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LINGUIST List 22.4519

Fri Nov 11 2011

Jobs: English; Semantics; Comp Ling: Post Doc, Università di Trento

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        1.     Marco Baroni , English; Semantics; Compositionality; Computational Distributional Models: Post Doc, Università di Trento, Rovereto, TN, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy

Message 1: English; Semantics; Compositionality; Computational Distributional Models: Post Doc, Università di Trento, Rovereto, TN, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy
Date: 11-Nov-2011
From: Marco Baroni <marco.baroniunitn.it>
Subject: English; Semantics; Compositionality; Computational Distributional Models: Post Doc, Università di Trento, Rovereto, TN, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy
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University or Organization: Università di Trento
Department: Centro Interdipartimentale Mente e Cervello -CIMEC
Job Location: Rovereto, TN, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy
Web Address: http://www.unitn.it/cimec
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Compositionality; Computational Distributional Models

Required Language(s): English (eng)


3 (Renewable) 2-Year Post-Doc Positions Available

The CIMeC-CLIC laboratory of the University of Trento, an interdisciplinary
group of researchers studying language and conceptualization using both
computational and cognitive methods (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it) announces
the availability of at least 3 (renewable) 2-year Post-Doc positions.

The scholarships are funded by a 5-year European Research Council Starting
Grant awarded to the COMPOSES (COMPositional Operations in SEmantic
SPACE) project (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes), that aims at modeling
composition in distributional semantics. The project is expected to have
strong impact on both theoretical and computational semantics, as well as
their cognitive underpinnings.

* Desired Profiles *

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we seek brilliant researchers
with any of the following backgrounds:

- Machine learning (areas of special interest: regression, regularization
methods, hierarchical regression, autoencoders, curriculum learning, scaling
machine learning to large multivariate and multi-level problems, dealing with
very sparse data);

- Psycholinguistics, experimental linguistics or cognitive science (areas of
special interest: systematic judgment elicitation methods such as Likert
scales or magnitude estimation, crowdsourcing, semantic processing);

- Formal and/or computational semantics (areas of special interest:
Montague Grammar and its derivatives, distributional semantics)

Advanced programming and mathematical skills are required of candidates
from machine learning. Linguists and cognitive scientists must possess at
least basic programming skills and a reasonable knowledge of statistics.

If you think that your background is relevant to the research program outlined
on the project website (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes) and you have
good programming and quantitative skills, please do get in touch even if you
do not fit any of the profiles above.

All researchers are expected to have an interest in working in an
interdisciplinary environment.

* The Research Environment *

The CLIC lab (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it) is a unit of the University of Trento's
Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, http://www.unitn.it/en/cimec), an
English-speaking, interdisciplinary center for research on brain and cognition
whose staff includes neuroscientists, psychologists, (computational)
linguists, computer scientists and physicists.

CLIC consists of researchers from the Departments of Computer Science
(DISI) and Cognitive Science (DISCoF) carrying out research on a range of
topics including concept acquisition, corpus-based computational semantics,
combining NLP and computer vision, combining brain and corpus data to
study cognition, formal semantics and theoretical linguistics. Modeling
composition in distributional semantics is increasingly a focus point of CLIC,
and activity in this area will grow considerably thanks to COMPOSES funds.

CLIC is part of the larger network of research labs focusing on Natural
Language Processing and related domains in the Trento region, that is
quickly becoming one of the areas with the highest concentration of
researchers in NLP and related fields anywhere in Europe.

The CLIC/CIMeC laboratories are located in beautiful Rovereto, a lively town
in the middle of the Alps, famous for its contemporary art museum, the
quality of its wine, and the range of outdoors sport and relax opportunities it
offers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rovereto

* Application Information *

For further information, please send an expression of interest to the
application email address below, attaching a CV. Positions are available
immediately and open until filled.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications: marco.baroniunitn.it
Web Address for Applications: http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes/
Contact Information:
Marco Baroni
Email: marco.baroniunitn.it

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