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LINGUIST List 20.502

Tue Feb 17 2009

Support: Comp Ling, Discourse Analysis: PhD Student, U of Groningen

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        1.    Wyke van der Meer, Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Message 1: Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Date: 16-Feb-2009
From: Wyke van der Meer <w.a.van.der.meerrug.nl>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Discourse Analysis: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: University of Groningen
Department: Center for Language and Cognition
Web Address: http://www.rug.nl/let/onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/clcg/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis


Ph.D. position (100%) in Computational analysis of coherence relations in Dutch
(vacancy number AT209075)

University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts
Center for Language and Cognition

The research groups Discourse and Communication and Computational Linguistics
are looking for a Ph.D. student to participate in the NWO-funded research
programme Modelling Textual Organisation (http://www.let.rug.nl/mto). This
programme studies the organisation of text into structural units by means of
coherence (discourse relations between clausal and larger units) and cohesion
(lexico-semantic relations between words in textual units). The programme is
organised around two related Ph.D. projects, focussing on coherence and
cohesion, respectively. Both projects contribute to and then work with an
annotated corpus of expository and persuasive Dutch texts.

We are inviting applications for one of these Ph.D. projects (the other project
is already underway). The successful candidate will study the mechanisms that
are used to establish coherence in Dutch texts by focusing on three
computational research questions:
(1) To what extent can syntactic pre-processing of text contribute to the task
of annotating discourse structure?
(2) To what extent can discourse relations be added to a text automatically?
(3) Does annotation of discourse relations contribute to automatic summarization
of text?

- Master's degree in (Computational) Linguistics, Computer Science, or a related
- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study
- knowledge of Dutch or the willingness to learn it
- ability to work together with other researchers

Conditions of employment:
- Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
- Duration of the contract: Four years (100%), starting as soon as possible.
- The positions require residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research, and must
result in a Ph.D. dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment
of the candidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether the
employment will be continued.
- The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2042 gross per month in the
first year to € 2612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full
employment) .

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Gosse Bouma
(principal advisor; see contact information below) and Ms. Wyke van der Meer,
secretariat CLCG (Tel. +31 50 3635806; E-mail: w.a.van.der.meerrug.nl)

Additional information can also be obtained through the following links:

You can apply for these vacancies before 15 March 2009 by sending your
application by mail to the address provided below, or by e-mail to vmprug.nl.

Interviews will take place as soon as possible after the application deadline.

Please include
- a letter of application
- your CV
- a copy of your diplomas and a list of grades
- a list of publications (if applicable)
- the names and e-mail addresses of two referees
- a short statement (no more than 2,000 words) about your motivation to apply
for this project

When applying for this project, please quote the vacancy number AT209075.

Applications Deadline: 15-Mar-2009

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Department Personnel & Organisation
        University of Groningen
        P.O. Box 72
        Groningen 9700 AB

Web Address for Applications: vmprug.nl

Contact Information:
        Dr. Gosse Bouma
        Tel. +31 50 3635937

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