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Fri Nov 19 2010

Jobs: Arabic; Natural Lang Processing: Researcher, U of Wolverhampton

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        1.     Lucia Specia , Arabic; Natural Language Processing: Researcher, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Message 1: Arabic; Natural Language Processing: Researcher, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Date: 19-Nov-2010
From: Lucia Specia <lspeciagmail.com>
Subject: Arabic; Natural Language Processing: Researcher, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Wolverhampton
Department: Computational Linguistics Research Group
Job Location: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://clg.wlv.ac.uk/
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Natural Language Processing

Required Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)


Research Fellow: Arabic NLP/MT
Closing date: Nov, 30 2010
£28139 - £30747
Fixed term contract: 12 months

The Research Group in Computational Linguistics (URL above), University of
Wolverhampton, invites applications for a research fellowship in the area
of Arabic Natural Language Processing. The candidate will be expected to
carry out research in the topic of evaluation of Arabic-English machine
translation. He/she will contribute to the collection of data, proposal,
design and evaluation of quality estimation approaches. He/she may also
contribute to the implementation of the proposed approaches, which will be
performed by an experienced programmer.

A successful applicant must:
- Have a good honours degree or equivalent in Computational Linguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Computer Science/Engineering,
Mathematics, Statistics, or related areas.
- Be a native or fluent speaker of Arabic or have sufficient knowledge of
the language proved by previous research related to the language.
- Have experience in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language
Processing, particularly the area of Machine Translation evaluation. A PhD
in the field is ideal, but masters level or work experience are also
- Be eligible to work in the UK, as the job requires an immediate start.
Part-time applications from candidates currently studying in the UK will
also be considered.

The starting date is early December 2010.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Lucia Specia, email address

Applications must include:
1) A curriculum vitae indicating degrees obtained, course covered,
publications, relevant work experience, and names of 3 referees that could
be contacted if necessary.
2) A 1-page cover letter with statement of research experience, indicating
why you are interested in this position and why you consider your
experience is relevant.
3) A job application form that can be downloaded from the application URL

The successful candidate will work with the Computational Linguistics
group. Established by Prof. Ruslan Mitkov in 1998, the Research Group in
Computational Linguistics is highly successful, delivering cutting-edge
research in a number of NLP areas such as anaphora resolution, automatic
summarisation, question answering, lexical knowledge acquisition, text
categorisation, named entity recognition, information extraction, corpus
construction and annotation, automatic terminology processing, multilingual
processing, and multiple-choice question generation. To a large extent,
this research has been undertaken in projects funded by major EU and UK
funding bodies and commercial partners.

The results from the latest Research Assessment Exercise announced on 17
December 2008 confirm the Research Group in Computational Linguistics as
one of the top performers in UK research. The research group was entered in
Unit of Assessment 'Linguistics' and Wolverhampton was ranked joint 3rd
with 2 more universities. According to the league tables of the Guardian,
The Times and Research Fortnight, research in Linguistics at the University
of Wolverhampton is one of the top 6 best in the UK.

Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2010

Email Address for Applications: lspeciagmail.com
Web Address for Applications: http://www2.wlv.ac.uk/pers/jobdetails/pers_jobapp_word_oct10.doc
Contact Information:
Dr. Lucia Specia
Email: lspeciagmail.com

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