Job: PhD studentship in question answering, Final reminder

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Apr 18 20:04:59 UTC 2007

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:56:35 +0100
From: Constantin Orasan <c.orasan at>

                    [Apologies for cross-postings]
    (£10,000 first year, £11,000 second year, £12,000 third year)

                    Closing date: 16th April 2007

Application deadline: 16th April 2007
Start date: as soon as possible

The Research Group in Computational Linguistics, University of
Wolverhampton invites applications for a three-year-funded PhD
studentship in Computational Linguistics. The successful candidate is
expected to carry out research in the domain of question answering. We
are looking for candidates with a good honours degree in Computational
Linguistics, Computer Science or Information Sciences, with
programming skills and some experience in Natural Language Processing.

Required skills:

      * degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science or
        Information Sciences
      * experience with at least one of the following: Java, Perl,
        C++, .NET
      * experience in Natural Language Processing
      * good command of the English language

Desirable skills:

      * Master's degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science
        or Information Sciences
      * experience in question answering and/or information extraction
      * familiarity with a wide range of programming environments and
        operating systems

Applications should be sent to

Dr. Constantin Orasan
School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
University of Wolverhampton
Stafford St.
United Kingdom
E-mail: C.Orasan at

and must include:

      * completed application form (available at
      * CV including publications if any
      * copy of university degree (in English)
      * copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English)
      * evidence of postgraduate qualification if applicable
      * a covering letter in which candidates explain why they have
        applied for the studentship, give details of their research
        interests/experience, background, programming skills and an
        outline of any experience in Natural Language Processing or
      * a PhD plan (about 1000 words) which explains the research
        question to be addressed, the academic or intellectual context
        in which the proposed work is located and the methodology
        likely to be employed. A brief action plan should also be
        provided. The field of this PhD MUST be question answering.

Applications should be made by email. The closing date for
applications is 16th April 2007. Short-listed applicants will be
contacted and notified of the specific date of interviews to be held
in April (email and telephone). Successful candidates will have to
register no later than June.

The studentship includes a maintenance grant of 10,000 GBP for the
first year, 11,000 GBP for the second year and 12,000 GBP for the
third year and also covers the tuition fees for 3 years.

The successful candidate will be working in a vibrant research
environment, engaging in active research. This studentship is funded
by the EU-funded project QALL-ME, so it is expected that the appointed
student will contribute to this project as well. In return, the
student will have access and will benefit from the resources developed
in the project.

Wolverhampton (

Established by Prof. Mitkov in 1997, the Research Group in
Computational Linguistics is a highly successful one, delivering
cutting-edge research in a number of NLP areas such as anaphora
resolution, automatic summarisation, question answering, lexical
knowledge acquisition, text categorisation, named entity recognition,
information extraction, corpus construction and annotation, automatic
terminology processing, multilingual processing, and multiple-choice
question generation. To a large extent, this research has been
undertaken in projects funded by major UK funding bodies and
commercial partners.

For further information/queries, please contact 

Dr. Constantin Orasan
Phone: +44 1902 322 623
Email: C.Orasan at

Constantin Orasan <C.Orasan at>
Lecturer in Computational Linguistics
Research Group in Computational Linguistics
University of Wolverhampton

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