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LINGUIST List 17.342

Wed Feb 01 2006

Jobs: Computational Ling: Post Doc, Northwestern U

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        1.    Stefan Kaufmann, Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, IL, USA

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, IL, USA
Date: 31-Jan-2006
From: Stefan Kaufmann <kaufmannnorthwestern.edu>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, Northwestern University, IL, USA

University or Organization: Northwestern University
Department: Analytical Politics Group
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Computer Science


The Analytical Politics group at Northwestern University is seeking to fill a
postdoctoral research position for a project on 'Language and Political
Behavior.' This project brings together researchers from the Departments of
Linguistics, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, and Political Science
as part of the Northwestern Institute in Complex Systems (NICO). Its goal is to
analyze corpora of written and spoken political text in order to detect and
trace issues and opinions, tonality of documents, and to explore the
relationship between linguistic output and political behavior such as voting
patterns, interest group positioning, and survey data. The project will also
explore applications to political and reputational risk management. Initially,
the selected candidate's job will involve the application of Latent Semantic
Analysis and related techniques to transcripts of political speech such as
statements in legislative records, hearings, or positioning papers. At
subsequent stages, the candidate is expected to contribute actively to the
exploration of alternative methods and domains of application.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in Linguistics, Computer Science, or a
related area. Requirements include: (i) a solid theoretical background and
practical experience in quantitative methods in computational linguistics and/or
information retrieval; (ii) excellent programming skills in C/C++, scripting
languages, and data analysis software; and (iii) a strong motivation and proven
ability to work and publish collaboratively.

The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. The
initial appointment will be for 12 months, with the possibility of extension by
another 12 months, subject to performance on the job and availability of
funding. Financial compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the
candidate's qualification.

Prospective candidates should send their curriculum vitae, including list of
publications, to the address below.

Applicants should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to
the same address. For full consideration, application materials including
letters should arrive no later than February 20, 2006. For further information,
contact Stefan Kaufmann at kaufmannnorthwestern.edu.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and
applications from minority and women candidates are especially welcome. Hiring
is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Address for Applications:

Prof. Stefan Kaufmann
Department of Linguistics
Northwestern University
2016 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

Stefan Kaufmann
Email: kaufmannnorthwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-5779

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