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LINGUIST List 18.2639

Tue Sep 11 2007

Jobs: Saami, North & South; Comp Ling: Programmer, University of Tromsø

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        1.    Jorun Nordmo, Saami, North; Saami, South & Computational Linguistics: Programmer, University of Tromsø, Norway


Message 1: Saami, North; Saami, South & Computational Linguistics: Programmer, University of Tromsø, Norway
Date: 11-Sep-2007
From: Jorun Nordmo <jorun.nordmohum.uit.no>
Subject: Saami, North; Saami, South & Computational Linguistics: Programmer, University of Tromsø, Norway
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University or Organization: University of Tromsø
Department: Humanities
Web Address: http://uit.no/humfak

Job Rank: Programmer

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics

Required Language(s): Saami, South (sma)
                            Saami, North (sme)

Description:

Position number: 200704131
Reference: 07-4131

At the University of Tromsø there is a vacant position as
programmer/computational linguist for Sámi language technology. The
position is associated with the Department of Linguistics at the Faculty of
Humanities at the University of Tromsø.

Starting in 2008, the University of Tromsø will establish a Centre for Sámi
language technology. The Centre is based upon research conducted at the
University. So far, the work has been centred around making programs for
morphological and syntactic analysis of Northern and Lule Sámi and (as
joint work with the Sámi Parliament) to make spell checkers for the same
languages. Concrete plans for the foreseeable future include integrating
the programs with interactive pedagogical applications, and with
dictionaries, and working on machine translation between Sámi and other
languages. Long-term plans include information retrieval, data mining,
grammar checkers and audio applications. We also see Sámi language
technology as a foundation for work on Sámi linguistics in general, and
work hard to make machine-tagged corpora in different formats available for
research. Our work on Sámi is also seminal in making solutions for other
languages with similar typological features. The Centre will contain 3
permanent positions.

The programmer/computational linguist will work on planning, architecture,
design and implementation of infrastructure for Sámi language technology.

The successful applicant is a person with higher education within
informatics, computational or general linguistics. Background in
programming and experience with software development is a prerequisite,
experience with programming finite-state automata is a plus. Experience
with Unix/Linux, regular expressions, Perl, XML and related technologies,
GNU make, CVS/Subversion is a prerequisite. Knowledge of languages such as
C, C++ and Java are an advantage, but not a prerequisite. Knowledge of
formal grammar (of human languages) is a plus.

The successful applicant should have experience with work within language
technology. Knowledge of or experience with Sámi or typologically similar
languages is a plus, but not a prerequisite.

More information on the Sámi language technology at the University of
Tromsø can be found at the home page of the project,
http://giellatekno.uit.no, or by contacting Trond Trosterud.

The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State wage
scale code 1087 or 1181, depending on qualifications. A compulsory
contribution of 2% is made to the Norwegian State Pension Fund.

The application must be submitted electronically on the application form
available at www.jobbnord.no.

Application Deadline: 24-Sep-2007
Mailing Address for Applications:
Jorun Nordmo
University of Tromsø
9037 Tromsø
Norway
Email Address for Applications: jorun.nordmohum.uit.no
Web Address for Applications: www.jobbnord.no
Contact Information:
Trond Trosterud
Email: trond.trosterudhum.uit.no
Phone: +47 77 64 47 63



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