[Corpora-List] Post-doctoral position in Statistical Machine Translation in Amsterdam

Khalil Sima`an k.simaan at uva.nl
Tue Mar 11 12:11:46 CET 2014

The<http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Esimaan/research_all.html>SLPL Lab <http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Esimaan/research_all.html>, led by<http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Esimaan>Dr Khalil. Sima'an <http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Esimaan>, is seeking to attract three year post-doctoral researchers in Statistical Machine Translation. In March 2014 the SLPL Lab. consists of 6 PhD students, 1 postdoc and a programmer. The SLPL Lab still has 5 vacancies among which post-doctoral positions.

Postdoc in Statistical Machine Translation

for 38 hours per week

vacancy number PD2/DatAptor/Vici

gross monthly salary EUR 2,427 to EUR 3,831 (scale 10)

/(gross salary is increased by 8% holiday allowance and 8.3 % bonus on yearly basis)/


Prospective candidates should

* Hold or be about to obtain a PhD degree in statistical natural

language processing or a related research area with experience in

statistical learning and/or machine translation.

* Have aproven track record of excellence in research, as witnessed by

a strong publication list in relevant first-tier conference

proceedings or journals.

* Have a proven experience in and affinity with programming and

empirical experimentation with text (parallel) corpora.

* Have strong passion for research, a drive to publish and the wish to

learn new skills through working with or assisting in guiding PhD

and MSc students.

* Have good communication skills in English, both oral and written.


* Conduct research in SMT on, e.g., domain adaptation, semantic

factors in SMT, paraphrasing, (hierarchical) reordering models, MT

evaluation or statistical learning in SMT.

* Present and publish research findings together with team members in

proceedings and journals.

* Program and test the developed algorithms in prototype systems and

make these usable for other team members.

* Assist in guiding PhD and MSc students working on topics in

Computational Linguistics at large.

* While this is primarily a research position, the successful

candidate will be expected to also make a small contribution to



The appointment will be for a period of 36 months (full-time, 38 hours/week) after a 12 month probation period. The starting date is as soon as possible. The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel in the Netherlands, and will range from approximately EUR 2,427 to EUR 3,831 (scale 10), depending on experience. The annual salary is increased by 8% holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus (effectively 13th and 14th months). The Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch universities is applicable.

Further information

For further information on the open positions contact dr. Khalil Sima'ank.simaan at uva.nl <mailto:k.simaan at uva.nl>.

Job application

Applications (single PDF file) should consists of (1) a brief letter of motivation, (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, (3) a list of publications, (4) the names and contact details of three academic referees and (5) a link to a website with an online version of PhD thesis and relevant publications (e.g., your professional homepage --please do not include articles or thesis in your application).

Applications must be sent electronically both to k.simaan at uva.nl <mailto:k.simaan at uva.nl>and to application-science at uva.nl <mailto:application-science at uva.nl>, mentioning the vacancy number in the subject line.Deadline for applications is 1 June 2014 but recruitment will continue until position is filled with a suitable candidate.

Refer to

Dr Khalil Sima'an (link:<http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Esimaan>http://staff.science.uva.nl/~simaan <http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Esimaan>)

-- Dr Khalil Sima`an Associate Professor Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) University of Amsterdam (UvA) http://staff.science.uva.nl/~simaan Tel 020 525 6573

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