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LINGUIST List 20.208

Fri Jan 23 2009

Support: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University

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        1.    Paula Fikkert, Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University, Netherlands

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University, Netherlands
Date: 22-Jan-2009
From: Paula Fikkert <p.fikkertlet.ru.nl>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, Radboud University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Radboud University
Department: Center for Language and Speech
Web Address: http://www.ru.nl/english/faculties/faculty_of_arts/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


The Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the Radboud University Nijmegen invites
applications for two Ph.D. positions in Computational Linguistics (for 3,5
years; vacancy number 23.03.09).

The Ph.D. projects are part of a larger research program 'A computational model
of language acquisition'. The goal of this research programme is to advance our
understanding of the emergence of phonetic, phonological and lexical
representations during the early stages of first language acquisition, and
ultimately develop a computational model of the first stages of language
acquisition that only assumes very general perceptual and learning capabilities.

The Ph.D. students will each investigate a pivotal aspect of language
acquisition in depth. One Ph.D. student (Ph.D.1) will focus on models based on
data mining and structure discovery that can explain how continuous signals
develop into discrete representations of words, sub-word units, phonemes and
features. Ph.D.2 will focus on modelling the developmental phase in language
acquisition when perception becomes more language specific and gradually a
mental lexicon is established.

The successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. She or he
will be working in a vibrant research environment, engaging in active research,
and they will participate in the MPI research school.

The Faculty of Arts consists of eleven departments in the area of language and
culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which
together cater for about 2,700 students and collaborate closely in teaching and
research. The project will be carried out at the research institute Centre for
Language Studies as part of the Linguistic Information Processing and Grammar
and Cognition research programmes.
Website: www.ru.nl

Conditions of employment
Employment: 1,0 fte
Duration of the contract: Initial contract for 1.5 years, with the possibility
for an extension with two years.
The starting gross salary is € 2.000 euro per month based upon a full-time

Required skills:
- Degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Psycholinguistics,
Artificial Intelligence, or Cognitive Science
- Programming skills (e.g. Matlab)
- Especially for Ph.D.1: experience with methods for structure mining
- Especially for Ph.D.2: experience with Natural Language Processing
- Interest in first language acquisition
- Good command of the English language

Applications must include:
- CV
- copy of university degree (in English or Dutch)
- copy of transcript listing all university marks (in English or Dutch)
- a covering letter in which candidates explain why they have applied for the
position, give details of their research interests/experience, background,
programming skills and their knowledge of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

Applications (with reference to vacancy number 23.03.09.) can be made both by
email and regular mail to the address provided below.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by email and/or telephone in the
last week of February 2009.

For further information please contact Prof. Lou Boves (l.boveslet.ru.nl) or
Prof. Paula Fikkert (see contact information below).

Applications Deadline: 15-Feb-2009

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Radboud University Nijmegen
        Faculty of Arts, Personel Department
        Postbus 9103
        6500 HD Nijmegen
        E-mail: vacatureslet.ru.nl

Contact Information:
        Prof. Paula Fikkert
        Phone:+31 24 3612669

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