Jobs: 2 offres

alexis nasr alexis.nasr at
Wed Jun 6 16:01:11 UTC 2001

2/ PhD funding University of Sheffield



Sail Labs is one of the world's leading R&D companies in the field of "Natural
Language Understanding". With the slogan "Innovation in Understanding", the
company is focusing on three core development areas:

* Speech technology
* Translation technology
* Content technology

In the Munich head office and in its branches in Berlin, Barcelona, and Vienna,
190 developers are working on solutions, products and components related to the
understanding of natural languages.

For the further expansion of our highly motivated team in Barcelona we are
looking for qualified professionals for the area of translation technologies.

Candidate tasks and profiles:


Your tasks:
* Design, development and maintenance of formal grammars for our several new or
existing translation engines.
* Design and development of the linguistic components of our new generation of
translation systems.

Your profile:
* University degree in philosophy, linguistics, computational linguistics or
equivalent, with a strong background in natural language processing.
* Native proficiency in English or German and excellent knowledge of some other
western European language.
* Programming experience.
* Effective communication skills in written and spoken English.
* Experience in machine translation and/or developing formal grammars for
natural language processing applications will be a plus.
* Knowledge of other languages will also be a plus.

Working language:   English

Starting date:      September/October 2001

Office location:         Center of Barcelona (in the charming 19th century
district Eixample, within walking distance from the old part of the city and
from the famous 'Las Ramblas')

You will join a young, international, and highly motivated team. SAIL LABS
combines research and development of market-ready products. This will thus offer
a great opportunity to those people who want to apply their acquired knowledge
and skills in real-world conditions.

More information about SAIL LABS can be found at the web page
<< >>.

If you are interested, send CV and cover letter in English by email to:

     albert.llorens at

indicating on the envelope or in the subject of the email the job reference.


This is a re-advertisement. Apologies for cross-postings.

The University of Sheffield has PhD funding available (starting September
2001) for a project involving the British National Corpus. The studentship
is jointly held by the departments of English Language and Linguistics and
Information Studies. A suitable candidate would have a project in mind
involving the BNC and be able to draw on expertise from both of these
departments. We welcome proposals in the following areas of corpus

lexical statistics, word frequency, lexical innovation, lexicography
text type/register/genre analysis
discourse analysis
variation and change
text retrieval, text processing
text markup
computing in the humanities

Please note that this is a university studentship and so fees are paid at
the home rate only. If the candidate is not from the EU, funding must be
available to make up the difference between home and overseas fees.

Arrangements for supervision:

The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of English
Language and Linguistics which forms part of the School of English. The
project will be jointly supervised by Dr Claire Cowie and Dr Claire Warwick
from the department of Information Studies. Dr Cowie works on word-formation
and lexical innovation in historical corpora, with particular reference to
register differences. Dr Warwick works on humanities computing, with a
particular interest in the application of computers to the study of English
literature and language. She was previously part of the BNC project team.
More information about the departments may be found at: and

Application forms and further details can be obtained from:

Fozia Yasmin, Graduate Research Office
Graduate Research Office
156 Broomspring Lane
Sheffield S10 2FE
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 1404
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 1420
Email : at

To discuss the project informally, please contact Claire Cowie (0114
2220217- c.s.cowie at or Claire Warwick (0114 222 2632 -
c.warwick at
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