Sujet de these: PhD Studentship in NLP at Idiap

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Nov 13 22:34:15 UTC 2009

Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 23:13:42 +0100
From: Andrei Popescu-Belis <andrei.popescu-belis at>
Message-ID: <4AFB3716.2060008 at>

PhD Studentship in Natural Language Processing

Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland

Applications are invited for a PhD position in natural language
processing applied to machine translation, in the context of the Swiss
COMTIS project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation under
the Sinergia program.  The successful candidate will study and
implement robust methods for semantic / pragmatic analysis, focusing
on the detection and disambiguation of cohesion markers in English and
French.  The results will be used as input for statistical machine
translation software developed by the other partners of COMTIS, at the
University of Geneva.

Candidates should have a solid background in computer science, and
good knowledge of the natural language processing field, in particular
of statistical methods based on machine learning. They should have
excellent programming skills as well as good communication skills in
English and French.  A strong academic record and a clear aptitude for
creative research will be priority selection criteria.

Funding is guaranteed for 3 years through a Swiss National Science
Foundation PhD studentship, with a possible extension for a fourth
year.  The successful candidate will be registered as a PhD student in
the EPFL doctoral program, to which he/she will have to apply, with
support from Idiap.

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*

Please fill in and submit your application through the Idiap online
recruitment system, by clicking on the position’s title at

*Contact information*

Further information about this position can be requested via the Idiap
online recruitment system or by contacting Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis at
Andrei.Popescu-Belis at

   Idiap Research Institute
   Rue Marconi 19 – BP 592
   CH-1920 Martigny, Switzerland

*About the host institution*

Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and
supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of

  Idiap is located in the town of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region
in the south of Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of
Europe, and offering exciting recreational activities, including
hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It
is within close proximity to Geneva and Lausanne. Although Idiap is
located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the working
language. Free French lessons are provided.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a
young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal
opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of
Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute maintains a
principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the
best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and
equally encourage both genders to apply.

Idiap Research Institute  |  tel: (41 27) 721 7729
Centre du Parc            |  fax: (41 27) 721 7712
P.O. Box 592              | at
CH-1920 Martigny          |

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