[Elsnet-list] Two PhD students in Translation Technologies

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Mon Dec 3 17:08:04 CET 2012

Two Ph.D. positions in Translation in the Research Group in Lexicography
and Translation of University of Málaga (Spain) directed by Prof. Gloria
Corpas. The positions are part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network
EXPERT, concerned with the exploitation of empirical approaches to machine
translation, including statistical machine translation and example-based
machine translation.

The EXPERT project brings together researchers from six European
universities (University of Wolverhampton (UoW), University of Sheffield
(USFD), Universidad de Málaga (UMA), Universität des Saarlandes (USAAR),
Dublin City University (DCU) and Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and five
translation services and technology providers (Pangeanic, Hermes,
Translated, Celer Soluciones and WordFast).

Position 1: Investigation of translators’ requirements from translation
technologies (UMA, including 2-month visit to USFD, 1-month visit to
Pangeanic and 3-month visit to UvA)

Position 2: Collection and preparation of multilingual data for multiple
corpus-based approaches to translation (UMA, including 3-month visit to UoW
and 3-month visit to Translated).

Both PhD students are expected to:

• complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration
of three years;
• regularly present intermediate research results at international
conferences and workshops, and publish them in proceedings and journals;
• collaborate with the other team and project members on common research
• collaborate with the researchers in other relevant parts of the EXPERT
project and the RGLT-UMA;
• assist in relevant teaching activities.

Nr of positions available : 2
Research Fields

Language sciences - Linguistics
Computer science - Computer systems
Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period
of three years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).

An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and
(international) meetings.

The gross monthly salary will range from approx. 3,000 Euro to 3,300 Euro
(depending on the family situation).

The successful applicants will work under the daily supervision of Prof.
Gloria Corpas Pastor and Dr. Míriam Seghiri with opportunities for
collaborative work with other universities and industrial partners in the
consortium, and includes a total of 6 months’ secondment to 2-3 consortium
members based on the topic of research.
This is a great opportunity to work in a well-connected international team
of the leading universities and industrial partners.

The main focus of the appointment is on research, but also includes
moderate teaching duties in subjects relevant to the candidate's research
activities. The preferred starting date is 1 March 2013 or as soon as
possible thereafter.
Comment/web site for additional job details

Appointment will be subject to the eligibility requirements of the Marie
Curie programme, which specify that:
- Early stage researchers must be, at the time of recruitment, in the first
four years of their research careers, measured from the date when they
obtained the qualification which would entitle them to embark on a
- As per Marie Curie Terms and Conditions, researchers must not have
resided in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior
to the appointment.

Please check Section III.3 of the following link for further information on
the Marie Curie scheme regarding eligibility criteria:

The Research Executive Agency requires all its funded projects to endeavour
to ensure a fair female representation by promoting genuine equal access
opportunities between men and women throughout the recruitment process. To
this end, female candidates meeting the requirements for these posts are
particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications (PDF only, all information in a single file) for the PhD
position should include a detailed CV following the Europass template (
http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae) with a
detailed list of publications and involvement in research projects in the
section ‘additional information’, a copy of grades obtained for your
Master’s degree (or equivalent), as well as a copy of your passport or
identity card.

The application process consists of two compulsory stages:
- Stage 1
Go to http://expert-itn.eu and enter the basic details requested. You will
receive a reference number and confirmation.

- Stage 2
Applications should be sent by email to the Research Group in Lexicography
and Translation at hum106corpas at gmail.com (with a CC to
gcorpas at uma.es<hum106corpas at gmail.com%20(with%20a%20CC%20to%20gcorpas at uma.es>)
with the subject line “EXPERT PhD Application”. Please attach a copy of
your confirmation and reference number received from http://expert-itn.eu.

NB: Only applicants completing BOTH of the above stages will be taken into
The closing date for applications is 30 December, 2012.


Required Education Level

Master Degree or equivalent  Degree Field   Language sciences

Required Languages

ENGLISH  Language Level   Excellent

Additional Requirements
 - A Master’s degree in Translation Studies or Linguistics and a suitable
background in Computational Linguistics or Natural Language Processing; or
- A Master's degree in Computational Linguistics or Natural Language
Processing and a suitable background in Translation Studies or Linguistics;
- Affinity with empirical work involving corpora;
- Good academic writing and presentation skills;
- Good social and organizational skills;
- Strong interest in a scientific career.

More information at
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