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LINGUIST List 22.3091

Tue Aug 02 2011

Jobs: Statistical Natural Language Processing: Post Doc, U of Geneva

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        1.     James Henderson , Statistical Natural Language Processing: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Message 1: Statistical Natural Language Processing: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 02-Aug-2011
From: James Henderson <James.Hendersonunige.ch>
Subject: Statistical Natural Language Processing: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Geneva
Department: Department of Computer Science
Job Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Web Address: http://cui.unige.ch/DI/
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Statistical Natural Language Processing


The University of Geneva, Department of Computer Science, invites
applications for a post-doctoral research associate position in natural
language processing. The successful candidate will be part of the
EU-funded project PARLANCE. He/she will investigate statistical methods
for natural language understanding, including spoken language understanding.

The PARLANCE project will design and build mobile applications that
approach human performance in conversational spoken interaction, targeting
interactive search and information provision applications. The PARLANCE
systems will be based on probabilistic inference procedures and incremental
dialog processing. Systems will be developed for English, Spanish and
Mandarin. The other project partners are Cambridge University, Heriot-Watt
University, CRSA, iSoco, and Yahoo! Iberia.

At the University of Geneva, the project will be lead by James Henderson
(Department of Computer Science) and Paola Merlo (Department of
Linguistics) within the research group Computational Learning and
Computational Linguistics (http://clcl.unige.ch/). Work will focus on
incremental models of spoken language understanding which integrate
domain-general statistical models of syntactic-semantic parsing, as well as
open-domain information extraction. The successful candidate will be
expected to participate in this project, plus engage in research of their
own choosing.

Applicants should have received a PhD in Computer Science or Computational
Linguistics by the start of the project. The ideal candidate will have a
background in natural language processing, statistical methods, machine
learning, and spoken language understanding. Good programming skills are
required. Fluency in either English or French is required.

The appointment is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with a start date
of 1 November 2011 or soon thereafter. Competitive salary, according to

Review of applications will begin immediately, but will continue until the
position is filled. Applications received by 1 September 2011 will be
guaranteed full consideration.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research
interest, and names and addresses of at least 3 references to James
Henderson at James.Hendersonunige.ch, with PARLANCE Postdoc as the subject
line. Hard copy applications can be sent to the application address below.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to James Henderson
(James.Hendersonunige.ch) or to Paola Merlo (Paola.Merlounige.ch).

The University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of female
academic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications from

Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Mailing Address for Applications:
James Henderson
DĂ©partement d'Informatique
Battelle bâtiment A
7, route de Drize
1227 Carouge
Email Address for Applications: James.Hendersonunige.ch
Contact Information:
James Henderson
Email: James.Hendersonunige.ch
Phone: +41 22 379 00 60
Fax: +41 22 379 02 50

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