[Elsnet-list] job announcements University of Leuven

Yves Peirsman yves.peirsman at arts.kuleuven.be
Wed Aug 16 15:20:10 CEST 2006


JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

The research unit Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics
(http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/qlvl/) at the University of Leuven
invites applications for one post-doctoral position (01.10.2006 -
30.09.2009) and one PhD position (01.10.2006 - 30.09.2010) in the
research project "Sociolectometry and lexical variation" (OT 3H051085).
This project wishes to contribute to the development of a quantitative,
corpus-based lexical sociolectometry. It compares, on the basis of
available Dutch corpora, three types of variation: formal 
onomasiological variation, conceptual onomasiological variation, and 
speaker and situation related variation among subcorpora. An important 
part of the project consists of the incorporation of methods of 
automatic semantic analysis into the lectometric framework developed 
earlier by the research unit.


REQUIREMENTS

- for the post-doctoral position:

   Candidates must have completed all requirements for their PhD degree
   by the time of appointment. The ideal candidate should have one of the
   following profiles:
   a) expertise in computational linguistics, preferably with a focus on
      word sense disambiguation
   b) expertise in sociolinguistics, if possible with a focus on
      lectometric research
   c) expertise in corpus linguistics, preferably with a focus on the
      analysis of language variation.

   Candidates with experience in the statistical analysis of natural
   language and/or the use of scripting languages are especially
   encouraged to apply.

- for the PhD position:

   Candidates must have completed all requirements for their MA degree
   in linguistics by the time of appointment. The ideal candidate
   should have a strong research interest, with demonstrable familiarity
   with either of the following fields: sociolinguistics, language
   variation, stylometric and lectometric research, lexicology and
   lexical semantics, corpus linguistics.

   Computational skills will be considered an asset.

- for both positions:

   Because the successful candidates will work together with each other
   and one other PhD student as members of a project group, team spirit
   is indispensable.

   Knowledge of Dutch is not required at the time of application, but
   non-native candidates will be asked to acquire a working knowledge
   of Dutch in the first year of their employment.


FURTHER INFORMATION

A full description of the project and additional information about
the vacancies can be obtained from Dirk Geeraerts or Dirk Speelman, who
will supervise the project.

Funding is guaranteed as of October 1, 2006, but according to the
availability of the candidates, employment may start between October
1, 2006 and January 1, 2007.

Dirk Geeraerts  E-mail: dirk.geeraerts at arts.kuleuven.be
                 Phone: ++32 16 32 48 15    Fax: ++32 16 32 47 67
                 Surface mail: Department of Linguistics,
                               Blijde-Inkomststraat 21,
                               B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Dirk Speelman   E-mail: dirk.speelman at arts.kuleuven.be
                 Phone: ++32 16 32 48 07    Fax: ++32 16 32 47 67
                 Surface mail: Department of Linguistics,
                               Blijde-Inkomststraat 21,
                               B-3000 Leuven, Belgium


APPLICATIONS

Please send applications to both Dirk Geeraerts and Dirk Speelman.
E-mail applications should be sent in pdf format. Please include:
- a statement of your research interests
- a full CV
- (for the post-doctoral position only) two sample publications
- the names and e-mail addresses of two referees

Closing date: 1st September 2006


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