Job: Postdoc position in corpus linguistics at U. of Geneva

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Nov 10 21:16:31 UTC 2009

Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 20:50:43 +0100 (CET)
From: <sandrine.zufferey at>
Message-ID: <sympa.1257882516.27619.608 at>

Postdoctoral position in corpus linguistics
Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Geneva,
Switzerland, invites applications for a post-doctoral position in
corpus linguistics, with applications to natural language processing.
The successful candidate will be part of a group whose research
focuses on machine translation of pragmatic phenomena. The candidate
will participate in the COMTIS SNSF project on the modeling of
inter-sentential dependencies (connectives, anaphora, verbal
tenses. etc) to improve the output of machine translation systems for
the English / French pair. The tasks associated to the position will
include the selection of corpora, the definition of annotation
guidelines for markers of inter-sentential dependencies, the design of
tools for their semi-automatic location, and the supervision of human
annotators.  The overall goal is to deliver an annotated resource to
be used for statistical learning by other COMTIS partners.

Applicants will have received a PhD in linguistics, pragmatics or
natural language processing. Good knowledge of issues related to
language resources and their annotation is highly desirable. Excellent
knowledge of both French and English is required. Previous experience
with human or machine translation is a plus.
The position is offered for two years. Review of the applications will
start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The
appointment will start as soon as the necessary work permits and
documents are obtained, preferably on March 1st, 2010.

How to apply

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and publication list, a
short statement of interest, a summary of the PhD thesis (with URL of
the document if available online), and names and email addresses of at
least three references.  Electronic applications are strongly
preferred. Please send your application to the both email addresses
listed below, with POSTDOC as the subject line. If electronic
application is not possible, please send your application package to
the address below.

Contact information
Informal inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Sandrine Zufferey
(sandrine.zufferey at or to Prof. Jacques Moeschler
(Jacques.moeschler at
Department of Linguistics – Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Geneva 
CH-1211 Geneva 4 – Switzerland

About the institution
The University of Geneva is one of the leading research universities
in Europe and offers excellent working conditions, as well as a
stimulating scientific environment.  More information about the
Department of Linguistics can be found 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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