LINGUIST List 32.3451

Tue Nov 02 2021

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Data Science Consultant: Machine Learning, University of Zurich

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Date: 02-Nov-2021
From: Agnes Kolmer <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Data Science Consultant: Machine Learning, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Zurich
Department: Linguistic Research Infrastructure
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Data Science Consultant: Machine Learning

Job Rank: Consultant

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Machine Learning, Computer Science, Statistics


The Linguistic Research Infrastructure technology platform (LiRI, is a newly established service unit with integrated facilities for large-volume data processing and empirical science. We work on the design and implementation of a research infrastructure that allows linguists and other researchers to work on language-related data, and to collect, extract and analyze large data sets. LiRI offers a wide range of high-end measurement devices for recording behavioral (e.g., eye-tracking, electromagnetic articulography, ultrasound, electro glottography, myography) and neuropsychological (e.g., EEG, NIRS, brainstem response) data as well as linguistic data from corpora with a large variety of data types (e.g., high dimensional time series, image and video data). The launch of LiRI at the University of Zurich aims at making Switzerland more internationally competitive in experimental and Big Data based language and speech research.

Your responsibilities:
As a LiRI data science consultant specialized in machine learning (ML) you will provide theoretical and practical support to linguistic researchers. You will develop and evaluate ML algorithms (deep learning-based and traditional ML methods) for a variety of tasks on language-related data and interpret and explain the models. In addition, you will assist researchers in formally writing-up the procedures for publication.

Your profile:
As an ideal candidate you have a degree in ML or a related area and experience with language or speech data analysis. Also, candidates with a degree in linguistics, language or speech sciences and strong expertise in ML or data science are encouraged to apply. Practical proficiency with the implementation of ML algorithms and the relevant programming languages and packages (e.g., Python, Matlab, tensorflow, pytorch, scikit-learn) is a prerequisite. Great emphasis is placed on teamwork and on multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential.

What we offer:
We offer a highly interdisciplinary and inspiring scientific work and university environment with a long-term contractual perspective. The data scientist will actively collaborate with other data science platforms, with the newly launched NCCR Evolving Language ( as well as with partners in industry. We strongly aim at gender diversity, and we particularly encourage women to apply.

Place of work:
The successful candidate will join the LiRI team at Zurich (Campus Oerlikon, Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich).

Start of employment: Earliest starting date for the position is January 2022.

Further information:
In case of further questions or informal discussions about the position, contact Professor Volker Dellwo at the email address below.

Applications must include:
- a cover letter stating your motivation
- a CV
- a list of publications (optional)
- a max. 1 page summary of the most challenging ML task(s) you solved
- names and email contacts of three referees

Before compiling your application, please check on the following webpage that the position is still open:

Please send your application as a single PDF file to the application email address below. Review of applications starts November 22.

Application Deadline: 22-Nov-2021 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof Volker Dellwo

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