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

Leon Derczynski leon at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Fri Nov 16 18:02:54 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:

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 training.

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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