[Elsnet-list] PhD Position in Statistical Machine Translation, London

Christof Monz christof at dcs.qmul.ac.uk
Mon Nov 5 14:11:02 CET 2007

The Department of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London
has a fully funded PhD position in the area of Statistical Machine

The PhD position is in the MataHari project (Machine Translation with
Harvested Internet Resources) which focuses on utilizing Internet
resources to learn statistical translation models for translating from
a number of foreign languages into English. More information on the
MataHari project can be found at:

The starting date of the PhD position is Spring 2008 or earlier.

The successful candidate will be based in the information retrieval
group. Queen Mary's information retrieval group
(http://ir.dcs.qmul.ac.uk) is actively pursuing a variety of research
initiatives, covering areas such as cross-language retrieval, machine
translation, structured document retrieval, natural language
processing, and large-scale probabilistic reasoning.

Applicants must have a strong background in Computing Science and/or
closely related areas. Appropriate academic backgrounds include
Computational Linguistics, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, all
with a strong emphasis on Computing Science. A successful candidate

* have a good knowledge of programming in at least one of the following
   languages: C, C++, Java, Python, or Perl.

* enjoy working with large, real-world data sets

* be interested in working on language-related research problems

Knowledge of any of the foreign languages addressed in this project is
not a requirement for this position.

The studentship includes the tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of
14,600 GBP (approx. $30,100 or 20,900 EUR) per year for three years,
plus some travel funding to attend international conferences.

The application deadline is December 17, 2007, and applications
received after that date may not receive full consideration.

To be fully considered, the application must include:

(1) the filled out application form, which can be found at:
     http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/docs/pg_07.doc (Word)
     http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/docs/pg_07.pdf (PDF)

(2) a curriculum vitae indicating degrees obtained, disciplines
     covered (e.g. list of courses), publications, and other relevant

(3) a one-to-two page statement of research interests, which should
     indicate what you see are interesting research issues relating to
     the project and what relevant experience you have.

(4) two letters of recommendation, which must be received before the
     deadline. The two letters must be sent separately by regular mail
     or by email to Sue White (see email and mail addresses below).

Electronic applications are encouraged and should be sent by email to
Sue White: suew at dcs.qmul.ac.uk

In case an application can only be submitted by regular post, it
should be sent to:

Sue White
Department of Computer Science
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS London, UK

For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Christof Monz (email:
christof at dcs.qmul.ac.uk).

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