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Mon Oct 11 2010

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Groningen

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        1.    Johan Bos, Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Date: 08-Oct-2010
From: Johan Bos <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University of Groningen Job Location: Groningen, Netherlands Web Address:
Job Rank: PhD Student

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


2 PhD positions in Computational Semantics

Project 1: 'Computing Subordinating and Coordinating Discourse Relations'

On an abstract level, discourse relations can be divided into subordinatingand coordinating types. This project will study how the different types arelinguistically determined, and provide techniques for automaticallydetecting the two different types of discourse relations in open-domaintexts. In particular, it aims to explore the role of tense, thematic rolesand entailment relations of text segments.

Project 2: 'Robust Interpretation of Comparative Expressions'

The family of comparatives and equative expressions is known for its highvariety of syntactic constructions and interaction with ellipsis. The aimof this project is to define a classification of comparative expressionsuseful for automatically interpreting open-domain texts. It will investigateto what extent comparatives can be analysed lexically, and what furthertechniques are required to compute disambiguated semanticrepresentations.

Both projects are part of the Meaning Annotation Project and is concernedwith the development of a large-scale deep semantic annotation of text andits application of machine learning methods. The PhD candidates will besupervised by Prof. J. Bos.


- Master's degree in computational linguistics (or related field)- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study- experience in one or more of the following areas: formal/lexical/computational semantics, machine learning- programming experience- ability to work in a research team- good command of English.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of EUR 2,042 gross per month inthe first year to EUR 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figuresbased on full employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for aspecified period of four years. The position requires residence inGroningen, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result ina PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of thecandidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether theemployment will be continued.


The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the computational linguisticsgroup of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at theFaculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces allthe Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolledin the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

How to apply

You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 8 November 2010 bysending your application to (quoting vacancy nr.210309-10), or by accessing the online application form at the URL below.

Please include in your application:

- a letter of motivation in English to apply for this project;- a curriculum vitae;- a copy of diplomas and a list of grades;- a list of publications;- the names, affiliation and e-mail addresses of two academic referees.

You can apply for these jobs not later than 8 November 2010.Interviews will take place between November the 16th and November the 18th.The foreseen starting date of the positions is 1 January 2011.

For more information, send an email to the email address below.

Application Deadline: 08-Nov-2010 Email Address for Applications: Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof Johan Bos Email:

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