4 year paid PhD position, natural language processing, Groningen

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    PhD Computational Linguistics QT by Deep Language Engineering Approaches


    Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed
    an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of
    higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The
    Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, CLCG, is a research
    institute based in the Faculty of Arts with research groups in
    computational linguistics, syntax and semantics, discourse and
    communication, and neurolinguistics. It offers a PhD position in the
    area of computational linguistics.

    Job description

    Applications are invited for a PhD candidate in the area of
    computational linguistics. This position is part of the European
    Project "QTLeap": Quality Translation by Deep Language Engineering
    Approaches. The goal of the project is to obtain improvements in
    machine translation, building on the complementarities of symbolic and
    probabilistic approaches. The computational linguistics group in
    Groningen is responsible for the Dutch language in the project, as
    well as for the language generation components. A full project
    description is available upon request.


    Master's degree in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence
    or computer science excellent record of undergraduate and Master's
    level study experience in the area of natural language processing,
    statistical modeling and/or machine learning programming experience
    ability to work in a research team strong motivation to complete a PhD
    dissertation in four years good command of English (TOEFL 620, IELTS
    7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE).

    Conditions of employment

    The University of Groningen offers a salary of EURO 2,083 gross per month
    in the first year to EURO 2,664 gross per month in the fourth year
    (figures based on full employment). The 0.9 fte appointment is
    temporary for a specified period of four years. The position requires
    residence in Groningen, 34,2 hours/week research and research
    training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year
    there will be an assessment of the candidate's results and the
    progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be


    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 and will be
    supervised by Prof.dr. Gertjan van Noord.


    You may apply for this position before 25 October 2013 Dutch local
    time by means of the application form at

    Please include in your application (in English): a letter of
    motivation, curriculum vitae, a copy of diplomas with lists of grades,
    and a passport copy. Please also provide reference letters by two
    academic referees. Do mention the vacancy number in your application.

    Send us your entire application in PDF format, using the link to the
    application form. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into
    consideration. Interviews with a selection of the most appropriate
    candidates will presumably take place at the end of October or early

    The starting date of the PhD project is 1 November 2013.

    Acquisition is not appreciated.


    For further information you can contact:

    Prof. Gertjan van Noord,
    g.j.m.van.noord@rug.nl (please do not use for applications)
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