[Elsnet-list] Research Associate in Statistical Natural Language Processing

James Henderson James.Henderson at unige.ch
Fri May 3 13:01:52 CEST 2013

The University of Geneva, Department of Computer Science, invites applications
for a post-doctoral research associate position in natural language processing.
The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded project PARLANCE.
He/she will investigate statistical methods for natural language understanding,
including spoken language understanding.

The PARLANCE project is designing and building applications that approach human
performance in conversational spoken interaction, targeting interactive search
and information provision applications.  The PARLANCE systems is based on
probabilistic inference procedures and incremental dialog processing.  Systems
will be developed for English and Mandarin.  The other project partners are
Cambridge University, Heriot-Watt University, CRSA, iSoco, and Yahoo! Iberia.

At the University of Geneva, the project is lead by James Henderson (Department
of Computer Science) and Paola Merlo (Department of Linguistics) within the
research group Computational Learning and Computational Linguistics
(http://clcl.unige.ch/).  Work focuses on incremental models of spoken language
understanding which integrate domain-general statistical models of
syntactic-semantic parsing, as well as open-domain information extraction.  The
successful candidate will be expected to participate in this project, plus
engage in research of their own choosing.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in Computer Science or Computational
Linguistics by the start of the appointment.  The ideal candidate will have a
background in natural language processing, statistical methods, machine
learning, and spoken language understanding.  Good programming skills are
required.  Fluency in either English or French is required.

This is a limited-term appointment of about 1 year, starting as soon as
possible and ending in October 2014.  Salaries are competitive, and dependent
on qualifications.

* PhD in Computer Science or Computational Linguistics
* Knowledge of NLP and/or machine learning
* Programming skills
* Fluent in English or French

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Closing Date:
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the
position is filled.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interest,
and names and addresses of at least 3 references to James Henderson at
James.Henderson at unige.ch, with PARLANCE Postdoc as the subject line.
Informal inquiries can be addressed to James Henderson
(James.Henderson at unige.ch) or to Paola Merlo (Paola.Merlo at unige.ch).  The
University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of female academic staff
and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications from women.

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