[Elsnet-list] Two PhD positions in Computational Linguistics at CLST, Radboud University Nijmegen

Henk van den Heuvel H.vandenHeuvel at let.ru.nl
Thu Jan 22 10:08:16 CET 2009

2 PhD positions Computational linguistics Radboud University Vacancy number

The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the Radboud University Nijmegen
invites applications for two PhD positions in computational linguistics (for
3,5 years).

Job description

The PhD projects are part of a larger research program 'A computational
model of language acquisition'. The goal of this research programme is to
advance our understanding of the emergence of phonetic, phonological and
lexical representations during the early stages of first language
acquisition, and ultimately develop a computational model of the first
stages of language acquisition that only assumes very general perceptual and
learning capabilities.

The PhD students will each investigate a pivotal aspect of language
acquisition in depth. One PhD student (PhD1) will focus on models based on
data mining and structure discovery that can explain how continuous signals
develop into discrete representations of words, sub-word units, phonemes and
features. PhD2 will focus on modelling the developmental phase in language
acquisition when perception becomes more language specific and gradually a
mental lexicon is established.

The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. She or he

will be working in a vibrant research environment, engaging in active
research, and they will participate in the MPI research school.


The Faculty of Arts consists of eleven departments in the area of language
and culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business
communication, which together cater for about 2,700 students and collaborate
closely in teaching and research. The project will be carried out at the
research institute Centre for Language Studies as part of the Linguistic
Information Processing and Grammar and Cognition research programmes.

Website: www.ru.nl

Conditions of employment

Employment: 1,0 fte

Duration of the contract: Initial contract for 1.5 years, with the
possibility for an extension with two years.

The starting gross salary is € 2.000 euro per month based upon a full-time

*Required skills:*

-         Degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science,
Psycholinguistics, Artificial Intelligence, or Cognitive Science

-         Programming skills (e.g. Matlab)

-         Especially for PhD1: experience with methods for structure mining

-         Especially for PhD2: experience with Natural Language Processing

-         Interest in first language acquisition

-         Good command of the English language

*Applications must include:*

-         CV

-         copy of university degree (in English or Dutch)

-         copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English or

-         a covering letter in which candidates explain why they have
applied for the position, give details of their research
interests/experience, background, programming skills and their knowledge of
Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

Applications (with reference to vacancy number 23.09.09) can be made both by
email and surface mail to the following address:

Radboud University Nijmegen

Faculty of Arts, Personel Department

Postbus 9103

6500 HD Nijmegen

E-mail: vacatures at let.ru.nl

The closing date for applications is February 15, 2009. The short-listed
applicants will be

interviewed by email and/or telephone in the last week of February 2009.

For further information please contact Prof. Lou Boves (l.boves at let.ru.nl)
or Prof. Paula Fikkert (p.fikkert at let.ru.nl).
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