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Sat Sep 17 2011

Jobs: Information Retrieval/QA: Researcher, Dublin City U

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        1.     Deirdre Hogan , Information Retrieval/Question Answering: Researcher, Dublin City University, Ireland

Message 1: Information Retrieval/Question Answering: Researcher, Dublin City University, Ireland
Date: 16-Sep-2011
From: Deirdre Hogan <deirdre.hogangmail.com>
Subject: Information Retrieval/Question Answering: Researcher, Dublin City University, Ireland
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University or Organization: Dublin City University
Department: School of Computing
Job Location: Dublin, Ireland
Web Address: http://www.nclt.dcu.ie/
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Information Retrieval/Question Answering


Description:

Applied R&D role - IR/QA

The Project:
We are looking for a research scientist for a new industry-focused project
which involves building a question-answering application for use in real-world
commercial environments. This presents an exciting opportunity to apply
research technology to create a novel QA application that will go live over the
course of the project, working in a small focused team within a large and
energetic research centre with significant international standing.

The Role:
This is a key role where the successful candidate will take the lead in
information retrieval research as well as play a leading role in the design and
development of the system architecture. They will work closely with NLP
researchers, developers and end users to deliver a fast, high-precision
application. This is a great opportunity to take on a varied, hands-on role and
influence all aspects of the research and development of the application, from
text mining, search engine customisation and experimentation with results
reranking techniques, to user interface design and integration with social
media applications.

We are looking for an "all-rounder", someone with a genuine interest in good
design and the ability to transform cutting edge research into practical
applications. Candidates must have core excellence in a given area and be
comfortable working in a start-up style environment, adapting quickly to
evolving requirements and eager to learn new things.

Required:
- PhD in computer science or equivalent work experience
- Experience with rapid prototyping and system design and integration
- Excellent programming skills (especially in java, python/perl)
- Proven track record in an IR related field
- Experience with an IR system

Bonus:
- Experience with: Solr/Lucene, UIMA/GATE, Hadoop, Amazon EC2
- Experience in question-answering, machine learning

The Research Centre:
The National Centre for Language Technology (http://www.nclt.dcu.ie/) is
Ireland's foremost centre for statistical natural language processing with over
40 researchers. It is based in the School of Computing in Dublin City
University. The Centre carries out basic and applied research in the areas of
machine translation, cross-language information retrieval, spoken document
retrieval, natural language parsing, question answering, sentiment analysis,
speech recognition and speech synthesis. The Centre is affiliated with the
Centre for Next Generation Localisation (http://www.cngl.ie/), a dynamic
Academia-Industry partnership with over 100 researchers.

Details:
The initial contract is for 15 months which, following a successful outcome
for the project, may lead to an opportunity to play an important role in the
further commercialisation of the product.

Salary: EUR 40,000 - 46,500 per annum depending on experience.

Please send CV and covering letter to Deirdre Hogan at the email address
below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: deirdre.hogangmail.com
Contact Information:
Dr Deirdre Hogan
Email: deirdre.hogangmail.com
Phone: 353 1 7008712


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