[Elsnet-list] Two salaried PhD positions in Machine Translation at Wolverhampton

Konstantinova, Natalia N.Konstantinova at wlv.ac.uk
Wed Dec 12 16:15:49 CET 2012

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Applications are invited for two three-year Early Stage Researcher pre-doctoral positions in hybrid language translation technologies. The positions are part of the new EU Framework 7 Marie-Curie 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 Malaga (UMA), Universitaet des Saarlandes (USAAR), Dublin City University (DCU) and Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)) and five translation services and technology providers (Pangeanic, Hermes and Translated, Celer Soluciones and WordFast). 

The two projects allocated to the University of Wolverhampton  are :

1). Use of language technology to improve matching & retrieval in translation memories;
2). Investigation of methodologies to evaluate the improved SMT, EBMT and TM prototypes and new hybrid computer-aided translation technology proposed in EXPERT.

The research will be conducted under supervision of University of Wolverhampton with opportunities for collaborative work with other universities and industrial partners in EXPERT, and with the expectation of a 6 month secondment to 2-3 partners in this project based on the topic of research. 

This is an opportunity to work in a well-connected international team with world-leading reputation in the Natural Language Processing (NLP). The Research Group in Computational Linguistics (http://clg.wlv.ac.uk/) is considered one of the top performers in UK research.

The successful individual will be employed as a salaried researcher while studying towards his/her PhD. Salary rates and additional mobility, career and travel allowances are as per the Marie Curie programme (see Annex 3 of this document http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/download?docId=31562, page 69). For employment in the UK, the reference figure for gross salary is 51,062 euros/year.

The post is fixed term for three years with a start date of 1 February 2013 or soon after.


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 doctorate.

Please check Section III.3 of the following link for further information on the Marie Curie scheme regarding eligibility criteria: ftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/fp7-mga-annex3intramulti_en.pdf . In particular, candidates cannot have lived in the country of their chosen host university for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their appointment.

Applicants should hold a good honours degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics) and have experience in natural language processing, machine translation or related area. They should also have a solid background in mathematics/statistics and excellent programming skills (C/C++, Java, Python/Perl, etc.). See the job specification for more details on the expected profile: 


The application process consists of two compulsory stages:
-- Stage 1: Register and fill in the application form on the EXPERT website (http://expert-itn.eu/). You will receive a reference number and confirmation.
-- Stage 2: Use the application system of the University of Wolverhampton (https://jobs.wlv.ac.uk/wd/plsql/wd_portal.list?p_web_site_id=3045&p_function=map&p_title=Current%20vacancies) , please make sure to include:
	. Detailed CV;
	. A copy of your confirmation from the expert-itn.eu;
	. 2 page summary on the research to be undertaken on the chosen topic. It should include, but is not limited to, a). aim of the research; b). general research question to be refined during the Phd; c). research plan; d). why do have necessary skills to undertake this project?

Closing date: 11 January 2013

More information can be found at http://expert-itn.eu 

Best regards,
Natalia Konstantinova
Researcher in Computational Linguistics
EXPERT Network Training Coordinator
Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Natural Language Engineering 
Research Group in Computational Linguistics
Research Institute of Information and Language Processing University of Wolverhampton Stafford St.
Wolverhampton WV1 1SB
Telephone + 44 1902 322623
Fax +44 1902 323543
Email: n.konstantinova at wlv.ac.uk

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