8.1611, Jobs: General Ling/Trans (Kuwait U), Ling Engineer

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Subject: 8.1611, Jobs: General Ling/Trans (Kuwait U), Ling Engineer

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Date:  Sat, 08 Nov 1997 16:06:12 +0300
From:  Lafi Alharbi <LALHARBI at kuc01.kuniv.edu.kw>
Subject:  General Ling (Kuwait University)

Date:  Sat, 08 Nov 97 15:51:40 +0000
From:  hdry
Subject:  Linguistics Engineer

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Sat, 08 Nov 1997 16:06:12 +0300
From:  Lafi Alharbi <LALHARBI at kuc01.kuniv.edu.kw>
Subject:  General Ling (Kuwait University)

***************************** Job Announcement***********************

Kuwait University
Faculty of Arts
English Department

The department of English language and Literature at Kuwait University
invites applications for the following posts, available September

General linguistics (syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics,
psycholinguistics, computational linguistics).

Translation (Arabic-English Translation)

English literature (literary and applied criticism, comparative
literature (Arabic-English).


English language instructors (writing instructors, English
conversation instructor).

Qualifications & Duties:-

Candidates must hold at least an associate post no less than three
years prior to appointment. Strong publication record and native
tongue are advantages. The successful candidate for faculty position
is expected to teach three courses per semester (9/h/w).

The successful candidate for the English language instructor must hold
at least M.A. or M.Sc. in applied linguistics or English language
teaching.  Instructors of writing and conversation are specially
encouraged to apply.  Teaching experience at collage level is
required. Native tongue is an advantage. The language instructor is
expected to teach five language skill courses (15/h/w).


Competitive salary scales ($4300-$5000 per month for associate
professor and $5000-$6300 per month for professor, and $2.500-$3000
per month for language instructor).  Kuwait University faculty are
entitled to accommodation allowance of $1800 per month for associate
professor and $2100 per month for professor. Kuwait is a tax-free
country, and the salary is paid at monthly intervals for 12 months a
year including paid summer vacation for three moths/year. In addition,
all Kuwait University faculty and language instructors are entitled
to:- (a) FREE comprehensive health insurance for faculty, spouse and
three children,

(b) FREE school tuition for up to three children,

(c) Annual return ticket for faculty, spouse and up to three children.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they arrive (expected
Dec./Jan.1998) .
To apply, submit the followings:-
	1. application form (obtained from addresses below)
	2. photocopies of ALL certificates (BA, MA, Diploma & Ph.D.)
	3. letter of interest and sample of publication.

Send application to:=09
		Dean of Faculty of Arts, Kuwait University,
		POBox 23558, Safat 13096, KUWAIT.

To obtain an application form in USA (for USA and Canada) contact:
		Kuwait University Office
		3500 International Dr. NW, Washington DC 20003
		Phone: 202/364-2100   FAX: 202/537-3253

To obtain an application form in Europe contact:
		Kuwait Embassy,  Cultural attache
		(Kuwait University office)
		46 Queen's Gate, London, S.W.7
		Tel: 589 4533

For queries and further information contact Dr. Lafi Alharbi
(smtp%"LALHARBI at kuc01.kuniv.edu.kw")..
or visit English Department home page at Kuwait University web site:

-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Sat, 08 Nov 97 15:51:40 +0000
From:  hdry
Subject:  Linguistics Engineer

Position Specification
Linguistics Engineer

While the Internet has revolutionized the availability of information,
navigating these vast resources and finding relevant information
remains a major problem.  Perspecta's products will provide users with
a radical new way to turn increasingly overwhelming amounts of
information into a manageable , usable, and valuable resource.

The Founding of Perspecta Perspecta was founded in January 1996 by
Earl Rennison, Lisa Strausfeld, and Nicolas Saint-Arnaud, alumni of
the MIT Media Lab, and technology industry leaders Steve Holtzman and
Nicholas Negroponte.

Prior to founding Perspecta, the founders developed revolutionary new
ways of representing and navigating through large volumes of
information through their work in the Visible Language Workshop at
the Media Lab.  Through their work, Rennison and Strausfeld painted
a visionary picture of the future of information organization and
navigation with their Galaxy of News, Financial Viewpoints, and The
Millennium Project which received worldwide recognition, won
international awards, and provided the foundation for other research
projects, both in and out of the Media Lab.

>>From Boston to Silicon Valley

In 1994, the MIT students met Steve Holtzman, a computer industry
veteran from Silicon Valley whose recently published book, Digital
Mantras, had received critical acclaim as a philosophy of creativity
for the digital age.  The book resonated with many people at the Media
Lab as it reinforced the notion that new methods and paradigms were
required to unleash the potential of digital expression.  Upon
completing their research at the Media Lab, Earl, Lisa, and Nicolas
approached Holtzman and Nicholas Negroponte, the founder and director
of the Media Lab, to explore how they might establish a company to
commercialize their ideas.  Together, they founded Perspecta in
January 1996, with initial seed funding provided by Holtzman and
Negroponte.  The company moved to San Francisco and began the process
of building a team to deliver its first products.

Now with eighteen employees and venture-funding from Applied
Technology, Sofinnova, and Informix Software, Perspecta is well on its
way to implementing commercial software products that will
dramatically enhance the way people navigate and experience
information on the Web and corporate intranets.

About Perspecta, Inc. will dramatically enhance the way people
navigate and experience information on the Web and corporate
intranets.  Founded in January 1996, Perspecta is based in San
Francisco with 18 employees.  Major investors in Perspecta include
venture partners Applied Technology and Sifinnova, and corporate
investor Informix Software, Inc. (IFMX).  More information on
Perspecta can be found on Perspecta's World Wide Web site at

Functional Profile	
	The person filling this position will design, develop, and
integrate linguistic processing algorithms for Prospecta's proprietary
client/server technology.

Key Selection Criteria
	advanced degree in CS or Computational Linguistics
	expert knowledge in contemporary natural language processing:
	-empirical and experimental /theoretical methods
	-statistical and knowledge-based approaches
	-superficial processing and deep parsing/semantic analysis
	experience with knowledge representation issues, developing
		semantic networks/ontologies
	very strong algorithm design and implementation skills
	experience with machine translation
	experience with summarization
	experience with morphological processing
	industry/product experience
	well versed in object-oriented design/programming, C++, Java
	Windows, Unix literacy
        Self-motivated, creative, "Can-do" engineer who knows how to
		complete projects on time in a high  intensity start-up

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