[Elsnet-list] job announcement

James Henderson James.Henderson at unige.ch
Thu Jun 16 18:42:50 CEST 2011


Dear Elsenet,

Please post the attached announcement (in ASCII).  The required info is:

# job title:
Post-doctoral Research Associate
# qualifications or expertise required
PhD in CS or CL
# location of job
Geneva, Switzerland
# closing date for applications (if there is one)
best before 1 Aug, but open until filled
# contact information:
James.Henderson at unige.ch


Thanks in advance,

    - James Henderson

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       Post-doctoral Research Associate 
       in Statistical Natural Language Processing,
       University of Geneva

The University of Geneva, Department of Computer Science, invites applications
for a post-doctoral research associate position in natural language
processing.  The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded project
PARLANCE.  He/she will investigate statistical methods for natural language
understanding in the context of spoken dialog systems, including spoken
language understanding.

The PARLANCE project (pending final approval) will design and build mobile
applications that approach human performance in conversational spoken
interaction, targeting interactive search and information provision
applications.  The PARLANCE systems will be based on probabilistic inference
procedures and incremental dialog processing.  Systems will be developed for
English, Spanish and Mandarin.  The other project partners are Cambridge
University, Heriot-Watt University, CRSA, iSoco, and Yahoo! Iberia.

At the University of Geneva, the project will be lead by James Henderson
(Department of Computer Science) and Paola Merlo (Department of Linguistics)
within the research group Computational Learning and Computational Linguistics
(http://clcl.unige.ch/).  Work will focus on incremental models of spoken
language understanding which integrate domain-general statistical models of
syntactic-semantic parsing, as well as open-domain information extraction.
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, and spoken language understanding.  Good programming skills are
required.  Fluency in either English or French is required.

The appointment is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with a start date of
1 November 2011.  Salary from 92,000 CHF.

Review of applications will begin immediately, but will continue until the
position is filled.  Applications received by 1 August 2011 will be guaranteed
full consideration.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest,
and names and addresses of at least 3 references to James Henderson at
James.Henderson at unige.ch, with PARLANCE Postdoc as the subject line.  Hard
copy applications can be sent to:

James Henderson
D??partement d'Informatique
Battelle b??timent A
7, route de Drize
1227 Carouge
Switzerland

Informal inquiries can be addressed to James Henderson
(James.Henderson at unige.ch) or to Paola Merlo (Paola.Merlo at 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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