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LINGUIST List 19.3393

Thu Nov 06 2008

Support: Computational Linguistics: Open Student, Simon Fraser University

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        1.    Maite Taboada, Computational Linguistics: Open Student, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Open Student, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Date: 05-Nov-2008
From: Maite Taboada <mtaboadasfu.ca>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Open Student, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
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Institution/Organization: Simon Fraser University
Department: Department of Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/

Level: Open

Duties: Research

Job Rank: Open

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis


Position vacant: Graduate Student Researcher in Computational Linguistics at
Simon Fraser University (Greater Vancouver, Canada)

Rank or Title: Researcher (PhD or MA level)
Linguistic fields: Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Corpus
Linguistics, Discourse Relations
University address: Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, 8888
University Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6, Canada
Application address: Email applications only to contact person below
Contact information: Prof. Maite Taboada (mtaboadasfu.ca)

Job description:
Research Assistant position within the project "Discourse Parsing for
Summarization and Sentiment Detection," a project funded by a grant to Maite
Taboada from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
(NSERC). The project aims at building a parser that identifies discourse
relations in text, with two applications in mind: summarization and sentiment
detection. For more information on the project, please visit:

The successful applicant will demonstrate an interest in one or more of the
following areas: computational linguistics, discourse/coherence relations,
corpus linguistics. Although the position is designed to develop research
skills, priority will be given to candidates with background in computational
linguistics, and in particular with programming experience. The student is free
to pursue his or her own thesis research in other areas, but there are also
opportunities to combine thesis/dissertation work with the RA work.

The initial research stipend is for one year at the following levels: CAD$12,000
(MA) or CAD$15,000 (PhD), renewable depending on performance and funding
availability. The successful applicant is also eligible for travel funding and
additional forms of support available to SFU students, including teaching
assistantships and marker positions. For more information on funding, please
visit: http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/graduate/GradFunding.html. Eligibility for
this position is conditional on acceptance to the graduate program of
Linguistics at SFU (deadline: Feb. 1, 2009,
http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/graduate/admissions.html, for a start in September
Please note that you need to send a complete application to the Department of
Linguistics for entry into the graduate program; applications sent only to the
contact above will be disregarded, since hiring is contingent on enrollment in
the masters or PhD program.

How to apply for the RA position:
Send two PDF documents to mtaboadasfu.ca: (i) a CV/transcript documenting the
applicant's background, contact information and programming/computational
experience; and (ii) a one page description of the applicant's research
interests and current and future projects. Please use your name in the file name
(e.g., Smith_CV.pdf). Only PDF documents will be accepted.
Research productivity and creativity, as well as a research focus aligned with
the above stated areas, are important criteria in the assessment of applications.
How to apply to the Linguistics department:

Further information:
About the graduate program in Linguistics:

A copy of this ad is available at:

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2009

Web Address for Applications: http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/graduate/admissions.html

Contact Information:
        Dr. Maite Taboada

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