[Corpora-List] Postdoctoral researcher in Statistical Machine Translation at ILLC-UvA

Khalil Sima`an k.simaan at uva.nl
Wed Mar 30 15:04:55 CEST 2016

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The postdoc position (fixed term of two years) is part of the SLPL Lab <https://staff.fnwi.uva.nl/k.simaan/research_all.html>, led by Professor Khalil Sima'an. SLPL currently has 7 PhD candidates, 3 postdoctoral researchers and two research assistants working on five ongoing externally funded projects, including a Vici, H2020 QT21, ITN EXPERT, an Open Competition and an STW project. Please consult theSLPL Lab page<https://staff.fnwi.uva.nl/k.simaan/research_all.html>for more detail.

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to fulfil the following tasks:

* conduct research in (preferably hierarchical) statistical machine

translation with particular interest in word-order, morphology,

semantics and other specific challenges;

* present and publish research findings together with SLPL 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 minor contribution to



Prospective candidates should:

* hold a PhD degree in statistical natural language processing or a

related research area with experience in statistical machine


* have a proven 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 as well as teaching;

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

Further information

For more information about the position please contact:

* Khalil Sima’an <mailto:k.simaan at uva.nl>


The full-time appointment (38 hours per week) will be on a temporary basis, initially for one year with an extension for another year on positive evaluation.

Depending on experience, the gross monthly salary will range from €3,044 in the first year to €3,996 (scale 10), excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% annual bonus TheCollective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities<http://www.vsnu.nl/en_GB/cao-universiteiten.html> is applicable.

Job application

Applications ( single PDF file ) should consist of:

* a brief letter of motivation;

* a detailed curriculum vitae;

* a list of publications;

* the names and contact details of three academic referees, and

* a link to a website with an online version of the PhD thesis and

relevant publications (e.g., your professional homepage).

NB: Do not include articles or thesis in your application.

_Completed applications should be submitted by 15 May 2016 to _Khalil Simaan <mailto:k.simaan at uva.nl>_ and should state your name and vacancy number 16-126 in the subject field._

/No agencies please/

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