A position for an Arabic Linguist is available at Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar (CMUQ) for a project funded by Qatar National Research Fund. The project, "Automatic Correction of Standard Arabic Text: Resource and System Development", will create a large corpus of corrected Arabic text produced by native and non-native speakers and by automatic processes (e.g., machine translation from English to Arabic). The corpus, named Qatar Arabic Language Bank (QALB), will be used to develop methods for automatic correction of Arabic text errors, e.g., spelling errors, grammar errors, lexical errors, etc.
We are looking for a person who has a strong knowledge of Standard Arabic. The candidate should have at least an MA in a related field (PhD preferred). The candidate should also be very comfortable with using a computer. Previous work on large-scale annotation efforts in computational linguistics a plus.
The position's main duty is leading the QALB annotation effort; this includes among other tasks: * Participating in (and eventually leading) the creation of guidelines for identification and classification of Arabic text errors and their correction. * Working with a programmer on the development of an interface for human annotation of corrections. * Helping with the collection and selection of materials to include in QALB. * Recruiting and training annotators to do the corrections. * Managing Annotators time and tasks. * Correcting texts and checking human annotations. * Participating in efforts to publish and distribute QALB.
The position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and background, foreign service allowance, excellent health care coverage and allowances for housing and transportation.
The project is a collaboration between CMUQ and Columbia University. Applicants will work with Nizar Habash at Columbia University and Behrang Mohit and Kemal Oflazer at CMU-Qatar. Please send your CVs to Nizar Habash (habash at ccls.columbia.edu), Behrang Mohit (behrang at cmu.edu) and Kemal Oflazer (ko at cs.cmu.edu). Please use email subject line "Arabic Linguist @ CMUQ -- CV". Include in your CV a list of references.
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