PhD Computational Linguistics QT by Deep Language Engineering Approaches (0,9 fte)

PhD Computational Linguistics QT
by Deep Language Engineering Approaches (0,9 fte)

Vacancy number 213188

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 € 2,083 gross per month in the first year to € 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 continued.

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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 (click on “Apply” below the text of the vacancy on the university’s website).

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 November.

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

Acquisition is not appreciated.


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.

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Additional information

Prof. Gertjan van Noord,

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