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LINGUIST List 20.3880

Thu Nov 12 2009

Jobs: Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva

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        1.    Sandrine Zufferey, Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Message 1: Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 11-Nov-2009
From: Sandrine Zufferey <sandrine.zuffereyunige.ch>
Subject: Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Geneva, Switzerland
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Web Address: http://www.unige.ch/lettres/linguistique
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Description:

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland,
invites applications for a post-doctoral position in corpus linguistics,
with applications to natural language processing. The successful
candidate will be part of a group whose research focuses on machine
translation of pragmatic phenomena. The candidate will participate in
the COMTIS SNSF project on the modeling of inter-sentential dependencies
(connectives, anaphora, verbal tenses. etc) to improve the output of
machine translation systems for the English/French pair. The tasks
associated to the position will include the selection of corpora, the
definition of annotation guidelines for markers of inter-sentential
dependencies, the design of tools for their semi-automatic location, and
the supervision of human annotators. The overall goal is to deliver an
annotated resource to be used for statistical learning by other COMTIS
partners.

Applicants will have received a PhD in linguistics, pragmatics or
natural language processing. Good knowledge of issues related to
language resources and their annotation is highly desirable. Excellent
knowledge of both French and English is required. Previous experience
with human or machine translation is a plus. The position is offered for
two years. Review of the applications will start immediately and will
continue until the position is filled. The appointment will start as soon
as the necessary work permits and documents are obtained, preferably on
March 1st, 2010.

How to apply
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and publication list, a short
statement of interest, a summary of the PhD thesis (with URL of the
document if available online), and names and email addresses of at least
three references. Electronic applications are strongly preferred. Please
send your application to the both email addresses listed below, with
POSTDOC as the subject line. If electronic application is not possible,
please send your application package to the address below.

Contact information
Informal inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Sandrine Zufferey
(sandrine.zuffereyunige.ch) or to Prof. Jacques Moeschler
(Jacques.moeschlerunige.ch).
Department of Linguistics - Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva 4 - Switzerland

About the institution
The University of Geneva is one of the leading research universities in
Europe and offers excellent working conditions, as well as a stimulating
scientific environment. More information about the Department of
Linguistics can be found at http://www.unige.ch/lettres/linguistique.
The University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of female
academic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications
from women.

Application Deadline: 28-Feb-2010
Mailing Address for Applications:
Dr Sandrine Zufferey
2, Rue de Candolle
Geneva 1211
Switzerland
Email Address for Applications: sandrine.zuffereyunige.ch
Contact Information:
Dr Sandrine Zufferey
Email: sandrine.zuffereyunige.ch
Phone: 41223797323
Fax: 41223797931
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