[Corpora-List] postdoc position in computational semantics at the University of Groningen

J.Bos johan.bos at rug.nl
Wed Dec 12 17:19:29 CET 2012

Postdoc Data-driven computational semantics (1,0 fte) (212279)


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, CLCG, is a research institute based in the Faculty of Arts with research groups (among others) in computational linguistics, syntax and semantics, discourse and communication, and neurolinguistics. It offers a postdoc position in the area of computational semantics and machine learning.

Job description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 2-year postdoc position (with a possible extension of 6-12 months) focussing on data-driven computational semantics, as part of the Deep Meaning Annotation Project, funded by an endowed-chair position.  The postdoc position will focus on the use and development of machine learning approaches for semantic processing. One of the challenges will be to develop statistical models for semantic disambiguation taking into account annotated data collected by games with a purpose and expert annotators, including tasks such as word sense disambiguation, named entity recognition, noun-noun compound interpretation, and anaphora resolution. The research will be carried out as part of the computational semantics group headed by Prof. Johan Bos, which currently consists of three PhD students.  


Candidates must have a PhD (or close to completion) in computer science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics or a closely related area. In addition, they should have a strong background in machine learning and natural language processing, and good programming skills, and enjoy working in a closely collaborating team.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a starting salary of € 3,195 (scale 11.0 CAO-NU) gross per month, with an additional 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end of year bonus on the basis of of a full time appointment. You will be based in Groningen for the duration of the contract. The position is funded for two years at 1.0 fte (with a possible extension of 6-12 months). 


You can apply for this vacancy not later than 15 January 2013 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the universities website).  Interviews are scheduled on 23 January 2013.  Please include in your application:

- a letter of motivation in which you describe why you are interested in   this project, and why you think you are a good candidate  - your curriculum vitae (including selected publications)  - the names and e-mail addresses of two referees.  

For information you can contact Prof. Johan Bos, johan a-dot bos at rug another-dot nl

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