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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Application Deadline: 22-Aug-2012
Supporting Institution: King's College London
Philosophy
LL Issue: 23.3164
Posted: 23-Jul-2012
Support Description: ESRC funded PhD Studentship in Computational Linguistics

This studentship is attached to an ESRC Professorial Fellowship on the
Probabilistic Representation of Linguistic Knowledge recently awarded to Shalom
Lappin in the Department of Philosophy, King's College London. It will be held in
the Department of Philosophy at King's, in the Linguistics PhD program.

It will start on October 1, 2012 and run for three years until September 30,
2015.

The PhD student's research will address the connection between the stochastic
modeling of syntactic knowledge (linguistic competence generally), and the
probabilistic representation of knowledge in other cognitive domains. He/she will
consider the relationship between probabilistic learning models and stochastic
representations of the target class of learning. He/she will be encouraged to write
an innovative dissertation on the central theoretical issues in cognitive modeling
that drive the project. He/she will co-author project papers and attend conferences.
The student will receive training in core theoretical and implementational aspects
of computational linguistics and natural language processing. He/she will be
introduced to current issues in cognitive science, particularly as these bear on the
concerns of the project.

Full ESRC studentship support (annual stipend of £15,590 plus home/EU tuition
fees) is normally available only to students who (a) have been ordinarily resident in
the United Kingdom for the previous three years; (b) other than citizens of
European Union countries, whose residence during that period has not been wholly
or mainly for the purposes of full-time education; and (c) who have permission to
reside permanently in the United Kingdom. EU students who do not meet the
above criteria may be eligible for a fees only studentship. Potential applicants who
are uncertain as to their eligibility should contact Jennie Eldridge
(jennie.eldridge Linguist List kcl.ac.uk).

The studentship will be associated with the Language, Media & Culture (LMC)
framework within King's Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre
(KISS-DTC), which is an ESRC approved Doctoral Training Centre for Theme 10.
One of the components of the LMC framework is Language, Discourse, and
Communication.

Candidates should have a strong MA (or equivalent degree) in linguistics,
philosophy, computer science, or cognitive science. Interested applicants should
send a full CV, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of interest to Shalom
Lappin at shalom.lappin Linguist List kcl.ac.uk by August 22.

Enquiries can also be sent to this email address.
Application Web Address: https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk/
Contact Information: Professor Shalom Lappin
shalom.lappin@kcl.ac.uk
Phone:44-(0)20-7848 2541