[Corpora-List] Two PhD Positions in Statistical and Neural Machine Translation

Andrei Popescu-Belis andrei.popescu-belis at heig-vd.ch
Tue Feb 13 00:16:59 CET 2018

[Apologies for cross-postings]

*Two PhD Positions in Statistical and Neural Machine Translation*

The School of Business and Engineering Vaud (www.heig-vd.ch) offers bachelor and master programs in engineering and management as well as post-graduate programs. With over 2,000 students, it is the largest school in the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (www.hes-so.ch). HEIG-VD conducts applied research and development activities through its 13 institutes.



As a member of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (heig-vd.ch/tic) and of its Institute for ICT (iict.heig-vd.ch), your objectives will be the following ones:

Participate in a Swiss National Science Foundation project on heterogeneous knowledge integration within statistical and neural machine translation systems.

Carry out research towards a PhD degree, to improve and unify models of document-level dependencies, in order to demonstrate a cumulative improvement of translation quality. One of the two PhD theses will focus on designing neural models of discourse-level dependencies, while the other one will design and compare methods for leveraging and combining such models on demand in neural vs. statistical MT systems.

The PhD students will be registered in one of the doctoral schools of a partner university (e.g., EPFL or Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, or Zurich).


Masters degree or equivalent in computer science, statistical methods, or natural language processing

Previous experience with NLP, machine translation, machine learning, deep neural networks

Strong programming skills (e.g. in Python or C++)

Strong academic record and a clear aptitude for research

Autonomy, creativity, good capacities for analysis and organization of work

Good command of English and good writing skills


Full-time position

Further information: Andrei Popescu-Belis, Professor, http://iict-space.heig-vd.ch/apu/

Starting date: 1 April 2018 or later

Annual contracts, with a maximum duration of four years

Contents of application: cover letter, CV, copy of university diplomas, academic transcripts of courses and grades, summary of master thesis and publications, and the names of three persons who can provide reference letters

Applications should be submitted via http://www.jobup.ch/fr/emploi/1428660/doctorant-traduction-automatique-statistique-neuronale/ exclusively, before 8 March 2018. Review of the applications will start immediately. Full confidentiality is assured.

HEIG-VD | Human Resources | Rte de Cheseaux 1 - 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains - Switzerland

KEYWORDS: Natural language processing, discourse processing, machine translation, deep learning

-- Andrei Popescu-Belis, Professor of computer science School of Management and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HES-SO) Route de Cheseaux 1 - CP 521 - 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains http://iict-space.heig-vd.ch/apu/

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