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LINGUIST List 18.13

Mon Jan 08 2007

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University

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        1.    Stefan Kaufmann, Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, IL, USA

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, IL, USA
Date: 06-Jan-2007
From: Stefan Kaufmann <kaufmannnorthwestern.edu>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, IL, USA

University or Organization: Northwestern University
Department: Analytical Crisis and Reputation Management Group
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Computer Science


The Analytical Crisis and Reputation Management group at Northwestern
University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral research position for a
project on 'Language and Political Behavior.' This project brings together
researchers from the Departments of Linguistics and Managerial Economics
and Decision Sciences as part of the Northwestern Institute in Complex
Systems (NICO). Its goal is to analyze written and spoken text in business
and politics in order to detect and trace issues and opinions, tonality of
documents, and to explore the relationship between linguistic output and
voting patterns, interest group positioning and survey data. The project
also explores applications to political and reputational risk management.
The selected candidate's primary responsibilities will lie in the following

- Information extraction: Event detection using adaptive information
extraction tools. Examples of events are side effects of drugs, corporate
financial fraud, lawsuits against drug companies, etc.

- Topic or event evolution: Tracking the emergence and development of
events, changes in emphasis and salience of the topics related to them,
over time.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in Linguistics, Computer Science,
or a related area. Requirements include: (i) a solid theoretical
background and practical experience in quantitative methods in
computational linguistics and/or information retrieval; (ii) excellent
programming skills in C/C++, scripting languages, and data analysis
software; and (iii) a strong motivation and proven ability to work and
publish collaboratively.

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.
The initial appointment will be for 12 months, with the possibility of
extension by another 12 months, subject to performance and availability of
funding. Financial compensation will be competitive and commensurate with
the candidate's qualification.

Prospective candidates should send their curriculum vitae, including list
of publications, to the address below. Applicants should arrange for three
letters of reference to be sent directly to the same address. For full
consideration, application materials including letters should arrive no
later than January 31, 2007. For further information, contact Stefan
Kaufmann at kaufmannnorthwestern.edu.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer, and applications from minority and women candidates are
especially welcome. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the
United States.

Address for Applications:
Prof. Stefan Kaufmann
2016 Sheridan Rd.
Department of Linguistics
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2007 (Open until filled)

Contact Information:
Prof. Stefan Kaufmann
Email: kaufmannnorthwestern.edu
Phone: (847) 491-5779
Fax: (847) 491-3770
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