Applied Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting, Saarland
is inviting applications for*two* three-year Early Stage Researcher pre-doctoral positions in corpus-based approaches to machine translation. The positions are part of the new EU Framework 7 Marie Curie Network EXPERT, concerned with the exploitation of empirical approaches to machine translation, including statistical machine translation and example-based machine translation.
The two projects allocated to Saarland University are:
1. Investigation of an ideal translation workflow for hybrid
translation, which is concerned with translation technology in real
2. Use of terminologies and ontologies to improve corpus-based
approaches to translation, which is concerned with NLP technologies
for matching text translations and retrieval techniques used in
The work in both projects will focus on statistical and machine learning techniques to address the problems. It will also involve aspects of human translation studies, based on a strong interaction with some of the partners in EXPERT. The research will be conducted in the research environment of Saarland University, with opportunities for collaborative work with several of the leading universities and industrial partners in EXPERT, and with the expectation of a 6 month secondments to 2-3 partners in this project based on their topic of research.
Applicants should hold a good honours degree in a relevant field of study (e.g. computational linguistics, computer science) and have experience in natural language processing, machine translation or related area. They should also have a solid background in statistics and good programming skills (C/C++, Java, Python/Perl, etc.). See the job specification for more details on the expected profile: http://126.96.36.199/fileadmin/user_upload/abt/sdv/dev/Job_EXPERT-uds1_02.pdf and http://188.8.131.52/fileadmin/user_upload/abt/sdv/dev/Job_EXPERT-uds2_01.pdf.
The *application process* consists of two compulsory stages:
*Stage 1*: Go to www.expert-itn.eu <http://www.expert-itn.eu/>and enter the basic details requested. You will receive a reference number and confirmation.
Only applicants completing both of the above stages will be considered.
*Eligibility criteria*: Early Stage Researchers must be, at the time of recruitment, in the first four years of their research careers, measured from the date when they obtained the qualification which would entitle them to embark on a doctorate. As per Marie Curie Terms and Conditions, researchers must not have resided in the country of application for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the appointment. More information on the Marie Curie scheme regarding eligibility criteria can be found in Section III.3 of this documentftp://ftp.cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp7/docs/fp7-mga-annex3intramulti_en.pdf. __
Female candidates meeting the requirements for these posts are particularly encouraged to apply.
*Salary for this grade*: The successful individual will be employed as a salaried researcher at Saarland University, while studying his/her PhD. Salary rates and additional mobility and training allowances are as per the Marie Curie rates (see Annex 3 of this document http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/download?docId=31562, page 69).__
The post is *full-time* and *fixed-term* for three years starting on the 1 March 2013 or soon after.
*Closing date*: 31.12.2012
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