Assistant Professor: Language technologist with expertise in Artificial Intelligence (ref. ZAP-2019-171)
The Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven offers a fulltime tenure-track position (100% assistant professor) for a language technologist with expertise in the domain of Artificial Intelligence. We are looking for candidates who are internationally oriented, have and excellent research record and relevant teaching competence in Artificial Intelligence.
The Department of Linguistics at KU Leuven is an internationally oriented center for research and training in linguistics. The department is committed to a wide range of approaches to the study of language(s), with a focus on different research methods, theoretical frameworks and phenomena. Candidates have a profile that complements the existing expertise within the department and that will help to set up interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments and centers within and beyond the Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven.
You conduct research in the domain of theoretical or applied linguistics, with a specific focus on the interface between linguistics and Artificial Intelligence. You develop a coherent research program in which state-of-the-art techniques such as deep learning (for natural language processing), or more broadly, artificial neural networks are implemented in linguistic research. The application of these techniques can be situated in corpus compilation, annotation and analysis, but also in simulation and computational modeling. You join in with one or more topics that are of central importance to the research groups of the Linguistics Department, and more broadly the Faculty of Arts, such as semantic and morphosyntactic classification, distributional semantics, language acquisition, automatic recognition and synthesis of multimodal and multimedia data, (face-to-face) interaction, automatic translation, automatic parsing, formal-theoretical linguistics and variational linguistics.
You become a member of the research group that matches your research profile best. At the same time, you support and develop initiatives that connect the research of the research group or department with other research domains, both within and beyond the Faculty of Arts, in which Artificial Intelligence plays or may play an important role (e.g. through active membership of the Leuven Centre for Artificial Intelligence or the Centre for Language, Technology and Application). You will take initiatives to acquire competitive funding, and will actively help to build future (interdisciplinary) research projects.
You will have a teaching assignment of about 20-25 ECTS credits in the bachelor program Linguistics and Literature, the master in Linguistics, the master in Artificial Intelligence, and optionally also in the master Digital Humanities, with a clear commitment to the quality of the program as a whole. Your teaching is expected to meet the standards of an academic program in terms of its level, orientation and academic content.
You contribute to the pedagogical project of the faculty by supervising master’s theses in the above-mentioned master programs and by taking initiatives for the training of junior researchers in your domain of expertise (e.g. as part of the PhD program).
Your teaching assignment will primarily take place on the faculty’s campus in Leuven, but you should be prepared to take on teaching assignments on other campuses of the faculty and in related program, should this be deemed desirable.
You will develop your teaching approach in keeping with KU Leuven’s educational vision, and will make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and university.
You are prepared to take on internal administrative and management duties, and to assist in intensifying the relations between the programs and the professional field.
You hold a PhD in Linguistics or Computer Science (or an equivalent relevant degree) with a specific focus on the application and/or implementation of Artificial Intelligence for linguistic research. Your research profile of language technologist with expertise in Artificial Intelligence is of added value to the research activities of the Department of Linguistics and the Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven.
You have outstanding didactic qualities in academic education and you have an excellent research record. The quality of your research should be evidenced by high-level international publications.
You possess organizational skills and have a collegial spirit.
Your application file should include a fully developed research proposal for the coming years (maximally two pages) and a profile statement outlining your view on teaching (maximally two pages).
The official language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch respectively English to the required standard.
We offer a fulltime position in an intellectually inspiring environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
You will be appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years. After this period and a positive evaluation, you are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor. KU Leuven is well-equipped to welcome foreign professors and their family. The university provides practical support concerning immigration and administration, housing, child care, Dutch courses, career coaching for partners, etc. In order to facilitate scientific integration and research in the first stage of the appointment, a start-up grant of 100.000 Euros is offered to new professors who do not have other substantial research funding.
A full description of the vacancy can be found at: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55501283?hl=en&lang=en
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Geert Brône, tel.: +32 3 502 15 16, mail: geert.brone at kuleuven.be.For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren at kuleuven.be.
KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.
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