[Elsnet-list] 3 PhD Positions in NLP - Fondazione Bruno Kessler

marco turchi marco.turchi at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 15:13:17 CEST 2014


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to any interested parties.


Have you recently completed or expect very soon an MSc or equivalent degree
in computer science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics,
engineering or a closely related area? Are you interested in carrying out
research on NLP during the next years? Are you excited to spend a part of
your life in a pleasant city in the heart of the Italian Alps?


The Human Language Technology (HLT) group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (
Trento, Italy) in conjunction with the the ICT International Doctorate
School of the University of Trento <http://ict.unitn.it/> is pleased to
announce the availability of three fully-funded 3-year PhD positions in the
following NLP topics:


   Machine Translation: Human in the loop for advanced machine translation

   Automatic Speech Recognition: Acoustic Modeling for Speech Recognition

   Content Processing: Building the Web of Data exploiting Natural Language

Job Description

The first year is mainly devoted to the acquisition of scientific knowledge
at both basic and high level. During the second year the  PhD candidate
will deepen his/her scientific knowledge and starts to establish his/her
thesis work, identifying the objectives and research activities to be
developed within the thesis. During the third year, the  PhD candidate will
focus on his/her personal contribution to the state-of-the-art on the
chosen research problem and/or to the development of the proposed
technological innovation. The research activity of the PhD candidate will
be closely related to EU projects. This will allow the PhD candidate to
develop collaborations with other researchers participating in these
research projects and it may also allow him/her to spend part of his
research activity at partner laboratories. Possibility of internships in
academia and  industry. The  PhD  candidates  have  to  pass the  selection
 of  the  ICT Doctorate School  to be  enrolled as PhD  students. The
starting date of PhD program flexible after September, 2014.

The applicant must have recently completed or expect very soon an MSc or
equivalent degree in computer science, artificial intelligence,
computational linguistics, engineering or a closely related area. In
addition, the applicant should


   have strong curiosity to solve problems in natural language processing

   have a strong background in statistics, probability theory and machine

   have excellent programming skills in at least one of the following
   languages: C, C++, or Java

   enjoy working with real-world problems and large data sets

   Good knowledge of written and spoken English

   enjoy working in a closely collaborating team

Working Environment

The doctoral student will be employed at the HLT group, a unit for research
in natural language processing at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento,
Italy. The group has a long tradition in research on machine translation,
automatic speech recognition and content processing. Currently, the HLT
groups is involved in several European projects such as Matecat, Eu-Bridge
and Excitement. Former students are nowadays employed in leader IT
companies in the world.

Important Dates

The opening of the call is expected at the beginning of May 2014. Potential
candidates are strongly invited to contact us in advance for preliminary
interviews. There is also the possibility to begin with an internships at
our group during the Summer before the official PhD program starts, sport


Fondazione Bruno Kessler offers an attractive benefits package, including a
flexible work week, full reimbursement for conferences and summer schools,
competitive salary, an excellent team of supervisors and mentors, help for
housing (and partial reimbursement), full health insurance, possibility of
Italian courses, sporting facilities.

Further Information

For further information about the position, please contact: Dr. Claudio
Giuliano (giuliano at fbk.eu).
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