Job: Postdoc in NLP, Geneva

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Sep 21 15:17:50 UTC 2007

Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:43:44 +0200
From: Paola Merlo <merlo at>
Message-id: <46F24EE0.2060806 at>

       Post-doctoral scientist in Natural Language Processing,
                         University of Geneva

The University of Geneva, Departments of Computer Science and
Linguistics, invite applications for a post-doctoral research
assistant position in natural language processing.  The successful
candidate will be part of the EU-funded project CLASSiC (subject to
successful completion of negotiations).  He/she will investigate
statistical methods for natural language understanding in the context
of spoken dialog systems.

The CLASSiC project will target a more natural form of interaction in
spoken dialog systems through the integrated statistical treatment of
uncertainty.  Machine learning and statistical methods will be applied
to all modules of the system, and explicit representations of
uncertainty (e.g. from speech recognition ambiguities) will facilitate
the optimal use of constraining information (e.g. from dialog
contexts).  The other project partners are the University of
Edinburgh, Cambridge University, Ecole Superieure d'Electricite
(Supelec, Metz), and France Telecom.

At the University of Geneva, the project will be lead by Paola Merlo
(Department of Linguistics,
and James Henderson (Department of Computer Science,  Work will focus on models of spoken
language understanding which integrate statistical models of
syntactic-semantic parsing for both English and French.  Parallel
corpora will be used to help map models and resources between the two
languages.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate
in this project, plus engage in research of their own choosing.

Applicants should have received a PhD in Computer Science or
Computational Linguistics by the start of the project.  The ideal
candidate will have a background in natural language processing,
statistical methods, machine learning, natural language syntax, and
natural language semantics.  Good programming skills are required.
Knowledge of English and French is highly desirable, and fluency in
one is required.

The appointment is initially for a fixed term of 3 years, with a start
date soon after 1 January 2008.  Salary from 82,800 CHF.

Review of the applicants will begin October 12th, 2007 but will
continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research
interest, and names and addresses of at least 3 references to Paola
Merlo at:

Paola Merlo
Linguistics Department
University of Geneva
5 rue de Candolle
CH-1211 Geneve 4

Electronic applications are also accepted. Send your application to
merlo at with CLASSIC Postdoc as the subject line.

Informal inquiries can be addressed to James Henderson
(james.henderson at or to Paola Merlo (merlo at

The University of Geneva wishes to increase the proportion of female
academic staff and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications
from women.

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