LINGUIST List 32.3013

Thu Sep 23 2021

Support: Computational Linguistics; English: PhD, Massey University

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 22-Sep-2021
From: Kristin Stock <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; English: PhD, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Department: School of Natural and Computational Sciences
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Massey University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics
Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Spatial Language
Required Language(s): English (eng)


We have two funded PhD scholarships available on the BioWhere project.

PhD 1 will focus on the development of methods to parse natural language text and will then use a range of machine/deep learning methods to georeference location descriptions from biological collections, including those held by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. A strong technical (computer science) background is essential, with skills in deep learning and natural language processing and/or geographic information/geospatial science an advantage.

PhD 2 will design and develop a self-learning gazetteer for New Zealand place names, with a particular focus on Māori place names, resolving a range of technical issues including matching place names and resolving inconsistent duplicate data. In addition, the student will work with iwi and hapū to elicit requirements for the gazetter and to collect place name data. This studentship requires technical (computer science) skills, including knowledge of databases and programming, with skills in deep/machine learning, natural language processing and/or geographic information/geospatial science an advantage. In addition, a willingness to apply social science research methods and work with stakeholders is essential. Knowledge of te Reo and te Ao Māori would be an advantage.

The scholarships will provide a stipend of NZ$27,500 and cover tuition fees. Applicants need to meet the University requirements for entry into the PhD programme, including a postgraduate degree in computer science, geospatial science with a strong computational element, computational linguistics or similar.

Please apply via the application link below, and include the following with your application:
- a cover letter stating the position/s you are interested in and explaining why you are interested in and suitable for the position
- your CV
- academic transcripts for all undergraduate and postgraduate study
- contact details for three referees

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Kristin Stock

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