A KTP Associate position in Human Language Technology (HLT) (Natural Language Processing) is available in the Language and Computation (L&C) Group at the University of Essex, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.
The position is supported by a new KTP project between L&C and Minority Rights Group, a NGO based in central London. In the project, HLT techniques will be used to develop a civilian-led monitoring system in areas of conflict, such as Iraq.
About the NGO
The Minority Rights Group
is a charity which seeks to promote the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide by undertaking human rights research and publishing, training and capacity-building of NGOs on the ground, and international advocacy and litigation.
The Language and Computation Group at the University of Essex
is one of the best known HLT/NLP teams in the UK, with an international reputation in information extraction, information retrieval, summarization, crowdsourcing, and multilingual HLT, in particular Arabic HLT. The University is located in a beautiful area of the country, with easy access to London by train and to the rest of Europe through Stansted airport.
The role of the KTP Associate
In the project we will use techniques including text classification methods, information extraction methods such as geotagging, entity disambiguation and event extraction (including from text messages / blogs) and techniques for collecting and comparing multiple reports about the same event to support the MRG team in their analysis of reports from conflict areas in particular from Arabic countries. The information extracted from the text will be analysed using open-source platforms for integrating information from multiple sources such as Ushahidi:
We are therefore looking for candidates with a a strong background in HLT/NLP/computational linguistics (CL) and in-depth knowledge of machine learning techniques as used in HLT/NLP. Strong programming skills in Java are essential. Knowledge of Arabic highly desirable but not essential. Experience with some or all of the following is also highly desirable: information extraction/text mining, text classification, document clustering, platforms such as Ushahidi, crowdsourcing, evaluation methodologies. The ideal candidate will have an MSc and preferrably a PhD with a focus on HLT and experience of an extensive range of HLT techniques.
About the position
The position will be for 36 months, starting from as soon as possible after April 1st, 2014. The salary will be in the range £25,000-£30,000 per annum depending on experience.
To apply, please go online at:
and then search for Job Reference KTP226. Please note that the deadline for application is in one month, on
12 March 2014
For further information, please contact
Massimo Poesio (poesio at essex.ac.uk) or Udo Kruschwitz (udo at essex.ac.uk)