[Elsnet-list] Job: 2 Research Associates in Bioinformatics/Information Extraction at University of Cambridge

Simone Teufel Simone.Teufel at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jun 25 13:04:18 CEST 2004

University of Cambridge
Computer Laboratory

Salary: £18,893 - £28,279 pa 
Limit of tenure: up to 36 months

Applications are invited for two Research Associates to develop
automatic information extraction (IE) from the biomedical
literature. The project will study adaptive textual information
extraction, initially tuned to literature about the important model
organism Drosophila, in order to extract and classify information
concerning gene function, gene expression patterns and gene regulatory
terms from Medline abstracts and relevant databases. The project is a
collaboration between the NLIP group in the Computer Laboratory
(http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/NL/) and the FlyBase
(http://www.flybase.org/) and FlyMine (http://www.flymine.org/) groups
in the Department of Genetics.

This project will build on existing technology in Cambridge for the
analysis of natural language text and for computer-based curation
(curation is the process of extracting and linking gene information to
the literature). Proposed start date: 1 October 2004 or as soon as
possible thereafter.


Post 1: 
Research in adaptive IE tools, parsing of free biomedical text and
development of an IE system building on existing code base mostly
implemented in C or Common Lisp.

Post 2:
Integration of the IE system into the data curation process,
development of interfaces between the IE system and existing web-based
automated work flows for curation and literature access, ensuring
compatibility with grid standards and protocols. This post will serve
as a liaison between the Computer Laboratory and Genetics.

Desirable qualifications and experience include:

Post 1: A PhD or equivalent experience in computational linguistics/
natural language engineering, particularly statistical NLP and
parsing, and information extraction/named entity recognition.
Programming: C(++) / Common Lisp, in a Unix/ Linux environment.

Post 2: A PhD, MSc or equivalent experience in computer
science. Programming: C(++), Unix/Linux, Java, XML/XSLT, Web
programming. An interest in one or more of: Web / Grid services,
Semantic Web Technologies (RDF, OWL), computational linguistics/ NLP,
information extraction, e-learning.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a completed PD18 form
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/, a full CV,
the names and addresses of three academic/professional referees to
Simone Teufel, Computer Laboratory, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3
Closing date: 21 July 2004.

For further information/job description, please email
Simone.Teufel at cl.cam.ac.uk

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