[Elsnet-list] Job offer: Post-doc in Information extraction & ontologies

Cédrick Fairon cedrick.fairon at uclouvain.be
Tue Jan 10 15:44:30 CET 2006

Job offer: Post-doc in Information extraction & ontologies

Centre for Natural Language Processing – CENTAL


Université catholique de Louvain

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

“B-Ontology” is a collaborative project between CENTAL, an NLP  
research centre at the University of Louvain (Belgium), and the  
Belgian national press agency Belga (http://www.belga.be). It is  
funded by the Brussels Fund for Research and Development (IRSIB). The  
objective is to build an information extraction system specialized in  
biographical information extraction and management. The information  
system will be accessible to Belga journalists as a source of  
information and a productivity tool. It will be fully integrated in  
the Belga workflow so that all incoming and outgoing press sources  
(in French, Dutch and English) will be monitored.

To reinforce the B-Ontology research team, we are recruiting a post- 
doc (up to 18 months).

The ideal candidate:
-       has a PhD in Computational linguistics, Linguistics or  
Computer science (or another close and relevant discipline).

-     has experience in Ontologies and Information extraction (or sub  
fields: Named Entities Recognition, Anaphora Resolution, etc.)

-     is a good programmer, with relevant experience in programming  
(C or C++, Java, Perl or Python, etc.)

-     has a good knowledge of database engineering

-     has a good understanding of the lexicon-grammar theory (M. Gross)

-     has a good command of the Open-Source Linguistic platform  
Unitex (http://www-igm.univ-mlv.fr/~unitex/)

-     has a very good command of Dutch (writing and speaking: either  
first language or high education degree), English and French.

-     is a hard worker... has a good team spirit

The Post-doc will be mainly involved in:
-       the design and development of the Dutch and English version  
of the IE system;

-       the design and the development of the Information System for  
storing and managing the extracted biographical information (which  
involves, DB & ontologies development);

-       the conception and the development of the query interface;

-       transfer of knowledge (i.e. advising and coaching younger  

The researcher will work at the University of Louvain, in a very  
stimulating and challenging environment where he/she will collaborate  
with the CENTAL team (10 people) and will be in close close contact  
with the Belga team.
Duration of the contract: up to 18 months

Additional information
For additional information about the vacancy please contact:
Prof. Cédrick Fairon
fairon at tedm.ucl.ac.be
Director of CENTAL
Faculté de philosophie et lettres
Université catholique de Louvain
Place Blaise Pascal, 1
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Tel.: +32 10 47 37 88
Fax : +32 10 47 26 06

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