[Elsnet-list] Final reminder: PhD studentship in question answering

Constantin Orasan c.orasan at wlv.ac.uk
Tue Apr 10 13:56:35 CEST 2007

                     [Apologies for cross-postings]

     (£10,000 first year, £11,000 second year, £12,000 third year)

                     Closing date: 16th April 2007

Application deadline: 16th April 2007
Start date: as soon as possible

The Research Group in Computational Linguistics, University of
Wolverhampton invites applications for a three-year-funded PhD
studentship in Computational Linguistics. The successful candidate is
expected to carry out research in the domain of question answering. We
are looking for candidates with a good honours degree in Computational
Linguistics, Computer Science or Information Sciences, with programming
skills and some experience in Natural Language Processing.

Required skills:

      * degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science or
        Information Sciences
      * experience with at least one of the following: Java, Perl, C
        ++, .NET
      * experience in Natural Language Processing
      * good command of the English language

Desirable skills:

      * Master's degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science
        or Information Sciences
      * experience in question answering and/or information extraction
      * familiarity with a wide range of programming environments and
        operating systems

Applications should be sent to

Dr. Constantin Orasan
School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
University of Wolverhampton
Stafford St.
United Kingdom
E-mail: C.Orasan at wlv.ac.uk

and must include:

      * completed application form (available at
      * CV including publications if any
      * copy of university degree (in English)
      * copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English)
      * evidence of postgraduate qualification if applicable
      * a covering letter in which candidates explain why they have
        applied for the studentship, give details of their research
        interests/experience, background, programming skills and an
        outline of any experience in Natural Language Processing or
      * a PhD plan (about 1000 words) which explains the research
        question to be addressed, the academic or intellectual context
        in which the proposed work is located and the methodology likely
        to be employed. A brief action plan should also be provided. The
        field of this PhD MUST be question answering.

Applications should be made by email. The closing date for applications
is 16th April 2007. Short-listed applicants will be contacted and
notified of the specific date of interviews to be held in April (email
and telephone). Successful candidates will have to register no later
than June.

The studentship includes a maintenance grant of 10,000 GBP for the first
year, 11,000 GBP for the second year and 12,000 GBP for the third year
and also covers the tuition fees for 3 years.

The successful candidate will be working in a vibrant research
environment, engaging in active research. This studentship is funded by
the EU-funded project QALL-ME, so it is expected that the appointed
student will contribute to this project as well. In return, the student
will have access and will benefit from the resources developed in the

Wolverhampton (http://clg.wlv.ac.uk)

Established by Prof. Mitkov in 1997, the Research Group in Computational
Linguistics is a highly successful one, delivering cutting-edge research
in a number of NLP areas such as anaphora resolution, automatic
summarisation, question answering, lexical knowledge acquisition, text
categorisation, named entity recognition, information extraction, corpus
construction and annotation, automatic terminology processing,
multilingual processing, and multiple-choice question generation. To a
large extent, this research has been undertaken in projects funded by
major UK funding bodies and commercial partners.

For further information/queries, please contact 

Dr. Constantin Orasan
Phone: +44 1902 322 623
Email: C.Orasan at wlv.ac.uk

Constantin Orasan <C.Orasan at wlv.ac.uk>
Lecturer in Computational Linguistics
Research Group in Computational Linguistics
University of Wolverhampton

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