[Corpora-List] PhD position at CLST, Radboud University Nijmegen

Henk van den Heuvel H.vandenHeuvel at let.ru.nl
Wed Feb 18 10:41:34 CET 2009

*PhD 'Topic and Speaker Tracking in Broadcast Archives' (1.0 fte)*

*Faculty of Arts*

*Vacancy number: 23.08.09*

*Extended closing date: 8 March 2009*

*Job description*

In the project BATS (Topic and Speaker Tracking in Broadcast Archives) we have an opening for a PhD position in audio mining and spoken document retrieval. The project aims at making it possible to search in audio/visual archives, as is currently possible in searching for written documents on the web. The approach is to use speech technology tools such as speech and speaker recognition to automatically transcribe and label the data in the archives, and then apply text retrieval techniques to disclose the archive. The doctoral research will focus on two techniques: topic detection, based on speech recognition and word spotting techniques; and speaker detection, based on a combination of the voice characteristics of the speaker and the contents of the speech. Apart from working on state-of-the-art technology, the research will involve development and assessment of a prototype search environment, with a focus on iterative, or refined, search strategies. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven (Prof. H. Van hamme). The PhD thesis will consist of a collection of journal papers about the research subjects mentioned above.


The successful candidate must have a strong background in computer science, pattern recognition and/or signal processing. In addition, he/she must have an interest in human factors issues and user interface design. Good communication skills in English are essential, as well as a good record of collaboration in teams. Candidates must be authorized to work in the EU.


The Faculty of Arts consists of eleven departments in the area of language and culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for about 2,700 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research. The PhD student will work in an inspiring environment as a member of an international and interdisciplinary team with representatives from the universities of Nijmegen and Leuven as well as the Flemish Broadcast Organisation, which offers excellent career perspectives in academia and industry.

*Conditions of employment*

The total duration of the contract is 3.5 years. The PhD student will receive an initial contract for the duration of 18 months with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years.

Informal inquiries should be made to Prof Dr David van Leeuwen (*T* +31 (0)346 356235; *E* d.vanleeuwen at let.ru.nl) or prof. dr Lou Boves (*T* +31 (0)24 361 2902; *E* L.Boves at let.ru.nl).

*Additional information*

The starting gross salary is € 2.000 per month based on a full-time employment.

Preferable starting date: April 2008.

An elaborate description of the project plan (in Dutch) or a summary description (in English) can be obtained upon request. Please ask Hella Jooren (h.jooren at let.ru.nl).

*Application letters, including extensive CV and MA thesis and the names of at least two references, *(with vacancy number: 23.08.09, preferably by e-mail) *can be sent to:*

Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts,

Department of Human Resources, attn. of Ms. A. Graat

P.O. Box 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, the Netherlands

E-mail: vacatures at let.ru.nl

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