[Corpora-List] Two fully-funded PhD positions in natural language processing and knowledge graphs

John McCrae john.mccrae at nuigalway.ie
Mon Apr 19 16:49:52 CEST 2021

We invite applications for two fully-funded 4-year PhD positions in natural language processing at the Data Science Institute of the National University of Ireland Galway.

The Data Science Institute (DSI) of the National University of Ireland, Galway [1] hosts the Insight Centre for Data Analytics [2] and the ADAPT centre [3], collaborations between several universities in Ireland. Both positions will be associated with the Unit for Linguistic Data [4] at DSI.

The first position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland through the ADAPT Centreand is on the following topic:


Term Extraction for Under-resourced Languages: Term extraction is

the task of finding terms where they are used in text and this task

has largely been applied only to a few majority languages such as

English. For under-resourced languages, including Irish, there is

comparatively little study of this task and gold standard corpora

are missing or very small. The student will investigate how a

transfer learning approach using the resources that are available

for major languages, especially English, can be applied to

under-resourced languages and scenarios. In addition to transferring

annotations, approaches that are based on meta-learning to create

classifiers for multi-word expressions which distinguish n-grams

into terms and non-terms should also be explored.

Full advert: https://www.adaptcentre.ie/about/jobs/phd-studentship-in-term-extraction-for-under-resourced-languages <https://www.adaptcentre.ie/about/jobs/phd-studentship-in-term-extraction-for-under-resourced-languages>

The second position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland as part of the Insight Centre for Data Analyticson the following topic:


Distributed Knowledge Graphs:Knowledge graphs are key for modern

artificial intelligence applications, but increasingly issues of the

availability, accessibility and heterogeneity of these resources

prevent their applications. This PhD will be concerned with how the

use of distributed file system technologies such as InterPlanetary

File System (IPFS) can be combined with linked data technologies in

order to improve both data discovery and data integration. The

successful candidate will also be involved in the COST action

CA19134 on “Distributed Knowledge Graphs” [5].

Candidates for this position should have an MSc or equivalent in a relevant field of study with an emphasis on areas such as machine learning, natural language processing or linguistics. The candidate should have good programming skills in Python or Java (and preferably experience with Tensorflow or other deep learning tools). PhD students at the Data Science Institute will receive a tax-free stipend of EUR 18,500 per year (EUR 1542 per month) for four years, in addition to having their university fees covered. The position is available to start between the 1st of June and 1st of October 2021.

Send your application (CV and cover letter, both in PDF only) by 21st May 2021 to Dr. John P. McCrae <john.mccrae at nuigalway.ie <mailto:john.mccrae at nuigalway.ie>> indicating which position you are applying to.

[1] http://www.nuigalway.ie

[2] https://www.insight-centre.org

[3] https://www.adaptcentre.ie/

[4] https://dsi.nuigalway.ie/uld

[5] https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19134/

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