LINGUIST List 28.386

Wed Jan 18 2017

Support: Computational Linguistics / Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 18-Jan-2017
From: victoria nyst <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD, Leiden University, Netherlands
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Department: Centre for Linguistics/Centre for Digital Humanit.
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Leiden University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics



Two PhD candidates, Leiden Center for Data Science (LCDS) research program

The Faculty of Humanities and the Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities (LUCDH) are looking for two PhD candidates, Leiden Center for Data Science (LCDS) research program (2 x 1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 16-424

Project description:

Candidates should have relevant domain expertise and will be trained in data scientific methods. You will carry out research at the Faculty of Humanities and the Leiden Centre Data Science, with intensive interaction with other PhD candidates through joint research and participation in training modules, workshops, and summer schools. Each PhD student will be jobssupervised by a domain expert from the Humanities Faculty and a data scientist.

Project 1. Exploring new methods in comparing sign language corpora: analysing cross-linguistic variation in the lexicon (dr. Victoria Nyst).

The candidate should have an MA in corpus and/or computational linguistics, with emphasis on collection and organization of lexical databases;
Familiarity with Python and Java (and Django) will be an asset, as well as familiarity with automated image analysis;
A basic command of a sign language or the willingness to acquire this is requested;
As some of the corpora are annotated in French, a basic knowledge of French is helpful.

Project 2. Detecting cross-linguistic Syntactic Differences Automatically (DeSDA) (prof. Sjef Barbiers)

The candidate should have an MA in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence or equivalent, with affinity to the research field of comparative syntax of natural language;
You should have familiarity with POS-tagging, parsing and data mining tools and be able to adapt these to the needs of the project, using programming languages, software packages and standards such as Java, C++, XML, PHP, Python, R, SQL and RDF.


Project-specific enquiries can be made to dr. Victoria Nyst, email for project 1 and Prof.dr. Sjef Barbiers, email for project 2.

For general enquiries and questions about LUCDH, please contact prof. Hilde De Weerdt, email

Information about the faculty of Humanities can be found at and about Leiden University at


Applications should be in English, and can be submitted by email no later than February 1, 2017 to email The PhD-projects should start before April 1, 2017.

Please ensure that you include the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:
- A detailed cv including 2 references;
- Course lists and grades;
- A brief cover letter motivating your interest.

Applications Deadline: 01-Feb-2017

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Victoria Nyst
        Eyckhof 3
        Leiden 2311BX

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof. H. de Weerdt

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