[Corpora-List] Phd studentships open in Natural Language Processing

Aitor Soroa a.soroa at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 08:21:26 CEST 2018

IXA NLP Group (http://ixa.eus/) Computer Science Faculty. University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian.

The IXA group invites applications for PhD studentships starting Fall 2019, for a period of three to four years.

The PhD positions are funded by the Spanish government in a competitive call. We are ready to host and supervise the candidate, and to assist with the PhD project and application procedure. The studentships cover tuition fees and a stipend of 16,422€ per year on average (1,173€ in 14 monthly payments).

Some possible topics for the PhD, among others, are the following:

- Neural Machine Translation. Applying Deep Learning techniques for

unsupervised Machine Translation to improve MT with scarce resources

in specific domains.

- Multilingual Text Acquisition. Automatic development of semantic

processors leveraging parallel data: (i) using word alignments

traditionally used in MT (ii) using continuous word representations.

- Dialogue Systems for QA: Use previous experiences to train dialogue

management modules of chatbots, based on deep learning techniques,

with applications to community question answering.

- Vision and Language. Multimodal representations for richer semantic

interpretations: using grounded multimodal representation for word and

sentences that combine textual and visual features to acquire

background knowledge information.

- Neural Network Architectures for semantic parsing, including Word

Sense Disambiguation, Natural Language Inference (NLI and STS

datasets), with applications to community question answering.

- Domain Adaptation: Explore automatic techniques to improve the

performance of NLP tools in legal and medical domains, with emphasis

on information extraction

- Discourse and Pragmatics: Coreference and Opinion Mining. / Event

identification. /Discourse Structure and Summarization.

In order to be eligible, you must fulfill the following requirements:

- 240 ECTS already completed with excellent grades in a computer science

or linguistics related bachelor degree (obtained after January

2015). The degree certificate has to be standardized following the

official Spanish Government procedure. Please check the following URL

for further information:


- To be in the final year of an official title (master degree) that

gives access to the PhD program.

- For non Spanish citizens, to possess an official Spanish Certificate

equivalent to B2 level, according to Common European Framework of

Reference for Languages.

The procedure is the following:

- Apply to the grant's first phase by filling the electronic form at


you will be required to provide your degree certificate as well as a

language certificate (if you are not a Spanish citizen).

- The application deadline is 16th of 29th October, 14:00 CET.

- If you are selected for the second phase, please contact us at

<a.soroa at ehu.eus> for a skype interview and talk about further

steps (tesis project, supervisor, etc).

Additional information **********************

Please see the following URL for more details about the call (in Spanish):


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