[Corpora-List] Chair in NLP at the University of Edinburgh (deadline: 26th Jan)

Alex Lascarides alex at inf.ed.ac.uk
Tue Dec 15 16:49:30 CET 2020

CHAIR IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING Grade: within the Professorial scale School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh Full time (35 hours per week), Open-ended

Link for applications: https://elxw.fa.em3.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/job/310

DEADLINE: 26th January 2021 (5pm GMT)

Applications are invited from world-leading researchers for the Chair in Natural Language Processing in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. This is a full-time open-ended appointment at the rank of professor.

The Opportunity:

Natural Language processing is a highly interdisciplinary field of research, encompassing methods and insights from Computer Science, AI, Linguistics, Psychology and Cognitive Science. It covers a wide range of linguistic phenomena and applications, including, among others: speech processing, syntactic and semantic parsing, text-to-text and concept-to-text generation, dialogue systems, human robot interaction, and multimodal processing of language and vision and embodied conversation.

The School of Informatics is seeking to extend its teaching and research in natural language processing. Candidates with an interest in machine translation and/or multimodal NLP (e.g., language and vision) are particularly encouraged to apply, but applicants in all areas of NLP will be considered.

The School of Informatics is one of the top places in the world for research in natural language processing, and benefits from strong links to the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS), the School of Social and Political Science (SSPS), and the Institute for Design Informatics, which bridges the School of Informatics and Edinburgh College of Art. The School of Informatics and PPLS run Edinburgh’s UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in NLP. This post has been created to reinforce Edinburgh's strength in NLP and to foster inter-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and teaching.

We are now seeking a world-leading researcher who will take a leadership role in both research and teaching NLP at Edinburgh. The successful candidate will have a vision for how to develop NLP both as a field and within the Edinburgh ecosystem. As well as providing research leadership in and beyond the School of Informatics, the Chair will contribute to postgraduate teaching, undergraduate courses, curriculum development and the supervision of PhD students, in particular taking a leading role in the UKRI CDT in NLP.

Your skills and attributes for success:

PhD qualification. Experience as an established and internationally leading

academic in an area related to natural language processing. A demonstrable sustained track record of attracting

substantial research funding as a leading independent researcher. A strong track record of first author and collaborative

publications in high quality journals and international

conferences, demonstrating a world-leading research reputation

and profile. Strong research skills and deep knowledge in specialist area;

broad knowledge of the natural language processing research


All applications must contain the following supporting documents:

Teaching statement Research statement Full CV (resume) and publication list

Please note that references will be sought for all shortlisted candidates. Please indicate on your application form if you are happy for your referees to be contacted.

Feedback will only be provided to interviewed candidates.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Alex Lascarides alex at inf.ed.ac.uk.

Interviews will be held remotely in April.

For further information and the link to apply, please visit:


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