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LINGUIST List 21.3111

Thu Jul 29 2010

Jobs: Multiple Arabic Dialects; Speech Processing: Post Doc, Qatar U

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        1.    Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Multiple Arabic Dialects; Language and Speech Processing: Post Doc, Qatar University, Qatar

Message 1: Multiple Arabic Dialects; Language and Speech Processing: Post Doc, Qatar University, Qatar
Date: 28-Jul-2010
From: Mark Hasegawa-Johnson <jhasegawillinois.edu>
Subject: Multiple Arabic Dialects; Language and Speech Processing: Post Doc, Qatar University, Qatar
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University or Organization: Qatar University
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Job Location: Doha, Qatar
Web Address: http://isle.illinois.edu/dialect/postdoc.shtml
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language and Speech Processing

Required Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
                            Arabic, Gulf Spoken (afb)
                            Arabic, South Levantine Spoken (ajp)
                            Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (apc)
                            Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (ary)
                            Arabic, Egyptian Spoken (arz)

Description:

Position Open: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Research Title: Multi-dialect phrase-based speech recognition and machine
translation for Qatari broadcast TV
Institution: Qatar University
Annual Salary: QAR180,000 (about US$50,000)+benefits
Minimum Degree Requirement: Ph.D.
Starting: Autumn 2010
For more information: http://isle.illinois.edu/dialect/postdoc.shtml

The goals of this research are to develop tightly integrated algorithms for
Arabic-language speech recognition and machine translation, and to test
learning algorithms that share data among multiple Arabic dialects. Lexical
forms in Gulf Arabic, Standard Arabic, Levantine Arabic and Maghrebi Arabic
are often built from similar roots, but with different morpho-phonological
realizations and inflections/clitics. Translation and pronunciation
lexicons developed for this research will share data across dialects, and
will therefore also learn to share data across the many different derived
forms of each semantic root. By applying statistical methods to the
interface between semantics and morphology, it is our intention that the
person taking this position will prove the utility of an entirely new way
of thinking about Arabic natural language processing.

This position is based at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. Starting salary is
QAR180,000 per year, plus accommodation, education allowance for up to
three children, health insurance, annual air travel, and vacation for the
post-doc, spouse, and children (according to QU HR policies). The
successful candidate will be part of an international research team
including Eiman Mustafawi (Qatar), Rehab Duwairi (Qatar), Mark
Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois, USA), Elabbas Benmamoun
(Illinois), and Roxana Girju (Illinois). Candidate should have a Ph.D. and
research publications in speech recognition, machine translation, or a
related field, and should have programming, mathematical, and linguistic
skills sufficient to conduct independent research in these areas.

For full consideration, send CV, one sample publication, two recommendation
letters, and cover letter by August 31, 2010 to Dr. Eiman Mustafawi, Qatar
University, eimanmustqu.edu.qa. Late submissions will be accepted until
the position is filled.

Application Deadline: 31-Aug-2010

Email Address for Applications: eimanmustqu.edu.qa
Contact Information:
Assistant Professor Eiman Mustafawi
Email: eimanmustqu.edu.qa

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