Ireland: 2 Phd positions and 1 post-Doc position in Dublin

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Deadline: 1st Sept 2008

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* A Post-doctoral position in Natural Language Processing
* Two PhD positions in Natural Language Processing

As part of the Creative Language Systems Group in UCD (http://afflatus.ucd.ie) within the context of CNGL, the Center for Next Generation Localization.

Applications are sought from candidates with experience in the following areas of research and development:

NLP/Information Extraction for Subject-Modeling, inducing/populating taxonomies and ontologies from domain-specific texts, evaluating ontologies and taxonomies, translating ontologies, using ontologies and taxonomies for IR, etc.

Starting date: fourth quarter 2008

The successful candidates will be expected to have a good primary degree in Computer Science or related discipline and relevant PhD experience in the areas of text processing / Natural Language Processing. Programming aplomb is a strong plus, as well as an interest in corpus-based approaches to NLP, figurative language processing, affective reasoning, or cognitively-plausible models of categorization, etc. Good English-language skills are also a plus, as is an appreciation for creative language.

Salary/ Funding details:

   — Post-doc salary approx 45-50k euro p.a., depending on experience
   — PhD studentships carry a 16k euro p.a. stipend (tax free) + free fees

To apply, please email a CV and contact details for two referees by 1st Sept 2008 to

Tony.Veale@ucd.ie

Please also use this address (or the snail mail address below) for informal inquiries.

Dr. Tony Veale, UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics,
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

The positions are part of a large research project "Next Generation Localisation" involving a consortium of leading Irish Universities (DCU, TCD, UCD and UL) and Industry Partners, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

The project focuses on Language Technology and Digital Content Management in Localisation.  Localisation concerns the adaptation of digital content to the specific domain, culture and language of end-users, and is applied on a continuum from industry-scale bulk localization on one end (the traditional view of localization) to the personalization of individual user experiences at the other.

I fully expect there to be scope for interesting and novel approaches to language processing, linguistic creativity and ontological categorization in this project. To see our group’s view of creative language processing, please check out http://afflatus.ucd.ie, and if you feel you can contribute to such a project, send us your CV.
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