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many thanks, Ted Briscoe
Cambridge ESOL, part of the Cambridge Assessment Group, Europe's largest assessment agency, wishes to provide funding for potential graduate students who would like to enter the PhD programmes offered by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in the area of Natural Language and Information Processing.
The scholarship is offered to inform the English Profile Programme (EPP) and as part of the Computer Laboratory's (CUCL) contribution to the second phase of EPP. The PhD candidate would investigate the use of data/text mining and knowledge discovery techniques as an empirical and systematic method for uncovering criterial, discriminative linguistic features of the different Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels, exemplified in the Cambridge Learner Corpus (CLC) and other learner text being gathered as part of the EPP. An appropriate candidate for the PhD studentship will have a good first-class honours or equivalent degrees in computer science and some expertise in computational linguistics, statistics, machine learning, and/or data mining.
see http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/jobs/vacancies.cgi?job=4976 for further details