[Corpora-List] Research Position: Biomedical Text Mining (Melbourne, Australia)

Lawrence CAVEDON lcavedon at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Thu Oct 9 08:05:51 CEST 2008

[apologies for the cross-posting]

Researcher / Senior Researcher Position in

Text Mining for Biomedical Applications

NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory Melbourne, Australia

Closing date: October 24, 2008

National ICT Australia (NICTA) is seeking a researcher for a project in Text and Language Processing for Biomedical Applications. Appointment may be made at the Researcher or at the Senior Researcher level. The appointment is for at least 2 years, potentially renewable for a 3rd year, to commence in January 2009 (or as soon as possible after that). Remuneration is at an internationally competitive level. NICTA welcomes and supports international applicants.

The appointee will work with NICTA research staff, engineering staff, University of Melbourne faculty and postgraduate students, and external biomedical collaborators (especially within Melbourne's Bio21 precinct) to develop new techniques in information access and presentation, document processing, and text mining, with application to the biomedical research and clinical domain. Expected outcomes will include fundamental research, publications in high-impact venues, development of novel IP, and prototype systems and demonstrators (built with support of staff engineers). Other duties will include working with external biomedical partners to understand and respond to needs, and supervision of University of Melbourne research students.

Key requirements and selection criteria for the position include: - a PhD in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Artificial

Intelligence, or a related discipline; - a strong track record of publication in respected journals and

international conferences; - demonstrated expertise in a research area related to the goals of

the project, including: information retrieval, natural language

processing, question answering, human computer interaction in an IR

setting, parsing, named entity recognition and resolution, text

summarisation, ontology building / integration, system efficiency; - good interpersonal skills and a demonstrated commitment to working

collaboratively in a research team and delivering on team goals; - excellent communication skills in a variety of contexts, including

presentation of research and liasing with external collaborators; - a strong interest in collaborating with external domain partners to

understand their needs and to jointly develop solutions; - applicants to the Senior Researcher level are expected to have

demonstrated ability to craft a research agenda and to effectively

supervise junior staff and research students.

Other desirable skills and selection criteria include: - previous experience in the biomedical domain; - programming skills in a variety of languages; - demonstrated experience in statistical techniques for NLP and/or

experimental design and analysis for computer science research; - an interest in developing Intellectual Property that may lead to

commercial development by NICTA.

National ICT Australia (NICTA) is Australia.s ICT Research Centre of Excellence. NICTA brings together world-class researchers and professional staff to enhance their skills and build a culture of entrepreneurship and achievement in use-inspired research. This will build Australia's ICT capacity into the future.

NICTA's Victoria Research Laboratory (VRL) is housed on the University of Melbourne campus, in the Parkville precinct of Melbourne, and within walking distance to one of the world's richest congregation of biomedical hospitals and research institutions. NICTA VRL has made a strong commitment to developing its Bioiformatics research program; the Snr/Researcher will be encouraged to work with researchers from the wider Bioinformatics team, as well as the other researchers on this specific project. VRL has establised partnerships with a number of Melbourne's leading biomedical research institutions and biomedical projects with international profile; further collaborative partnerships are constantly being developed.

Further information: Please contact Dr. Lawrence Cavedon (lawrence.cavedon at nicta.com.au) with enquiries or to register interest ; visit the project website at: http://nicta.com.au/research/projects/BioTALA

Applications: Please visit NICTA Careers (http://nicta.com.au/director/careers.cfm) to view the criteria essential to this role and to apply online.

Closing date: October 24, 2008

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