[Corpora-List] PhD and Postdoc positions in NLP at UPC, Barcelona

Xavier Carreras carreras at lsi.upc.edu
Fri Apr 20 13:34:26 CEST 2012

(note to to potential applicants, we'll be at EACL-2012 next week (April 24-27), please get in touch with us if you also attend)


The TALP Research Center of the Tecnhical University of Catalonia (UPC) invites applications for PhD and postdoctoral positions in the context of the research project "XLike: Cross-lingual Knowledge Extraction", funded by the European Commission.

The goal of the project is to extract and aggregate relational information from mainstream and social media in multiple languages. The UPC team in XLike is responsible for the NLP part of the project. Our agenda includes core research in syntactic-semantic parsing, grammar induction, robust NLP for processing social media, and domain adaptation, using supervised and unsupervised statistical and machine learning approaches. The senior members of the UPC research team for XLike are Xavier Carreras (leader), Lluís Padró, Ariadna Quattoni and Jordi Turmo.

The selected researchers will join the TALP Research Center of the UPC in Barcelona, and will be part of the PASCAL2 Network of Excellence. The PhD candidate will enroll in a PhD program in Computer Science at the UPC, with specializations in Artificial Intelligence and Computing.

The ideal PhD candidate should have a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Computational Linguistics. Candidates that already have a Masters degree in topics related to Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning will be preferred. We expect a highly-motivated student, with fluent English, excellent programming skills, and a creative mind. Previous experience with topics related to the project is not required, but will be a plus.

The ideal postdoctoral candidate should have a PhD in Natural Language Processing, with a strong record of publications in syntactic/semantic parsing, machine translation and/or machine learning for NLP. We expect the postdoctoral researcher to take a leading role in her/his research agenda, and tightly collaborate with the rest of the team. The duration of the postdoctoral contract will be negotiated with the candidate.

The position is open until filled, but applications sent no later than May 2012 will receive full consideration. The starting date is September 1, 2012 (earlier or later start is possible depending on the needs of the selected candidates).

Applications and inquiries should be sent to Xavier Carreras by email (/carreras /at /lsi /upc /edu/), with subject "PhD/Postdoc application". Applications should include: your CV, a 1-2 page statement of research experience and interests, 2-3 references (with email and relation) and list of publications. Indicate your plans for the next few months, and your ideal start date (and duration of contract for postdoctoral candidates). Only PDF.


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