LINGUIST List 27.4806

Wed Nov 23 2016

Support: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics / Spain

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 23-Nov-2016
From: Gemma Boleda <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics, PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Semantics


2 PhD positions on computational approaches to reference with memory-enhanced neural networks

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Applications are welcome for 2 PhD student positions on computational approaches to reference with memory-enhanced neural networks. The positions are for at most 4 years, and will be funded by a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to the project AMORE: A distributional MOdel of Reference to Entities (


We seek outstanding researchers with a genuine interest in how human language, communication, and cognition work, with any of the following backgrounds: Machine learning, specifically deep learning (of special interest are recurrent models and models with dynamic trainable memories); Computer Vision and the integration of Language and Vision; Computational semantics, formal semantics, and computational approaches to discourse (particularly on topics related to reference, including DRT or similar frameworks, coreference and anaphora, conceptual aspects of meaning, and distributional semantics).

Experience on specific project topics is not required. Candidates are expected to have excellent analysis and abstraction skills, and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

If you think that your background is relevant to the research program of the project (see and you have good programming and quantitative skills, please do get in touch even if you do not fit the profiles above.

Research Environment

Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a small, research-oriented, highly international institution (, placed 15th worldwide in Times Higher Education ranking ''150 under 50''.

The project will be carried out at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences in the Communication Campus of UPF (, rich in researchers working on Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science, and specifically on Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing. The AMORE team will strengthen the already strong profile of the university in these areas.

Barcelona is a unique city, with a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan culture, and very livable (

Dates and Application

PhD positions start October 2017; earlier starting date possible, as a research assistant. Applications received by December 15 2016 will receive full consideration.

Applications including a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position and how your profile fits the project, CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent as a single PDF file to Gemma Boleda (gemma DOT boleda AT upf DOT edu). We aim at building a diverse team; all applications are welcome, especially those of female researchers and members of other underrepresented collectives.

Applications Deadline: 15-Dec-2016

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Gemma Boleda
        Universitat Pompeu Fabra
        Roc Boronat 138
        Barcelona 08018

Contact Information:
        Gemma Boleda

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