requirements:
- PhD in Computational Linguistics or related fields obtained within the past
two years.
- Strong programming skills (C/C++, Perl, Java).
- The ability to work well in a team.
- Full spoken and written proficiency of English.
- Advanced experience in the following areas:
Statistical and/or Machine Learning approaches in NLP.
Machine Translation and/or Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

Preferred/recommended requirements:
- Experience in other programming languages.
- Good research profile and publication rate.
- Knowledge of or fluency in a Germanic language and/or Bantu language.
- Experience in product development.

Job description:

The postdoc will contribute to current and future research projects within
the Centre for Text Technology (CTexT), with the main focus on multilingualism.
Current projects in the CTexT include, among others, development of language
tools and multilingual aligned corpora for South African languages. The postdoc
will be encouraged to participate in the current projects and convey research in
the areas of possible applications of the multilingual aligned corpora, such as

- Machine translation
- Word sense disambiguation
- Multilingual information retrieval
- Bilingual lexicography

or/and in developing CALL applications.

It will be expected from the postdoc to publish in acknowledged international
and national journals, present research results at local and international
conferences, and stimulate research within the Centre.

1 May 2006 (negotiable)

Contract period:
12 months, renewable for another 12 months depending on satisfactory

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.
- The postdoc will be encouraged to apply for funding for conference attendance,
within the University's framework for research funding, as well as for external
funding (e.g. National Research Foundation). Funding for one international
conference participation is guaranteed.

Centre for Text Technology:
The Centre for Text Technology (CTexT) is a leader in the field of human
language technology in South Africa. 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). Read more about the Centre
for Text Technology at http://www.nwu.ac.za/ctext

Application and deadline:
To apply, email a CV (including an outline of research experience and interests,
as well as names and contact information for two references) to Julia Trushkina
(20215770puknet.puk.ac.za) before 13 February 2006.

For more information, contact Prof. Gerhard van Huyssteen at ntlgbvhpuk.ac.za,
or at +27 18 299 1488 between 09:00 and 16:00 South African time.

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

Address for Applications:

Dr. Julia Trushkina
Centre for Text Technology
North-West University
Potchefstroom 2522
South Africa

Application Deadline: 13-Feb-2006

Contact Information:

Prof. Gerhard Van Huyssteen
Email: ntlgbvhpuk.ac.za
Phone: +27 18 299 1488
Website: http://www.nwu.ac.za/ctext

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