LINGUIST List 5.1015

Tue 20 Sep 1994

Jobs: University of Sheffield

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  1. Yorick Wilks, Research posts
  2. Mick Perkins, Chair in Speech Science

Message 1: Research posts

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 94 13:08:50 BSResearch posts
From: Yorick Wilks <>
Subject: Research posts

 The University of Sheffield
 Department of Computer Science

Two research associate posts are available in the Natural Language research
group from January 1995. These posts are associated with a grant from the
UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council on 'Large Scale
Information Extraction from Text'. Both appointments will be for 36 months.

Post 1: The candidate will be involved in the development of a general
architecture for text extraction (GATE) which will support the integration,
testing, and enhancement of existing language processing components to produce
evaluable information extraction systems. The candidate should have a strong
background in computational linguistics or artificial intelligence, including
good programming skills, and should have a PhD or equivalent research
experience in a relevant area. The post will be on the UK RA1A scale, with a
starting salary of around 15K pounds p/a.

Post 2: The candidate will be required to liaise with UK and international
research sites to obtain, install and evaluate language processing components,
corpora, and lexical resources in the context of GATE. The candidate should
have a good degree in computer science or related area, with knowledge of
computational linguistics and should have good Unix/Internet skills. The post
will be on the UK RA1B scale, with a starting salary of around 13K pounds p/a.
The candidate may have the opportunity to register for a PhD.

Informal enquiries to Yorick Wilks ( or Rob Gaizauskas

Further particulars from:
 Director of Human Resource Management,
 The University of Sheffield,
 Western Bank,
 Sheffield S10 2TN

 Tel: +44 (0)742 824144

Closing date for applications: 15 October 1994. Ref: B2321.

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Message 2: Chair in Speech Science

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 94 17:46:34 BSChair in Speech Science
From: Mick Perkins <>
Subject: Chair in Speech Science

 The University of Sheffield
 Department of Speech Science
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the above
Chair which has been established at the University of Sheffield in the
newly created Department of Speech Science (formerly the Speech Science
Unit within the Department of Psychology). Linguists/phoneticians with a
research interest in disordered language/speech are particularly invited to

The University of Sheffield has a very successful Speech Science Unit,
specialising in the training of speech and language therapists. The Unit
has expanded into a centre for the study of normal interpersonal
communication and the breakdown of normal communication, while still
offering courses in applied areas. The Unit is now of a size to become an
independent department, and the establishment of a Chair in Speech Science
marks this development.

The academic staff in the new department consists of six speech and
language therapy lecturers, all of whom have postgraduate qualifications.
In addition, there are three linguists and two psychologists (one an
educational psychologist). The department has good secretarial and
technical support.

Two undergraduate degrees are offered, one clinical and one non-clinical,
and two taught Master's courses, one designed to offer a qualification in
speech and language therapy and one designed for specialist teachers. This
latter course will be offered in distance form from October 1994.

We have identified a need to expand interdisciplinary research into
communication breakdown (speech and language pathology). Such research as
has been done has usually been carried out by speech and language
pathologists, or in neurology or psychology departments and from viewpoints
which have rarely been brought together. With current technological
developments in computing, engineering and medicine, the various research
approaches can be focused within a single department which, in
collaboration with other strong departments at Sheffield, can provide a
unique centre for interdisciplinary research in this field.

The Department of Speech Science is located in three pleasant Victorian
houses close to the main body of the University. One of these houses has
recently been converted to include a speech and language therapy clinic and
a well equipped speech laboratory. These facilities provide an excellent
resource for both teaching and research. The other two houses are due for
conversation and extension to provide for the increased and changing needs
of the department. The department has access to computing failities and
expertise within both the academic Department of Computer Science and
Academic Computing Services (which provides facilities to support research
and teaching throughout the University). Close links are retained with the
Department of Psychology, with which Speech Science shares excellent
technical and other facilities.

Job Description
The appointee will be expected to contribute directly and substantially to
teaching and research, and to stimulate and lead the department's overall
research effort. This will include developing the department's research
strategy, supporting and promoting the research of other staff, and
initiating and strengthening collaborative links with other departments.

The Chairholder will be the Head of Department, and will have the
challenging role of building and shaping the department over the next few
years. The role of Head of Department has a key strategic component as
well as involving financial administration and overall responsibility for
course development, staffing and students.

The person appointed will not be required to carry out any major
undergraduate or taught Master's course teaching, on account of the heavy
emphasis on research and administration, but will be expected to supervise
research students.

The person appointed must first and foremost be a researcher of established
excellence, with an international reputation for research in his/her
specialist field. This field must lie within the area of communication
breakdown, normal interpersonal communication, or the study of language.
If the prime research activity of the appointee is in the area of normal
communication, he/she must have an interest in communication breakdown and
in the cross fertilisation of research within the areas of normal and
abnormal communication. The appointee may have a background in
Linguistics, Computer Science, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology,
Medicine, Education or another relevant field.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate proven leadership qualities, and
management skills and experience.

The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is a major civic university, with a tradition
of excellence in research and teaching. With a student population
approaching 13,000 and a total of 4,300 people employed, it is one of
Sheffield's largest organisations. Situated on the south-west corner of
the city, it offers easy access to good schools, prime residential areas
and the unspoilt countryside of North Derbyshire.

With some 60% of its academic departments winning grade 4 or 5 research
ratings, and six departments assessed in recent pilot reviews as excellent
for the quality of their teaching, the University aims for further
successful development and the maintenance of consistent excellence in
every aspect of its work.

Examples of the University's broad teaching strategies include an expansion
in the number of off-campus students on Distance Learning Programmes and on
courses franchised to regional colleges. The University is committed to
educational provision for people who did not enter higher education
straight after school, and has also undertaken a variety of initiatives,
such as Early Outreach and the Sheffield University Tutoring Scheme,
designed to increase the participation rate of young people in higher
education. In order to help create a better environment for people living
and working in the region, it is intended to effect a threefold increase in
the total number of student projects carried out regionally.

Key developments in the University in 1994, in addition to working towards
the integration of the Sheffield & North Trent College of Nursing and
Midwifery, have been the establishment of a new Graduate School and the
introduction from September of modularisation/semesterisation.

Applications (one copy only) should include a full curriculum vitae, a list
of publications with page numbers, and the names and addresses of three
referees. If a referee is abroad, the candidate may request the referee to
send a confidential report to the Director of Human Resource Management
without awaiting an enquiry from the University.

Application forms are not provided.

Candidates who would like acknowledgement of receipt of applications are
requested to complete and stamp the enclosed postcard and return it with
their application papers.

Candidates are asked to state when submitting their applications whether
they will allow release to the staff of the Department of Speech Science of
(i) a full curriculum vitae or (ii) a limited curriculum vitae drawn up by
them or (iii) their names. Candidates who wish neither to visit the
Department nor to release information relating to their candidature will
not prejudice their applications.

For candidates invited for interview, the University will defray return
rail fare and reasonable subsistence expenses (supported where possible by
documentary evidence). The payment of expenses to a candidate from
overseas who is invited for interview or for appointment to the Chair would
be a matter for arrangement between the university and the candidate.

Further particulars from:
The Director of Human Resource Management,
The University of Sheffield,
Western Bank,
S10 2TN
Tel: (+44) 742 824144
Please quote reference B2308.

Applications, together with a completed equal opportunities monitoring
form, should be sent to the above address by 21 October 1994.

The University may approach named referees unless a candidate expressly
requests otherwise.

The persons whom the University considers may not be limited to those who
make application in accordance with the current advertisement.

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