France: Postdoctoral position, France Telecom Orange Labs, CLIR

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Postdoctoral position at France Telecom Orange Labs
in the field of CLIR (Cross-Language Information Retrieval).

Location: Orange Labs in Lannion (Bretagne, France).
Starting date : as soon as possible in 2008.
Duration: 12 months (extensible to 18 months).

Activities:
The successful candidate will be involved in an R&D project
dealing with multimedia and multilingual information retrieval.
One of the main goals of the postdoctoral activities is to
contribute to the design and development of a method for
fully automated cross-language information retrieval, in the sense
of reducing or eliminating the interaction of the system with the
user when disambiguating and translating queries. Rule-based
and statistical approaches will be investigated and combined.

The targeted activities of the postdoctoral position will involve:
– Update the state of the art (methods, existing solutions, use of
CLIR).
– Evaluation of some searching tools including CLIR functions.
– Conception of a hybrid method for fully automated cross-language
information retrieval.
– Development of a prototype, its evaluation and integration within an
existing multimedia and multilingual search engine.

We are looking for candidates with the following skills:
– PhD in computer science or computational linguistics.
– Good knowledge of NLP, MT methods, IR and CLIR.
– Good programming skills: Linux, Python/Java, script languages (bash),
C++ optional.
– Languages: French and English (more will be appreciated).
– Interest and motivation for R&D activities in an industrial context.

Interested candidates should submit a CV with a description of their
research experience and interest, and names of 1 or 2 referees to:

Malek Boualem
France Telecom Orange Labs
Email: malek.boualem(at)orange-ftgroup.com
Phone: +33(0)2 96 05 29 83

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