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Research positions at the University of Lisbon
The NLX - Natural Language and Speech Group at the Department of Informatics of the University of Lisbon is seeking post-graduate or post-doctoral researchers to work on the development of linguistically interpreted corpora and the companion grammar for deep processing of Portuguese. The starting date is approximately January 2008.
Factors of preference: experience or an interest in grammar development, with programming experience; background in linguistic theory, grammar formalisms and/or computational semantics. Knowledge of Portuguese is not required, but will be a plus.
The successful candidates will work in the SemanticShare research project, in the scope of the international DELPH-IN initiative.
Candidates envisaging to work towards their academic degrees in tandem with their work in the project are encouraged to apply.
Research specializations of particular interest include, though they are not restricted to, the following: - exploitation of monolingual or parallel corpora for NLP tasks - machine learning and stochastic methods building on deep linguistic
processing tools/combinations of multiple tools - exploitation of the grammar to support paraphrase-enhanced Question
All positions will have an initial 6 month contract, extending over two years. Further extensions are possible (subject to the availability of funding).
The social benefits include insurance and public social security contract, and the net salary is determined by the pay scale of the Portuguese funding agency FCT: http://www.fct.mctes.pt/pt/apoios/bolsas/valores/ For a PhD student, this amounts to approximately EUR 1000 per month.
The University of Lisbon offers an attractive academic environment, in a campus located in the center of the town; the NLX Group (http://nlxgroup.di.fc.ul.pt/) has interdisciplinary ties with Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience and Philosophy via a joint cognitive science program.
Interested candidates are invited to send their application materials (a C.V., [links to] sample publications, a statement of research interests, two references, and the possible date to start), preferably by email, to the address below. Applications received by December 21, 2008 will receive fullest consideration; however, the search continues until the positions have been filled.
Prof. António Branco Departamento de Informática Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa Campo Grande 1749-016 Lisboa Portugal
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. António Branco, at Antonio.Branco [AT] di.fc.ul.pt