4 year paid PhD position, natural language processing, Groningen

Haiyang Ai

PhD Computational Linguistics QT by Deep Language Engineering Approaches


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed
an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of
higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The
Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, CLCG, is a research
institute based in the Faculty of Arts with research groups in
computational linguistics, syntax and semantics, discourse and
communication, and neurolinguistics. It offers a PhD position in the
area of computational linguistics.

Job description

Applications are invited for a PhD candidate in the area of
computational linguistics. This position is part of the European
Project "QTLeap": Quality Translation by Deep Language Engineering
Approaches. The goal of the project is to obtain improvements in
machine translation, building on the complementarities of symbolic and
probabilistic approaches. The computational linguistics group in
Groningen is responsible for the Dutch language in the project, as
well as for the language generation components. A full project
description is available upon request.


Master's degree in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence
or computer science excellent record of undergraduate and Master's
level study experience in the area of natural language processing,
statistical modeling and/or machine learning programming experience
ability to work in a research team strong motivation to complete a PhD
dissertation in four years good command of English (TOEFL 620, IELTS
7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE).

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of EURO 2,083 gross per month
in the first year to EURO 2,664 gross per month in the fourth year
(figures based on full employment). The 0.9 fte appointment is
temporary for a specified period of four years. The position requires
residence in Groningen, 34,2 hours/week research and research
training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year
there will be an assessment of the candidate's results and the
progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be


The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the
computational linguistics group of the Center for Language and
Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of
Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the
faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training
program of the Graduate School for the Humanities and will be
supervised by Prof.dr. Gertjan van Noord.


You may apply for this position before 25 October 2013 Dutch local
time by means of the application form at

Please include in your application (in English): a letter of
motivation, curriculum vitae, a copy of diplomas with lists of grades,
and a passport copy. Please also provide reference letters by two
academic referees. Do mention the vacancy number in your application.

Send us your entire application in PDF format, using the link to the
application form. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into
consideration. Interviews with a selection of the most appropriate
candidates will presumably take place at the end of October or early

The starting date of the PhD project is 1 November 2013.

Acquisition is not appreciated.


For further information you can contact:

Prof. Gertjan van Noord,
g.j.m.van.noord@rug.nl (please do not use for applications)
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