[Elsnet-list] Two salaried PhD positions in NLP (51062 euro/yr) at University of Sheffield - Marie Curie

Leon Derczynski leon at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Sun Nov 11 21:57:45 CET 2012

Applications are invited for two 3-year Early Stage Researcher PhD
positions in corpus-based approaches to machine translation. The positions
have been awarded as part of the new EU FP7 Marie-Curie Initial raining
Network EXPERT (http://clg.wlv.ac.uk/projects/EXPERT/), concerned with the
exploitation of empirical approaches to machine translation, including
statistical machine translation and example-based machine translation. The
EXPERT project puts together researchers from six European universities
(The University of Sheffield, Universidad de Malaga, Universitaet des
Saarlandes, Dublin City University, Universiteit van Amesterdam, and
University of Wolverhampton) and five translation services and technology
providers (Pangeanic, Hermes and Translated, Celer Soluciones and WordFast).

The two projects allocated to the University of Sheffield are (i) learning
from human feedback, which is concerned about methods to collect and
incorporate human feedback into translation systems to improve the quality
of translations; and (ii) estimating the quality and confidence of
corpus-based approaches to machine translation and the quality of
translated texts.

The work in both projects will focus on statistical and machine learning
techniques to address the problems, but it will also involve aspects of
human translation studies, based on a strong interaction with some of the
partners in EXPERT. The research will be conducted as part of the Natural
Language Processing research group in Sheffield, with opportunities for
collaborative work with several of the leading universities and industrial
partners in EXPERT, and with the expectation of a 6-month secondment to 2-3
partners in this project. Further information about the research group can
be found at: http://nlp.dcs.shef.ac.uk.

The successful individual will be employed as a salaried researcher at the
University of Sheffield, while studying towards his/her PhD. Salary rates
and additional mobility and training 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, plus additional contribution towards mobility and

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 UK 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 post is fixed term for three years with a start date of January 2013 or
soon after.

Closing Date: *10th December 2012*

For applications: http://www.shef.ac.uk/jobs, Search and apply for jobs,
job reference number: *UOS005598*
In addition to submitting applications to the University of Sheffield,
candidates should apply via the website provided by project coordinator:

For informal enquiries about this job and department, contact: Dr Lucia
Specia on l.specia at sheffield.ac.uk.

Leon R A Derczynski
NLP Research Group

Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 211 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP, UK

+45 5157 4948
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