Job: Post-doctoral position in NLP, Strasbourg, France

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Wed Sep 17 12:26:21 UTC 2014

Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:15:08 +0200
From: Delphine Bernhard <dbernhard at>
Message-ID: <541926EC.9080801 at>

The BFO team of ICube proposes a post-doctoral position in Strasbourg
(France) for 12 months starting in January 2015 within the NERD (Named
Entities in Relational Databases) research project.

The goal of the project is to derive knowledge from unstructured and,
more importantly, unlabelled data in relational databases. Databases
often contain fragmented information such as addresses, descriptions,
colours, labels, telephone numbers, etc. As such, they contain
information that is not accompanied by the additional context that would
be present within a natural language document and would be exploited by
current state-of-the-art algorithms (for example the contextual
information that would be derived from a sentence's structure or
surrounding words). Of course, databases may also contain natural
language documents, but this is the exception (in commercial databases)
rather than the norm. Nevertheless, the developed algorithms should be
applicable to the spectrum of documents that range between sparse
(traditional business) databases and dense (natural language) databases.
Experiments on real world databases is expected and access to an
extensive corpus of data will be provided.

The partners of the project are:
The BFO group of ICube, specialized in data mining and knowledge
The FDT group of LiLPa, specialized in natural language processing
The Quantup Laboratory, experienced in the application of machine 
learning/pattern recognition methods to commercial database systems

Candidates applying for this position should have a PhD in Computer
Science with a good background in Natural Language Processing, Machine
Learning and formal Knowledge Representation. Experience in Java
programming and distributed systems (for example using the Map-Reduce
framework and/or Spark) is desired. A good knowledge of English is
required along with an intermediate level of French.

Candidates should send an academic curriculum vitae (including a list of
publications and the names and contact details of two referees), along
with a cover letter.
Deadline for application: 31st October 2014
Expected starting date: January 2015 (flexible)
Contact: Delphine Bernhard (dbernhard at and Tom Lampert 
(t.lampert at
Salary: 2200 € per month (net, not including income tax).

Call for applications:,_PhD_and_post-doc_positions 

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