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Job Faculty of Arts - PhD positions Computational semantics (2,0 fte)

PhD positions Computational semantics (2,0 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen
Function typesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Salary maximum € 2612
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 210309-10
Translations
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/6548

Job description

Project 1: "Computing Subordinating and Coordinating Discourse Relations"
On an abstract level, discourse relations can be divided into subordinating and coordinating types. This project will study how the different types are linguistically determined, and provide techniques for automatically detecting the two different types of discourse relations in open-domain texts. In particular, it aims to explore the role of tense, thematic roles and entailment relations of text segments. This project is part of the Meaning Annotation Project and is concerned with the development of a large-scale deep semantic annotation of text and its application of machine learning methods. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. J. Bos.

Project 2: "Robust Interpretation of Comparative Expressions"
The family of comparatives and equative expressions is known for its high variety of syntactic constructions and interaction with ellipsis. The aim of this project is to define a classification of comparative expressions useful for automatically interpreting open-domain texts. It will investigate to what extent comparatives can be analysed lexically, and what further techniques are required to compute disambiguated semantic representations. This project is part of the Meaning Annotation Project and is concerned with the development of a large-scale deep semantic annotation of text and its application of machine learning methods. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. J. Bos.

Additional information as well as a complete description of the project can be obtained from the principal investigator.

Requirements

- Master's degree in computational linguistics (or related field)
- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study
- experience in one or more of the following areas: formal/lexical/computational semantics, machine learning
- programming experience
- ability to work in a research team
- good command of English.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years.

Interviews will take place between November 16th and November 18th.

The starting date is 1 January 2011.

Affiliation
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the computational linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

The position requires residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

How to apply
You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 8 November 2010 by sending your application to johan.bos@rug.nl (quoting vacancy number 210309-10), or by accessing the online application form on:

http://www.academictransfer.com/employer/RUG/vacancy/6548/lang/en/

Please include in your application:
- a letter of motivation in English to apply for this project
- a curriculum vitae
- a copy of diplomas and a list of grades
- a list of publications
- the names, affiliation and e-mail addresses of two academic
referees.

Interviews will take place between 16 November and 18 November.
The foreseen starting date of the positions is 1 January 2011.

Contract type: 48 maanden

Organisation

Faculty of Arts

University of Groningen
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5000 students and 700 staff members, and offers a wide range of degree programmes. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

The University provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunities employer. As women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.
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PhD positions Computational semantics (2,0 fte)

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Groningen
Function typesPhD positions, Research, Development, Innovation
Salary maximum € 2612
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number 210309-10
Translations
About employer University of Groningen
Short link www.academictransfer.com/6548

Job description

Project 1: "Computing Subordinating and Coordinating Discourse Relations"
On an abstract level, discourse relations can be divided into subordinating and coordinating types. This project will study how the different types are linguistically determined, and provide techniques for automatically detecting the two different types of discourse relations in open-domain texts. In particular, it aims to explore the role of tense, thematic roles and entailment relations of text segments. This project is part of the Meaning Annotation Project and is concerned with the development of a large-scale deep semantic annotation of text and its application of machine learning methods. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. J. Bos.

Project 2: "Robust Interpretation of Comparative Expressions"
The family of comparatives and equative expressions is known for its high variety of syntactic constructions and interaction with ellipsis. The aim of this project is to define a classification of comparative expressions useful for automatically interpreting open-domain texts. It will investigate to what extent comparatives can be analysed lexically, and what further techniques are required to compute disambiguated semantic representations. This project is part of the Meaning Annotation Project and is concerned with the development of a large-scale deep semantic annotation of text and its application of machine learning methods. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Prof. J. Bos.

Additional information as well as a complete description of the project can be obtained from the principal investigator.

Requirements

- Master's degree in computational linguistics (or related field)
- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study
- experience in one or more of the following areas: formal/lexical/computational semantics, machine learning
- programming experience
- ability to work in a research team
- good command of English.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,042 gross per month in the first year to € 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years.

Interviews will take place between November 16th and November 18th.

The starting date is 1 January 2011.

Affiliation
The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the computational linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

The position requires residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidates' results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

How to apply
You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 8 November 2010 by sending your application to johan.bos@rug.nl (quoting vacancy number 210309-10), or by accessing the online application form on:

http://www.academictransfer.com/employer/RUG/vacancy/6548/lang/en/

Please include in your application:
- a letter of motivation in English to apply for this project
- a curriculum vitae
- a copy of diplomas and a list of grades
- a list of publications
- the names, affiliation and e-mail addresses of two academic
referees.

Interviews will take place between 16 November and 18 November.
The foreseen starting date of the positions is 1 January 2011.

Contract type: 48 maanden

Organisation

Faculty of Arts

University of Groningen
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 27,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is a large, dynamic faculty in the heart of the city of Groningen. It has more than 5000 students and 700 staff members, and offers a wide range of degree programmes. Our research, which is internationally widely acclaimed, covers the following fields: Archaeology, Cultural Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Language and Literary Studies, and Linguistics.

The University provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The University of Groningen is an equal opportunities employer. As women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.