[Elsnet-list] 1 Postdoc and 1 PhD position in linguistic and visual processing, Edinburgh

Frank Keller keller at inf.ed.ac.uk
Thu Oct 16 16:43:18 CEST 2008


UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH -- SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS

2 POSITIONS ON ERC PROJECT "SYNCHRONOUS LINGUISTIC AND VISUAL
PROCESSING"

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Language Processing
Vacancy Reference Number: 3009969

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, invites
applications for a full-time, fixed term Research Associate position
on the project "Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing" funded
by the European Research Council. The aim of this project is to
investigate the cognitive processes that unfold when humans view a
visual scene and listen to a speech stimulus at the same time. The
project encompasses both experimental research using eye-tracking and
computational work using machine learning and probabilistic
modeling. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of
experts in linguistic and visual processing; he/she will design and
implement models that capture the alignment of linguistic and visual
representations and evaluate them against eye-tracking data.

You will have a PhD in computational linguistics, computer science,
cognitive science, or a related discipline. You will have strong
programming skills and a background in natural language processing
(e.g., language modeling, parsing, alignment methods, corpus
processing, human evaluation). Experience with machine learning and
probabilistic modeling techniques is essential.

This is a fixed position for three years, starting January 1, 2009 or
as soon as possible thereafter. The role is grade UE07 and attracts an
annual salary in the range of GBP 29,704 to GBP 35,469.

For further information please contact Dr. Frank Keller
(keller at inf.ed.ac.uk). Details about the position, as well as an
online application form, can be found at:

http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3009969

More information about the project can be found at:

http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/keller/projects/synproc.html

Application deadline: November 15, 2008.

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PhD Studentship in Computational Models of Visual Processing

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh invites
applications for a three-year PhD studentship on the project
"Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing" funded by the European
Research Council. The aim of this project is to investigate the
cognitive processes that unfold when humans view a visual scene and
listen to a speech stimulus at the same time. The project encompasses
both experimental research using eye-tracking and computational work
using machine learning and probabilistic modeling. 

The successful candidate will have a have a good honors degree or
equivalent in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer
science, or a related discipline. He/she will have strong programming
skills and previous experience in image processing, computer vision,
or computational models of perception and attention. Experience with
machine learning and probabilistic modeling techniques is essential.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of experts in
linguistic and visual processing; he/she will design and implement
models of visual processing based on the results of eye-movements
experiments on synchronous processing.

The studentship will provide maintenance only funding at an enhanced
research council rate. Both UK/EU and overseas candidates are
encouraged to apply.

For further information please contact Dr. Frank Keller
(keller at inf.ed.ac.uk). Application forms and details on how to apply
are available from:

http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply.html

More information about the project can be found at:

http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/keller/projects/synproc.html

On your application, please indicate "ERC Studentship: Synchronous
Processing".

Application deadline: November 15, 2008.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this
cannot be guaranteed.

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