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LINGUIST List 23.2670

Mon Jun 11 2012

Jobs: Field Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Spell-out: Post Doc, iLanguage Lab LTD

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Date: 09-Jun-2012
From: Hisako Noguchi <jobsilanguage.ca>
Subject: Field Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Spell-out: Post Doc, iLanguage Lab LTD, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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University or Organization: iLanguage Lab LTD
Job Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Web Address: http://ilanguage.ca/about
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Field Linguistics; General Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Spell-Out


Description:

iLanguage Lab LTD is offering a one-year Postdoctoral field linguistics position in our
MorphoParser project, a language-independent semi-unsupervised machine
learning algorithm for morphological segmentation of agglutinative languages.

A Postdoc at iLanguage Lab is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to
immerse themselves in project management and machine languages before
taking on an academic position. iLanguage Lab encourages its researchers to
publish results in the top venues and provides travel funding towards this
end.

Candidates must have a Ph.D degree in Theoretical Linguistics at the time of
the appointment. More than a year of experience in field work is essential
for this position, as is fluency in English or French, and one additional spoken
language.

Working with us you will learn:
- Version control (Git)
- Issue tracking and Open Project Management (GitHub, Redmine)
- Software Engineering (on time, on budget, on specification)
- Machine Languages (Javascript & Java)
- Scripting Languages (Praat, Bash, R)
- Time saving techniques for data crunching (Regular Expressions, Unix
shell commands)
- BigData techniques on sparse data (NoSQL, Map-reduce, cloud computing
and Node.js)

The Postdoc will join our Machine Learning team and take on responsibility
for crowd-sourcing/gamification of our open gold standard morphological
segmentation corpus using the Android platform. Candidates are expected to
use the Postdoc position to continue their previous theoretical research using
the tools and techniques they will acquire while at iLanguage.

Primary responsibilities include:
- Learn and improve skills in software design and programming as the crowd-
sourcing/gamification project manager.
- Design workshops and screencast tutorials to transfer the knowledge about
computational linguistic tools and techniques into tools for
fieldlinguists/theoretical linguists.
- Create screencasts and blog in either English or French, and at least one
other language.
- Generate grass-roots efforts to preserve minority languages by encouraging
informants and community members to blog or vlog.

Other criteria for a successful candidate include:
- 1+ years of teaching experience (original course materials).
- Publications including original data in academic journals.
- Some knowledge of Natural Language Processing techniques.
- Experience in OpenData and OpenSource.
- Experience with data management.
- Familiarity with regular expressions.
- 3+ years of experience with Unix/Linux or Mac operating systems and shell
commands
- Proficiency in a mark-up language (HTML, LaTeX, XML)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including new media such
as blogging and screencast tutorials.
- Experience using a scripting language (Praat, R, Matlab, Javascript, etc).
- Strong ability to work collaboratively and drive an original research agenda.
- A research project which can benefit from the use of social web/mobile
technology to allow minority language speakers to have access to information
in their languages.

To apply, please send CV, research project (2 pages maximum), a
recommendation letter, and a motivation letter to the email address included
below. Preference is given to applicants who have prior OpenSource and
OpenData experience and/or familiarity with the Android platform. The
application is open until filled. The position is expected to begin on
September 1st, 2012.

About us:
The iLanguage Lab seeks to put FieldLinguistics into the pockets of
consumers by building productivity tools and plugins which adapt to the
user's I-Language.

Application Deadline: 01-Jul-2012

Email Address for Applications: jobsilanguage.ca
Web Address for Applications: http://ilanguage.ca/jobs.html
Contact Information:
Hisako Noguchi
Email: jobsilanguage.ca

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