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

Rob Gaizauskas R.Gaizauskas at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed Oct 16 15:06:29 CEST 2013

Two Research Associate positions in Natural Language Processing are now 
open for applications at the University of Sheffield. For further 
details, or to apply, please visit


and click the "Apply" button at the bottom.

Job Reference Number: UOS007344
Contract Type: Fixed-term for 24 months
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Department: Department of Computer Science
Salary: Grade 7 £28,685 - £36,298 per annum.
Closing Date: 8th November 2013 (applications after this date may be 
considered, depending on response)

The Departments of Computer Science and Journalism have two positions 
for Research Associates in Natural Language Processing. The positions 
are supported by the externally funded SENSEI research project, 
supported by the European Commission as part of FP7.

The SENSEI project is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary project involving 
researchers in language processing and journalism and industrial 
partners in the call centre, social media monitoring and news media 
businesses. The project aims to develop novel methods to extract, 
summarize/aggregate and present information from very large volumes of 
conversational data, specifically, transcriptions of call centre 
conversations and reader comment in on-line news. It addresses the new 
area of conversation analytics. While Sheffield will participate in all 
aspects of the project, we have specific responsibilities for work on 
summarization and on defining, in conjunction with journalists and news 
organizations, the requirements for the reader comment scenario and 
creating a gold standard reference corpus of comment thread summaries.

Given the project's aims, a strong background in natural language 
processing (NLP)/computational linguistics (CL) is essential, as is 
knowledge of machine learning based techniques as used in NLP/CL. Strong 
programming skills in Java and Python are also essential. Experience 
with some or all of the following specific sub-areas in NLP/CL is 
desirable: information extraction/text mining, NL 
generation/summarisation, dialogue understanding. As at least one of the 
applicants will need to work with journalists to define the reader 
comment scenario and manage the creation of gold standard data for it, 
experience with user requirements gathering and with creating annotated 
corpora for evaluation within NLP is highly desirable. The successful 
candidates will have strong publication track records, commensurate with 
their level of experience, and experience with multi-site collaborative 

This is an opportunity to work in a well-connected international team 
with world-leading reputations in Natural Language Processing. The NLP 
at Sheffield group is well known internationally for its research, and 
is one of the largest research groups in computational linguistics and 
text engineering in the UK. The Sheffield journalism department draws 
for its research on its members wide experience of UK and international 
practice in newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and online publications.

This post is fixed-term for 24 months, in the first instance. 
Applications after the closing date (November 8, 2013) may be 
considered, depending on the level of response.

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