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LINGUIST List 23.2327

Tue May 15 2012

Jobs: Statistical NLP: Researcher, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI)

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Date: 15-May-2012
From: Harald Trost <harald.trostofai.at>
Subject: Statistical Natural Language Processing: Researcher, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Vienna, Austria
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University or Organization: Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Department: Language Technology Group
Job Location: Vienna, Austria
Web Address: http://www.ofai.at
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Statistical Natural Language Processing


The Language Technology group at the Austrian Research Institute for
Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) is looking for a motivated post-doctoral
researcher or a well experienced graduate student to fill a research
position within the basic research project 'Machine Learning
Techniques for Modelling of Language Varieties'.

The position involves basic research on issues related to data sparsity
in machine translation between non-central language pairs. In
particular, morphological closeness shall be exploited and
bootstrapping methods shall be employed to counter the data sparsity.
Further information about the project is available at

The ideal candidate will have:
- Permission to work within the European union
- Excellent English language skills; knowledge of the German
language is a plus
- A degree in computational linguistics, computer science, or a related
area (PhD is a plus, but experienced graduate students will be
- Experience in statistical natural language processing (knowledge of
unsupervised machine learning is a plus)
- Programming skills in C++, Perl and/or Java
- Strong ability to work independently and drive an original research

OFAI encourages its researchers to publish results in the top venues
(ACL, EMNLP, etc.) and provides travel funding towards this end.

A basic gross salary of EUR 40,000-45,000 per annum will be offered
depending on the experience of the candidate.

Please send your applications, including a CV and a brief research
statement, to Harald Trost at the email address below as soon as
possible. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, not later than
September 1st, 2012, and will terminate with the end of the project
(December 31st, 2013).

About the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI):
Founded in 1984, the OFAI is one of Europe's leading non-profit
research institutions in AI. It has been cooperating with international
and national organisations, companies, universities and research
institutes from 28 countries. Further information about OFAI is available
at http://www.ofai.at.

About Vienna: Vienna is the capital of Austria and consistently ranked
as one of the most livable cities in the world. At over 1,700,000
inhabitants, Vienna is one of the largest cities in the central European
region and home to numerous universities and research institutions,
providing an intellectually stimulating environment.

Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2012

Email Address for Applications: harald.trostofai.at
Contact Information:
Harald Trost
Email: harald.trostofai.at

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