[Elsnet-list] 4 PhD and 1 Post-doc Position in Statistical Machine Translation - University of Amsterdam

Christof Monz c.monz at uva.nl
Wed Nov 28 14:40:49 CET 2012

4 PhD positions and 1 post-doc position in Statistical Machine
Translation at the Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam,
The Netherlands.

Apologies for cross-posting. 
It would be appreciated if you could forward this email
to any interested parties.

Applications are invited for four fully-funded 4-year PhD positions
and one fully-funded 3-year post-doc position in the area of
Statistical Machine Translation. The positions are funded through an
advanced research fellowship (Vidi scheme) by the Dutch Science
Foundation (NWO) and a governmental research grant.

Please find further details (including the application procedure) for
the PhD positions at:

and further details about the post-doc position at:

The application deadline for all positions is 15 December, 2012.
The starting date for all positions is early 2013.

Research Description

The research positions focus on improving state-of-the-art statistical
machine translation approaches by investigating how better modeling
of the generation process can be utilized to realize more fluent and
accurate translations.  The research will aim to substantially improve
machine translation quality by achieving:

- robust translation quality across different genres, ranging from
  formal language use in legal documents to casual language use in
  social media;

- improved modeling of domain independent machine translation,
  spanning legal, political, entertainment, and sports documents;

- improved modeling of fluency criteria, in particular for languages
  for which only limited training data are available.

You will be supervised by Dr. Christof Monz and based in the
Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. The Informatics
Institute consists of more than 40 members of permanent research
faculty, over 25 post-doctoral researchers, and more than 100 PhD
students, together representing more than a dozen nationalities.
Members of the institute are actively pursuing a variety of research
initiatives, including machine translation, natural language
processing, (cross-language) information retrieval, social network
analysis, computer vision, machine learning, and multi-agent systems.


You must have an MSc (for the PhD positions) or a PhD (or close
to completion, for the post-doc position) in computer science,
artificial intelligence, computational linguistics or a closely
related area. In addition, you should

- (for the post-doc position only:) have a strong track record of
  successful implementation and publication in natural language
  processing or machine learning. A background in statistical machine
  translation is a plus;

- have strong curiosity to solve problems in natural language processing;

- have a strong background in probability theory, statistics, and
  machine learning;

- have excellent programming skills in at least two of the following
  languages: C, C++, Java, Python, or Perl;

- enjoy working with real-world problems and real-word, large data

- have excellent communication skills, both oral and written;

- enjoy working in a closely collaborating team.

For specific questions you can get in touch with Christof Monz
email: c.monz at uva.nl

Christof Monz
ISLA, Informatics Institute
University of Amsterdam

Visiting address:
  Office C3.231
  Science Park 904
  1098 XH Amsterdam
  The Netherlands
Mailing address:
  P.O. Box 94323
  1090 GH Amsterdam
  The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)20-525-8676 
Fax: +31 (0)20-525-7490
Email: c.monz at uva.nl
Web: http://www.science.uva.nl/~christof

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