POSITION FILLED 28 April 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vacancy: PhD Position
Project: Machine Translation When Exact Pattern Match Fails
Keywords: Statistical translation models with morphology and syntax
The Statistical Language Processing and Learning team at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam
is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to work on challenges in
statistical machine translation between language pairs that exhibit
substantial divergence in syntax and morphology. The position is
financed by the NWO Exact Sciences project "Machine Translation When
Exact Pattern Match Fails" lead by Dr Khalil Sima'an.
The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is an
interdisciplinary research institute, in which researchers from the
Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities collaborate. Research
at the ILLC draws from a wide range of different disciplines.
The PhD student will join a team of researchers working on the
statistical modeling and learning for machine translation, syntactic
parsing and morphological analysis (see staff.science.uva.nl/~simaan/team_SLL.html). The project is embedded in the Language and Computation theme of the ILLC (http://www.illc.uva.nl/Research/research06b.php).
The successful candidate will have an excellent Master's degree (or
equivalent qualification) in Computational Linguistics or another
discipline relevant to the project (e.g, Artificial Intelligence) by
the time of their appointment. Applicants should have a strong interest
in pursuing empirical research of an interdisciplinary nature. Master
course-level knowledge of Statistical Parsing, Machine Translation
and/or Machine Learning is a requirement. Linguistic knowledge of
syntax and morphology is desirable. Good communication skills in
English, both oral and written, are essential.
The appointment will be for a period of four years (initially a one and
half years, followed by two and half years dependening on a positive
evaluation) and should lead
to a dissertation. The gross monthly salary (for a full time
equivalent) will be in accordance with
university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from EUR
2042 (first year) to a maximum of EUR 2612 (final year). While the
focus of the appointment is on research training, it will include
moderate teaching duties in subjects relevant to the candidate's own
research activities. The starting date is before or at the latest on 15
Applications should include a letter of motivation, a detailed
Curriculum Vitae, a transcript of grades and courses, the names and
contact details of two academic referees, and a web link to a writing
sample available online (such as MSc thesis and/or other publications).
Applications should be sent to Dr. Khalil Sima'an by email to
k. simaan@uva. nl. All electronic applications must be in a single PDF
file (if file exceeds 0.5MB then do not email but instead provide a
link for downloading this file).
We will start reviewing applications on 15 April 2010 and hope to make
a decision soon after that, but applications will continue to be
accepted until the position is filled.
NWO Project "Machine Translation When Exact Pattern Match Fails" at http://www.illc.uva.nl/~simaan/projects_page.html
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at http://www.illc.uva.nl/
Working at the UvA (information for international members of staff) at http://www.medewerker.uva.nl/english
For additional information on the project or the open position, contact Khalil Sima'an (k.simaan @ uva .nl).