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LINGUIST List 17.3354

Thu Nov 16 2006

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Groningen

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        1.    Wyke Van der Meer, Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Date: 16-Nov-2006
From: Wyke Van der Meer <w.a.van.der.meerrug.nl>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Groningen, Netherlands

University or Organization: University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts
Department: Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG)
Web Address: http://www.rug.nl/let/onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/clcg/
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


Postdoc position (40%) in Computational Modeling of Linguistic Variation
(Vacancy number 206233)

The project 'Mutual Comprehensibility of Language Varieties in the
Lowlands: Attitudinal and Linguistic Determinants', funded by the
Flemish-Dutch Committee (Flemish FWO, Dutch NWO), aims to identify factors
determining how well Dutch varieties are understood by different Dutch
speakers, esp. linguistic factors such as the relative distance between
varieties), and the attitudes of interlocutors. The Universities of Leuven
and Groningen and the Radboud University collaborate in this research.

The University of Groningen subproject will develop and evaluate
computational models suitable for assaying the comprehensibility of one
variety for speakers of another. Although we shall attend to simple,
symmetric measures of distance between varieties such as lexical
(non-)overlap and pronunciation distance as realized by Levenshtein
distance (edit-distance), we are aware that comprehensibility is often
asymmetric: sometimes speakers of one variety understand speakers of
another better than vice versa. For this reason we are particularly
interested in asymmetric measures which seek to assess the complexity of
mapping from one variety to another, in particular conditional entropy.

The perfect candidate for this position would be enthusiastic about
applying techniques from computational linguistics to problems in language
variation and language contact. This will involve software development and
evaluation, but also intensive collaboration with non-computational linguists.


- A PhD in Linguistics, Computer Science or related field
- Research experience including relevant publications in the area of
computational linguistics
- Ability to work independently, and also to work together with other
- Willingness to learn Dutch

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period.
Duration of the contract: Three years, starting approx. 1 October 2007.
The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and
work experience up to a maximum of € 4140,- gross per month for a
full-time position.
Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from:

Prof. dr. ir. John Nerbonne, project supervisor
Tel. +31 50 3635815
Email: j.nerbonnerug.nl

Mrs. Wyke van der Meer, CLCG secretariat
Tel. +31 50 363 5806
Email: w.a.van.der.meerrug.nl

Or additional information can be obtained through the following links:


Application procedure

You can apply for this vacancy by sending your application to the address
below. E-mail address: vmpbureau.rug.nl

Please include
- Your curriculum vitae
- An A4 or letter-size copy of your diploma together with a list of grades
- A list of publications
- The names and email addresses of two referees

Please identify vacancy number 206233 in your letter.

Address for Applications:
University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Department
P.O. Box 72
Groningen 9700 AB

Application Deadline: 07-Jan-2007

Contact Information:
Wyke van der Meer
Email: w.a.van.der.meerrug.nl
Phone: +31 50 363 5806
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