[Elsnet-list] announcement for Postdoc position

jhender6 at inf.ed.ac.uk jhender6 at inf.ed.ac.uk
Thu Sep 20 14:46:11 CEST 2007

Please add the attached announcement to your jobs list.  I've 
summarized the pieces of info you ask for below:

job title:
  Post-doctoral scientist in statistical NLU
qualifications or expertise required:
  PhD, see announcement
location of job:
  University of Geneva
closing date for applications (if there is one):
  no definitive date
contact information:
  james.henderson at ed.ac.uk, merlo at lettres.unige.ch

        - James Henderson

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       Post-doctoral scientist in Natural Language Processing,
       University of Geneva

The University of Geneva, Departments of Computer Science and Linguistics, invite applications for a post-doctoral research assistant position in natural language processing.  The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded project CLASSiC (subject to successful completion of negotiations).  He/she will investigate statistical methods for natural language understanding in the context of spoken dialog systems.

The CLASSiC project will target a more natural form of interaction in spoken dialog systems through the integrated statistical treatment of uncertainty.  Machine learning and statistical methods will be applied to all modules of the system, and explicit representations of uncertainty (e.g. from speech recognition ambiguities) will facilitate the optimal use of constraining information (e.g. from dialog contexts).  The other project partners are the University of Edinburgh, Cambridge University, Ecole Superieure d'Electricite (Supelec, Metz), and France Telecom.

At the University of Geneva, the project will be lead by Paola Merlo (Department of Linguistics, http://www.unige.ch/lettres/linguistique/) and James Henderson (Department of Computer Science, http://cui.unige.ch/DI/).  Work will focus on models of spoken language understanding which integrate statistical models of syntactic-semantic parsing for both English and French.  Parallel corpora will be used to help map models and resources between the two languages.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in this project, plus engage in research of their own choosing.

Applicants should have received a PhD in Computer Science or Computational Linguistics by the start of the project.  The ideal candidate will have a background in natural language processing, statistical methods, machine learning, natural language syntax, and natural language semantics.  Good programming skills are required.  Knowledge of English and French is highly desirable, and fluency in one is required.

The appointment is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with a start date soon after 1 January 2008.  Salary from 82,800 CHF.

Review of the applicants will begin October 12th, 2007 but will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest, and names and addresses of at least 3 references to Paola Merlo at:

Paola Merlo
Linguistics Department
University of Geneva
5 rue de Candolle
CH-1211 Genève 4

Electronic applications are also accepted. Send your application to merlo at lettres.unige.ch with CLASSIC Postdoc as the subject line.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to James Henderson (james.henderson at ed.ac.uk) or to Paola Merlo (merlo at lettres.unige.ch).

The University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of female academic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications from women.

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