LINGUIST List 23.940

Fri Feb 24 2012

Jobs: Computational Semantics: Post Doc, Università di Trento

Editor for this issue: Christy Bird <>

Date: 23-Feb-2012
From: Roberto Zamparelli <>
Subject: Computational Semantics: Post Doc, Università di Trento, Rovereto, TN, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy
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University or Organization: Università di Trento Department: DISCOF Job Location: Rovereto, TN, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy Web Address:
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Semantics; Computational Semantics


The CIMeC-CLIC laboratory of the University of Trento, an interdisciplinarygroup of researchers studying language and conceptualization using bothcomputational and cognitive methods (, announcesthe availability of 1 (renewable) 2-year Post-Doc position.

The scholarship is funded by a 5-year European Research Council StartingGrant awarded to the COMPOSES (COMPositional Operations inSEmantic SPACE) project (, that aims atmodeling composition in distributional semantics. The project is expected tohave strong impact on both theoretical and computational semantics, aswell as their cognitive underpinnings.

Desired Profile:- Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we seek a brilliantresearcher with a profile in formal and/or computational semantics (areas ofspecial interest: Montague Grammar and its derivatives, categorialgrammar)- It is preferable that the candidate possess at least basic programmingskills and a reasonable knowledge of statistics- The candidate will be expected to have an interest in working in aninterdisciplinary environment, since the other participants in the project arecomputational and theoretical linguists, psycholinguistsand machine learning experts

The Research Environment:The CLIC lab ( is a unit of the University of Trento'sCenter for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC,, anEnglish-speaking, interdisciplinary center for research on brain andcognition whose staff includes neuroscientists, psychologists,(computational) linguists, computer scientists and physicists.

CLIC consists of researchers from the Departments of Computer Science(DISI) and Cognitive Science (DISCoF) carrying out research on a rangeof topics including concept acquisition, corpus-based computationalsemantics, combining NLP and computer vision, combining brain andcorpus data to study cognition, formal semantics and theoretical linguistics.Modeling composition in distributional semantics is increasingly a focuspoint of CLIC, and activity in this area is growing considerably thanks toCOMPOSES funds.

CLIC is part of the larger network of research labs focusing on NaturalLanguage Processing and related domains in the Trento region, that isquickly becoming one of the areas with the highest concentration ofresearchers in NLP and related fields anywhere in Europe.

The CLIC/CIMeC laboratories are located in beautiful Rovereto, a livelytown in the middle of the Alps, close to North lake Garda, famous for itscontemporary art museum, the quality of its wine, and the range of outdoorssport and relax opportunities it offers:

Application Information:For further information, please send an expression of interest, attaching a CV. The position is availableimmediately and open until filled.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Roberto Zamparelli Email:

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