[Elsnet-list] Post-doctoral fellowships positions for R&D Project are open at Microsoft Portugal

Lucas Garcia t-lugar at microsoft.com
Mon Jun 27 22:43:53 CEST 2011


Post-doctoral fellowships positions for R&D Project are open at Microsoft Portugal

Linguists (M/F) in the following languages: Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Czech, Hungarian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, Korean, Italian and Finnish

MSFT LDA (Microsoft Portugal), located on Edifício Qualidade, C1 e C2, Av. Prof. Doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva - Tagus Park, Porto Salvo, Portugal, informs through its R&D division MLDC, Microsoft Language Development Center, that part-time or full-time post-doctoral fellowship positions are opened for the project Fala Global (QREN 5329). This project is co-financed by the national program of incentives for the Portuguese businesses and industry QREN (in the scope of its R&D incentive program), and is managed by IAPMEI wit co-funding by FEDER via QREN, in the context of the Operational Program for Competitiveness Factors.

The fellowship positions have the following conditions:
Duration: 12 months, extendable to 24 months, starting on July 15th, 2011.
Monthly scholarship for full-time position: 1790 €.
Microsoft will support a health insurance, personal accident insurance, volunteer social security tax, laptop and smartphone and required travel expenses.
Address of workplace: Av. Prof. Doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Edifício Qualidade C3, Tagus Park, 2744-010 Porto Salvo, under the scientific coordination of Professor Miguel Sales Dias.

Speech is one of Microsoft’s most exciting technologies.  It is driving the adoption of Natural User Interaction. As speech becomes more accurate its application becomes more useful – especially for the user experiences we drive in Windows Phone, Bing and Xbox Kinect. At the foundation of these experiences is our team’s software and human capital.  Our team brings together talent in the areas of software engineering, speech recognition, speech synthesis, computational linguists, language understanding and modeling (machine leaning & classification). Together we develop and deliver robust, natural and scalable solutions across a rich set of scenarios and experiences, from the cloud to device, supporting many languages (currently 26, but we want more!).
Microsoft is seeking part-time or full-time language experts with a Phd in computational linguists, interested in R&D in the domains of language technologies, speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, text normalization, lexica and phonetic transcription, for the following 8 languages: Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese, Russian and Finnish.
We give preference to candidates with profile that, in addition to research activities, demonstrate knowledge and academic experience and/or proven professional skills in the field.

Mandatory requirements:


·         Be native or near native speaker.

·         Have a university degree in Linguistics (with good computational skills) or related area and a PhD in Computational Linguistics.

·         Have an advanced level of English (spoken and written).

·         Have an ability to communicate effectively in an environment of a multidisciplinary international teamwork.

·         Have experience in working with speech technology/natural language; processing/linguistics, either in academia or in industry.

·         Have computational ability – being able to run tools, being comfortable to work with Microsoft Office tools and having some programming fundamentals (such as scripting).

·         Show scientific autonomy and proven experience in publication of scientific papers in the mentioned areas.

·         Have clear team work skills.

·         Have a proven ability to analyze and solve abstract and complex problems.

·         Demonstration of initiative and proactivity.

·         Be willing to work in a multicultural and multinational team, including short-term trips to locations in Portugal, Europe and USA.

The selection will be made ​​by a jury consisting of Miguel Sales Dias and two more PhDs, according to the merit of the candidate curriculum and a personal interview.
The publication of the grant in question will be done online through the website of ERACAREERS<http://www.eracareers.pt/> as well as in the site of MLDC<http://www.microsoft.com/portugal/mldc/>. In addition, it will also be distributed by the academy and research institutes in Europe and the relevant countries.

The applicable laws and regulations are the following: Law Nr. 40/2004, of 18th August (Scientific Research Fellow Statute), Regulations for Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources 2011: http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml.en

The fellowships are opened on June 13th, 2011. Those who are interested should send the detailed CV, with relevant documents in attachment by email to: miguel.dias at microsoft.com<mailto:miguel.dias at microsoft.com>

We will only consider electronic submissions.

Deadline for submissions: open until filled.
Address:
Miguel Sales Dias, MLDC - Microsoft Language Development Center, MSFT LDA, MSFT LDA, Edifício Qualidade, C1-C2, Av. Prof. Doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Tagus Park, 2744-010 Porto Salvo

Regards,
Lucas Garcia
MLDC - Microsoft Language Development Center, a Microsoft | Development Center
Centro Microsoft para o Desenvolvimento da Linguagem, Portugal
t-lugar at microsoft.com<mailto:t-lugar at microsoft.com>  | Microsoft | Portugal
http://www.microsoft.com/portugal/mldc


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