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University of Edinburgh


College of Humanities and Social Science


School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences


Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Research Associate (full-time, fixed term)

Salary Scale:  £19,460 - £25,699  Grade AR1A


Closing Date:  5 May 2005


Vacancy Reference:  3004389


Further Particulars


The School of Philosophy Psychology and Language Sciences (Theoretical and Applied Linguistics) is seeking to hire a Research Associate to work on a 36 month (extendable to 3 years) US National Science Foundation funded project.



The Language-at-Edinburgh Community (http://www.hcrc.ed.ac.uk/language-at-edinburgh/) For over fifty years the University of Edinburgh has been home to a world-renowned community of researchers involved in the study of language and speech, one of the largest concentrations of language researchers in the world. There are rich collaborative links both within Edinburgh and externally, drawing together researchers from many different disciplines. Overall the community engages in the study of the formal, computational, statistical, psychological and neural aspects of language. MSc teaching and PhD supervision is shared across the community. As the field has grown, the names of the departments have changed, but the community has remained as lively and productive as ever.


The Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (TAAL) came into being in 1999 from the amalgamation of the Departments of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. In August 2002, the university's reorganization placed it within the new School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS). All departments in the School (TAAL, Psychology, Philosophy, English Language) were rated 5 or 5* in the last Research Assessment Exercise. Unusual in its breadth of expertise, TAA L runs undergraduate honours curricula and three taught MSc courses (Speech and Natural Language Processing, Applied Linguistics, Developmental Linguistics). A new MSc Programme in the Evolution of Language and Cognition will accept its first students in 2004. There is also a very active research postgraduate community, with between 80 and 100 students studying for MSc by Research, M.Litt. and Ph.D. across a spectrum of areas ranging from speech technology to social aspects of language learning. Over all these areas there are from 20-30 postdoctoral researchers at any one time.


Founded in 1984, the Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) (http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/) is a long-term collaboration among researchers in language sciences within the linguistic and computing sectors of the University of Edinburgh. CSTR links the School of Informatics with the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences via the department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, CSTR's founding department. CSTR is concerned with research in all areas of speech technology including speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech signal processing, spoken information access and multimodal interfaces. As of September 2004, it will consist of three academics and 16 other researchers.


The School of Informatics brought together the former Departments of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science, together with the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute. Informatics is the study of information and computation, in both natural and artificial systems. The School of Informatics possesses a combination of breadth and strength unparallelled elsewhere in the UK and is competitive worldwide; as an intellectual endeavour it is strikingly original. The School is the only university grouping in the UK to have achieved a 5*A rating in Computer Science in the 2001 RAE round. With 87 research-active staff submitted for assessment, it is the UK's biggest research group in this area.


The Human Communication Research Centre (http://www.hcrc.ed.ac.uk/) was founded in 1989 by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to principal investigators in the Universities of Edinburgh (Centre for Cognitive Science, now the Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems (ICCS)) and Department of Linguistics), Glasgow (Psychology), and Durham (Psychology). Now within the School of Informatics, HCRC remains as an interdisciplinary research centre, with strong links to the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS).


TAAL and HCRC maintain up-to-date computational hardware, software and digital resources. There are teaching laboratories, experimental laboratories, and facilities for professional recordings of individuals and groups. New laboratory facilities in 2004 include an interactive eyetracking laboratory and an instrumented meeting room.


The University of Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/) is a world-class university situated in the heart of Scotland's capital. It is now one of the largest in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence in a large array of subjects. The University is organised into three colleges: the College of Humanities and Social Science; the College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The first two colleges are 'parents' of units involved in the JAST project. The Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science is Professor Vicki Bruce; the Head of the School of PPLS is Mr Michael Menlowe; and the head of TAAL is Dr Ellen Gurman Bard. The Head of the College of Science and Engineering is Professor Grahame Bulfield; the Head of the School of Informatics is Professor Michael Fourman; the head of ICCS is Professor Mark Steedman; the head of HCRC is Professor Johanna Moore. The directors of the Joint Eyetracking Laboratory are Dr Ellen Gurman Bard and Professor Martin Pickering.


The City The City of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/city) has a rich cultural life, culminating in the annual International Festival of Music and Drama, International Film Festival, and International Jazz Festival, and the Science Festival. There are numerous public and private art galleries, two concert halls, and several theatres. Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful capital cities, with a rich legacy of medieval, Renaissance and Georgian architecture.



IMAP"Tracking Multi-modal communication in Humans and Agents", The project is funded under a US National Science Foundation (Division of Information and Intelligent Systems), grant to Max Louwerse, Art Graesser, and Xiangen Hu of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis in collaboration with Ellen Gurman Bard and Mark Steedman of the University of Edinburgh. The goal of the project is to improve the linguistic and psychological validity of automatically generated speech intonation and facial gesture within the context of instructional dialogues. The work will combine expertise at human-machine and human-human dialogue with expertise at automatic generation of intonation and gesture. At Edinburgh, the project is housed in HCRC and TAAL.


The project addresses the problem of automatically generating speech with intonation and facial animation appropriate to its linguistic and discourse content. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will participate in the design and analysis of multi-modal communication experiments that will provide basic data on the use of different communicative modalities within the same dialogue structures and information states, and will help to develop tests of the efficacy of simulated versions of human modality use.


We now seek a post-doctoral researcher for the IMAP project. Candidates must have a PhD in psycholinguistics, laboratory phonetics, computational linguistics, cognitive science or a related field of linguistics or by June, 2005, or equivalent research experience. Applicants should have a good grasp of statistics used in psycholinguistic research. The ideal candidate will have experience with analysis of prosody, of facial expression, or of discourse structure, preferably within experimental or studies of dialogue, and/or the design of dialogue annotation systems. Some UNIX-based programming skills are necessary. A willingness to develop such skills further in a computationally rich environment would be a distinct advantage. Candidates should demonstrate an interest in modelling language behaviour, good organizational skills, and an ability to manage assistants and to work to deadlines in an interdisciplinary team. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the design of dialogue experiments, to organize the systematic coding of the behaviour of human interlocutors, and to analyze the relationships holding among coding levels in various experimentally induced conditions. The post is funded for 27 months (extendable to three years) to start as soon as possible.


Teaching.  This is not a teaching post. Nonetheless, there are opportunities to develop teaching skills by contributing up to several hours a week to tutoring, laboratory demonstration, or lecturing in the candidate's speciality.


Duties and main responsibilities of the post: - · Helping to plan and design experimental paradigms for multimodal data collection · Helping to develop and apply coding and annotation systems in collaboration with the principal investigators · Managing student coders and arranging quality control for coded results. · Analysing experimental results · Working with the entire JAST team to report, review, and plan portions of the project · Participating in preparation and delivery of project reports, journal articles and conference presentations.



Essential Minimum Qualifications 1. A PhD in a relevant area or equivalent research experience 2. Active research expertise in human language behaviour 3. Basic Unix programming skills


Desirable Experience/Qualifications 1. Experience in research on spoken dialogue, speech prosody, facial expression, or information structure, particularly research using eye-tracking techniques. 2. Experience with statistical techniques for psycholinguistics 3. Familiarity with dialogue or discourse coding and annotation systems 4. Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team


Nature of Appointment  Salary Scale: AR1A £19,460 - £25,699 p.a. The post is tenable from any date after the completion of the interviews.



Postal Application forms and details of Further Particulars can be obtained from Human Resources, University of Edinburgh, Charles Stewart House, 9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HS, or Tel 0131 650 2511 (24 hour answering service).

Applications should include: · a curriculum vitae, · the application form · an example of your published work or failing that, a short thesis chapter · letters of reference from two named referees, these may arrive by email in the first instance and should be forwarded to:  Ms Shirley Cairns Appointments Secretary School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences 7 George Square Edinburgh EH9 9JZ PPLSAppointments at ed.ac.uk <mailto:PPLSAppointments at ed.ac.uk>  by the closing date listed of May 5th 2005. We cannot guarantee to consider late applications.  Please complete the equal opportunities form and return in the separate prepaid envelope.


For those who wish to apply on-line, please follow the on-line application procedure at http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk <http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/> 



The closing date for receipt of applications is 5 May 2005.


Please ensure that two academic references are sent to the address above to arrive no later than 5 May 2004. The curriculum vitae will be held in strict confidence by the Selection Committee.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a presentation on their current research during May 2005.


Interviews will be held on 27th May 2005.


Please quote reference no: 3004389



These particulars are issued by Human Resources, 9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh. They are intended to represent an accurate description of the duties at the time of writing, although this accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The University reserves the right to vary these particulars or make no appointment at all. Neither in part nor in whole do these particulars form any contract between the University and any individual. 



This post will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure check. 



Shirley Cairns
Appointments Secretary
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
7 George Square
Edinburgh  EH8 9JZ
Tel (0131) 651 3083
Fax (0131) 650 3461
PPLSAppointments at ed.ac.uk


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