LINGUIST List 20.3880

Thu Nov 12 2009

Jobs: Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva

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        1.    Sandrine Zufferey, Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Message 1: Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Date: 11-Nov-2009
From: Sandrine Zufferey <>
Subject: Corpus Linguistics; Pragmatics: Post Doc, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Geneva, Switzerland Department: Linguistics Job Location: Geneva, Switzerland Web Address:
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland,invites applications for a post-doctoral position in corpus linguistics,with applications to natural language processing. The successfulcandidate will be part of a group whose research focuses on machinetranslation of pragmatic phenomena. The candidate will participate inthe COMTIS SNSF project on the modeling of inter-sentential dependencies(connectives, anaphora, verbal tenses. etc) to improve the output ofmachine translation systems for the English/French pair. The tasksassociated to the position will include the selection of corpora, thedefinition of annotation guidelines for markers of inter-sententialdependencies, the design of tools for their semi-automatic location, andthe supervision of human annotators. The overall goal is to deliver anannotated resource to be used for statistical learning by other COMTISpartners.

Applicants will have received a PhD in linguistics, pragmatics ornatural language processing. Good knowledge of issues related tolanguage resources and their annotation is highly desirable. Excellentknowledge of both French and English is required. Previous experiencewith human or machine translation is a plus. The position is offered fortwo years. Review of the applications will start immediately and willcontinue until the position is filled. The appointment will start as soonas the necessary work permits and documents are obtained, preferably onMarch 1st, 2010.

How to applyApplicants should send a curriculum vitae and publication list, a shortstatement of interest, a summary of the PhD thesis (with URL of thedocument if available online), and names and email addresses of at leastthree references. Electronic applications are strongly preferred. Pleasesend your application to the both email addresses listed below, withPOSTDOC as the subject line. If electronic application is not possible,please send your application package to the address below.

Contact informationInformal inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Sandrine Zufferey( of Linguistics - Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesUniversity of GenevaCH-1211 Geneva 4 - Switzerland

About the institutionThe University of Geneva is one of the leading research universities inEurope and offers excellent working conditions, as well as a stimulatingscientific environment. More information about the Department ofLinguistics can be found at University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of femaleacademic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applicationsfrom women.

Application Deadline: 28-Feb-2010 Mailing Address for Applications:
Dr Sandrine Zufferey 2, Rue de Candolle Geneva 1211 Switzerland Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Dr Sandrine Zufferey Email: Phone: 41223797323 Fax: 41223797931