LINGUIST List 26.2998

Tue Jun 23 2015

Support: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics / Belgium

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <earnoldlinguistlist.org>


Date: 23-Jun-2015
From: Kris Heylen <kris.heylenkuleuven.be>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics, PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium
E-mail this message to a friend

Department: Linguistics Dep. - QLVL research group
Web Address: https://www.kuleuven.be/kuleuven/

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: KU Leuven (University of Leuven)

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Description:

PhD position in statistical modelling of terminological variation (2yrs + 2yrs renewable)

You will work as a PhD student on the interdisciplinary MARS project (MAchine Reading of patient recordS). This is a joint project of computer scientists, linguists, medical specialists and legal scholars, that addresses the fundamental problems for automatic information extraction from grammatically and lexically irregular language as it is used by medical professionals in hospital patient records. As such, you will do innovative research at the crossroads between the linguistic analysis of lexical variation and statistical NLP approaches to term extraction with an application in the medical domain. The linguistic contribution will focus on modelling the lexical and terminological variation through corpus-based and statistical analysis of recurrent, schematic and linguistically motivated variation patterns. Overall project supervisor is Marie-Francine Moens of the LIIR research group at the KU Leuven Computer Science department. Local linguistic supervisors are Ann Bertels and Kris Heylen. For a more detailed description, see http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/qlvl/MARS.html.

As a PhD student working on the project, you will develop your basic computer programming skills for handling large and diverse collections of linguistic data. You will explore different state-of-the-art statistical analysis techniques to identify typical variation patterns in the medical terminology of patient records and generalize these to new insights in the dynamics of lexical variation.

You have completed or are about to complete a Masters in linguistics, computational linguistics, or a similar discipline. If your main background is in linguistics, you have additionally specialized, gained experience or displayed a strong interest in computational and statistical analysis of language data. If your main background is in computer science, you have additionally specialized, gained experience or displayed a strong interest in dealing with natural language phenomena. You are ready to work in an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment. You are fluent in spoken and written English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset but not required at the time of application. However, since a substantial part of the data is in Dutch, you must be willing to acquire a practical reading knowledge during the project.

Applications Deadline: 15-Jul-2015

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Kris Heylen
        Belgium

Web Address for Applications: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/qlvl/Jobs.html#PhD

Contact Information:
        Kris Heylen
        Dept:Linguistics Dep. - QLVL research group
        Email:QLVLkuleuven.be
        Phone:+3216329998


Page Updated: 23-Jun-2015