LINGUIST List 29.3013

Thu Jul 26 2018

Support: Computational Linguistics: PhD, Utrecht University

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Date: 26-Jul-2018
From: Yoad Winter <y.winteruu.nl>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS

Web Address: https://www.uu.nl/en/research/utrecht-institute-of-linguistics-ots

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Utrecht University

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


Description:

PhD position in Data-Driven Computational Semantics and Geographic Information Systems -- Utrecht University

Job Description:
The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS) invites applications for a PhD position in data-driven computational semantics. The project will develop computational models of spatial meaning that are theoretically grounded in linguistic and cognitive theories of meaning. This novel combination of semantic representation, data-driven learning and evaluation against a real-life problem is expected to substantially advance the ability of users to interact with geographic databases, including question-answering interactive systems.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Tejaswini Deoskar and Prof. Yoad Winter, in collaboration with Dr. Joost Zwarts and NLP researchers from the Language and Computation group at the ILLC, University of Amsterdam (Prof. Khalil Sima’an, Dr. Jelle Zuidema). The empirical study of elicited user data will be carried out in collaboration with Prof. James Hampton (Psychology, City, University of London). Work at the UiL OTS will be part of the ROCKY project, financed by an ERC Advanced grant to Prof. Yoad Winter.

Requirements:
The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in artificial intelligence, machine-learning and computer science as well as an interest in formal semantics. Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in computational linguistics or a related domain (artificial intelligence, machine learning and/or computer science). Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.

Qualifications:
The successful applicant for this position should have a strong background in artificial intelligence, machine-learning and computer science as well as an interest in formal semantics. Applicants should ideally hold, or be about to complete, an excellent Master's degree in Computational Linguistics or a related domain (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and/or Computer Science). Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.

Offer:
The successful candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term full-time basis (1.0 FTE), starting 1 September 2018 or soon thereafter. The appointment is initially for a period of 18 months. Upon good performance and a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended for the remaining period of 30 months (4 years in total). The gross monthly salary starts at €2,266 in the first year, and ends at €2,897 (Scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

To Apply:
Applications are only accepted through the job interface of the Utrecht University found at the application link below.
The application deadline is September 1, 2018.
Interviews will be held on September 17, 2018.

Additional information:
Project Director: Yoad Winter - http://www.phil.uu.nl/~yoad
Research Coordinator at UiL OTS: Maaike Schoorlemmer - m.schoorlemmeruu.nl

Applications Deadline: 01-Sep-2018

Web Address for Applications: https://bit.ly/2v9BfqH

Contact Information:
        Prof. Yoad Winter
        y.winteruu.nl


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