For 1.0 fte, full-time
Vacancy number 1.2012.00313
The VU University Amsterdam is looking for a Researcher for the European project NewsReader. The goal of the project is to automatically process large volumes of news in 4 European languages to extract what happened, when and where and who was involved. The result is stored in a Knowledge Store that builds up a record of history over time, representing story lines of what happened by connecting events. New information is added to known information, duplication is removed, information is complemented and differences across different sources are stored. The Knowledge Store is used by decision makers that need to respond to news within critical time frames. The system is tested for the economic-financial domain and should be able to provide answers for the economic crisis. The project starts in January 2013 and will last for 3 years.
The Researcher will work at two top-research centers of the VU University that are at the heart of the Network Institute of the VU, which hosts 200 researchers from different disciplines. The project has a strong international focus, with both innovative research topics as application perspectives and the post-docs will collaboration with top-research groups in Europe in the field.
Tasks The Researcher will develop software and methodologies to extract events, participants and entities from Dutch and English news text and apply event modeling on the output, dealing with event co reference, relations between events, factuality of events, larger event scripts, activities and phenomena, plots and story lines, etc. Since the VU University of Amsterdam is coordinating this project, we expect that the Researcher also supports the management of the project and take a lead in strategic project decisions (at management, exploitation and technical levels). We are looking for an ambitious full time Researcher.
Requirements The Researcher should preferably have the following qualifications: • a PhD in computational linguistics, computer engineering, semantic web technology or any comparable discipline; • experience and knowledge of natural language processing systems; • experience and knowledge about semantic processing of texts in different languages, preferably but not necessarily Dutch and English; • knowledge about text and knowledge representation formats; • advanced computational skills, including parallel and distributed programming; • familiar with both the computational linguistics as the semantic web community; • strong conceptual thinkers that love to solve complex and challenging problems; • team workers that deliver results and output within a tight time-schedule of 3 months cycles.
Further Particulars The initial appointment will be at the Faculty of Arts for a period of one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of three years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at www.workingatvu.nl
Salary The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel experience, and will have a maximum of €3.195,- gross per month in the first year based on a fulltime employment.
Information For additional information please contact: Prof. Piek Vossen Phone number +31 (0)20 5986457 E-mail: mail: p.t.j.m.vossen at vu.nl
Application Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or two references. Written applications should be sent before December 15th 2012 to: VU University Amsterdam Faculty of Arts Attn.: mr. A.W .Mulder, managing director De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands It is also possible to apply by e-mail to: vacature.let at vu.nl
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