LINGUIST List 9.896

Tue Jun 16 1998

Jobs: Computational Ling, Prof. Position in Ling

Editor for this issue: Anita Huang <>


  1. Pianesi Fabio, Computational Linguists
  2. Hans Arndt, Professor in Linguistics, Aarhus, Denmark

Message 1: Computational Linguists

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 14:42:24 +0200
From: Pianesi Fabio <>
Subject: Computational Linguists

The Cognitive and Communication Technologies (CCT) division of ITC-IRST
(Istituto Trentino di Cultura - Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e
Tecnologica) in Trento, Italy, is seeking three computational

=== A. One computational linguist for the Italian Wordnet project.

Italian Wordnet is an on going project aiming at building the Italian
version of WordNet in a semi-automatic way. 


- university degree in computational linguistics or computer science;
- either Italian or English as a motherlanguage and fluency in the other
- programming skills in at least one of the following language: Lisp,
 Prolog, C, Tcl/Tk, Java, Perl.

The following will be considered a plus:

- strong background in lexical semantics;
- good knowledge of internet tools (HTML, CGI, etc.).

=== B. One computational linguist to work on adaptive hypermedia for
museum visits.

Our projects aim at developing a new personal electronic guide capable
of providing visitors of cultural/tourist sites with information
tailored to their interests, current position in the physical space,
and taking into account the history of the interaction. Additional
information about the projects can he found at the following Web page:


- university degree in computational linguistics or computer science
- programming skills in at least one of the following languages:
 Lisp, Prolog, C, Tcl/Tk, Java, Perl.
- good knowledge of English

The following will be considered a plus:

- background in adaptive hypermedia
- background in natural language generation
- experience in developing software for NLP applications
- experience in writing technical documentation in English

=== C. One omputational linguist to work on automatic text generation.

The CCT division at IRST is currently exploring adaptive hypertext
generation,sentence planning, and hybrid approaches to text generation
aiming at integrating deep text structuring with flexible
templates. For more information about our projects see also:
 For this position, applications are sollicited by people with
specific experience, though any candidate will be carefully


- university degree in computational linguistics or computer science
- programming skills in at least one of the following language:
 Lisp, Prolog, C, Tcl/Tk, Java, Perl
- experience in developing software for NLP applications

The followings will be considered a plus:

- background in natural language generation
- experience in writing technical documentation in English

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The three positions are available from July 1998 for a fixed term of
one year with the possibility of further appointment subject to
availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

The remuneration will be commensurate to qualification and experience.

Please, send:

	- a letter of application, specifying the position you are
	 interested in;
	- a detailed CV;
	- a list of publication and
	- the names and addresses of two referees 

to the following address:

	Fabio Pianesi
	38050, Povo
	Trento - Italy

Requests for information can be sent to the following address:

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The Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (IRST) is part
of the Istituto Trentino di Cultura (ITC), an entity sustained by the
Autonomous Province of Trento with the participation of other public
and private institutions. The ITC has currently a staff of 190
full-time researchers, plus several fellows, consultants and visiting

The "Istituto per la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica" is the main
research centre of ITC. Its organisation and planning are directed to
pursue both basic and applied research, through a co-ordinated design
that integrates objectives of research excellence and responsiveness
to local economic development needs. Irst is structured into three
divisions devoted to: a) interactive sensorial systems, b) cognitive
and communicative technologies, and c) microelectronics. IRST
collaborates with many universities and research institutes, and is a
node of the European Excellence Network on Natural Language and
Speech, ELSNET. The present director is Oliviero Stock.

About the Cognitive and Communication Technology division.

The Cognitive and Communication Technology (CCT) division at IRST has
three main activities: natural language dialogue and multimedia based
systems, natural language generation, and information extraction. CCT
also pursues horizontal activities: basic NLP modules (e.g., parsers),
the creation and maintainance of linguistic resources, and activities
in formal linguistics.

About Trento

Trento is situated in Northern Italy and is surrounded by mountains as
well as several lakes, being therefore an ideal starting point for
many different outdoors activities. Trento is approximately one hour's
drive from Verona and two and a half hour's drive from Venice.

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Message 2: Professor in Linguistics, Aarhus, Denmark

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 13:41:22 +0000
From: Hans Arndt <>
Subject: Professor in Linguistics, Aarhus, Denmark

Applications are invited for a position as full professor of
Linguistics, at the Department of Linguistics, University of Aarhus,
tenable from August 1, 1999, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants are expected to be oriented broadly within modern
linguistic theory and analysis, to have experience with work on
different languages, and to have undertaken original
international-standard research work within one or more fields,
particularly research that links empirical studies and theory
development. Applicants who are willing to participate in the
development of a small but growing department, will be particularly
appreciated. A brief description of the department is appended below.

Applicants are asked to document:

 (1)	research experience and academic standing;
 (2)	experience with project management and research collaboration;
 (3)	experience with extramural activities and/or non-academic
 (4)	teaching qualifications and experience.

The appointee will be required to take part in all types of
activities: research, teaching, and administration. The appointee
will further be required to contribute to academic cooperation with
other departments. The language of instruction is Danish, but English,
Swedish, or Norwegian is acceptable during the initial period.
Acquiantance with Danish is an advantage but not a condition;
non-Danish-speaking applicants are required to undertake to learn
Danish within a reasonably short period (a year or two). The annual
salary is at present approx. DKK 510.000, including a pension fund
contribution of approx.42.616,56.

The application should be marked 1998-211/1-*, and addressed to The
Rector, Aarhus University, Journalkontoret, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
Closing date: Monday 21 September 1998, 12 o'clock, midday. 

Documentation of qualifications (three copies if at all possible)
should not be enclosed, but sent separately to The Department of
Linguistics, Aarhus University, Willemoesgade 15D, DK-8200 Aarhus N,
Denmark. The documentation should be marked as above, and should

(a)	Publications and other written material which are submitted as
particularly relevant for the application;

(b)	a complete list of publications and other work, with an indication 
of which items are submitted as particularly relevant;

(c)	a curriculum vitae, including details of teaching and administrative
experience, language proficiencies, as well as research projects;

(d)	copies of academic diplomas and documentation of teaching

Applications are evaluated by a special selection committee, whose
recommendation is confidential, but will be sent to all applicants. 
The selection committee has the right to request further material from
applicants. Material sent on computer disks will not be considered.

The department is a small one, with at the moment only three members
of staff (lecturer level, one more lecturer will also be advertised
for 1999), c. 60 undergraduates, c. 20 MA students, and two ph.d.
students. The department further includes a Hungarian and a Finnish
lecturer. The present staff has competences in general linguistic
theory, grammatical analysis, pragmatics, conversation analysis,
language contact, and sociolinguistics. The department favours further
development in areas that are at present only partly covered, most
notably: second language acquisition, language change
(grammaticisation and lexical development), language typology, and
corpus linguistics. These areas are defined in explicit recognition of
the tasks of a linguistic science that exists in a social context
characterized by migration, international cooperation, and rapid
technological development. For further information about the post or
the department, please contact Hans Arndt, Head of Department,
Department of Linguistics, Aarhus University. Tel. (45) 8942 2146.
Fax (45) 8942 2175. E-mail LINHAHUM.AAU.DK. Cf. also
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