[Elsnet-list] Post-doc and PhD positions in Tilburg

Antal van den Bosch Antal.vdnBosch at uvt.nl
Thu May 18 21:56:51 CEST 2006

PhD and postdoc positions in memory-based language modeling and  
machine translation in Tilburg


The Induction of Linguistic Knowledge (ILK) research group of Tilburg  
University's Department of Language and Information Science (Faculty  
of Arts) has openings for a full-time PhD student (four years) and a  
full-time postdoc researcher (three years).

The two positions, funded by the Netherlands Organization for  
Scientific Research (NWO), are part of the NWO VICI project "Implicit  
linguistics: Machine learning of text-to-text processing", with  
project leader Antal van den Bosch, focusing on memory-based language  
modeling and machine translation. Memory-based language modeling is a  
classification-based take on the classical problem of predicting the  
next or the missing word in a sequence, and has applications ranging  
from spelling correction to language modeling for speech recognition  
and machine translation. Memory-based machine translation,  
analogously, is a new classification-based implementation of example- 
based machine translation. Underlying both goals is the development  
of highly scalable memory-based classifiers (based on the TiMBL class  
of algorithms developed at Tilburg University) trained on very large  
monolingual and bilingual textual corpora.

We are looking for enthusiastic and competent researchers to enrich  
the current ILK research group, which since its inception in the  
early 1990s has focused on machine learning applications in natural  
language processing, and to complete the five-person team for this  
particular project, which also consists of two scientific programmers  
and the project leader.

Profile PhD student

For the PhD position, we are looking for an academically oriented  
person with an MSc (or equivalent) in computer science, natural  
language processing, or artificial intelligence. Familiarity with  
machine learning and natural language processing is an advantage, as  
is a proficiency in written and spoken English. Programming skills (C 
(++), Perl, Python, or Java) are a pro.

Profile Post-doc researcher

For the postdoc, we are looking for a researcher with a PhD in  
computational linguistics, computer science, or a related area,  
preferably with a proven record in machine learning of natural  
language, or in data-driven methods for machine translation. The  
project calls for an all-round team player who knows how to do  
fundamental research, and who enjoys creating natural language  
processing software.

Application and more information

Applications should include cover letter, CV, and names of two  
references.  Application letters should be sent before the  
application deadline of June, 21, 2006, by regular mail to mr. P. van  
Balen, Human Resources, Faculty of Arts, Room Y302, Tilburg  
University, P.O. Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands, or  
by email to solliciterenFDL at uvt.nl. In your letter, please refer to  
vacancy code 810.06.04 for the PhD position or 810.06.05 for the  
postdoc researcher position. More detailed information on salary and  
other terms of employment can be found on http://ilk.uvt.nl/jobs/ 
ilk2006-vici/ . For more background information please contact Antal  
van den Bosch via email (Antal.vdnBosch at uvt.nl) or phone  


http://ilk.uvt.nl - ILK Research Group
http://www.uvt.nl - Tilburg University

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