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LINGUIST List 25.3219

Wed Aug 06 2014

Support: Computational Linguistics, Semantics, Syntax / France

Editor for this issue: Danuta Allen <danutalinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Aug-2014
From: Jacqueline Vaissiere <jacqueline.vaissiereuniv-paris3.fr>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Semantics, Syntax: PhD Student, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France
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Department: Labex Empirical Foundations of Linguistics
Web Address: http://www.labex-efl.org

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Sorbonne Paris Cité

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax


Laboratory of Excellency (LabEx) EFL (Empirical Foundations of Linguistics) is seeking a candidate to fill a 3-year full-time doctoral student position.

The research will focus on the applicability of optimisation methods to deep syntactic analysis and semantic analysis of texts. More precisely, we seek new algorithms for syntactic and semantic parsing based on methods like Lagrangian relaxation.

These optimisation methods have been applied recently to various NLP tasks (machine translation, syntactic parsing, semantic parsing, summarisation) with great success. The research work will first concentrate on the application of these methods to the problem of parsing with tree adjoining grammars or related formalisms. Then, the integration of semantic operations will be investigated.
More details can be found at website:

Duties and Responsibilities:
The student will work at Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris Nord (LIPN), a research unit depending on CNRS/Université Paris XIII /Paris-Sorbonne University:
LIPN is a computer science laboratory hosting 5 research teams. More than 130 members participate to the research activities of the laboratory, among which 78 permanent members, researchers and professors. LIPN is part of MathSTIC, a research centre for mathematics and information technology. The doctoral student will join the RCLN team whose research is centred on textual data, from natural language processing to knowledge representation, semantic information retrieval and data mining.

The student will be supervised by Joseph Le Roux, Associate Professor, and Adeline Nazarenko, Full Professor. The successful candidate will benefit from the work environment at LIPN and resources from the strand of LabEx EFL devoted to computational semantic analysis.

Salary is aligned on French governmental Ph.D. grant (1,684 € gross per month).

The candidate is expected to have a good knowledge of Natural Language Processing (knowledge of formalisms such as tree adjoining grammars is a plus), some background in machine learning and a strong motivation for learning optimisation methods.

How to apply:
To apply, and for any additional information, please contact Joseph Le Roux
at lerouxuniv-paris13.fr.

All applications should contain:
- a curriculum vitae (CV)
- Master's grades
- a copy of Master thesis
- a cover letter
- a recommendation letter

Selection is a two-step process: first, pre-selection based on the application material, and then, audition for the pre-selected candidates.

Auditions will take place during the 3rd week of September, either on site at LIPN or by video call.

Applications Deadline: 07-Sep-2014

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Mr. Joseph Leroux Institut Galilée - Université Paris-Nord 99, avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément Villetaneuse FRANCE 93430 France

Contact Information:
        Pr. Jacqueline vaissiere jacqueline.vaissiereuniv-paris3.fr Phone:0615939471 Fax:0615939471

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