Official call document (two identical vacancies):
The University of A Coruña is offering a full-time PhD student position in A Coruña (Spain) to conduct research in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP). The position is available within the 5-year European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant) project “FASTPARSE - Fast Natural Language Parsing for Large-Scale NLP”, led by Prof. Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez. The main goal of this frontier research project is to develop new algorithms and techniques to improve the speed of natural language parsers, making them suitable for web-scale processing.
The University of A Coruña is a young, vibrant public university located in A Coruña, a charming city in the Atlantic coast of Galicia (Spain) offering high quality of life at an affordable cost of living for European standards. The selected candidate will join a new laboratory dedicated to the project, with a team planned to be composed of 2 postdoctoral researchers and 2 PhD students together with the project leader. The FASTPARSE laboratory will in turn be affiliated with the highly-active Language and Information Society research group, which joins together researchers from computer science and linguistics backgrounds interested in computational linguistics and NLP. The PhD student will enroll in the doctorate program in Computational Science at the University of A Coruña, complete a PhD thesis and publish at the top international conferences and journals in the field.
The PhD student will develop a PhD within the ERC project FASTPARSE (Fast Natural Language Parsing for Large-Scale NLP). The student will have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research focusing on natural language parsing and other related subareas of NLP. The student will be expected to carry through their research project, write scientific articles and their PhD thesis, attend PhD courses and stay at a foreign research institution for a few months.
Salary and benefits:
Minimum qualifications (exclusion criteria):
If you think that your background is relevant to the project goals, please get in touch even if you do not fit the indicated profile.
Preferred qualifications (evaluation criteria):
The applicant should be motivated and interested in starting a research career in natural language processing, and have good team work skills. The applicant's academic record in their bachelor's and master's degree will be assessed with special attention to the subjects related with the project. Apart from the academic record, the candidate should mention any other relevant activities (e.g. courses taken, master's theses, software projects including open source projects in public repositories, work experience, research publications, etc.). The following aspects are not requirements, but will be considered favorably in the evaluation:
The evaluation will be based on the CV and cover letter submitted by the applicants, as well as an interview by videoconference.
How to apply:
Interested candidates can send their application by email to Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez (firstname.lastname@example.org), specifying that they wish to apply to positions 2017/CP/021 and 2017/CP/022, including in attachment (PDF format):
Shortlisted candidates may be asked for additional information, and will be interviewed.
The formal application deadline is February 3rd, 2017. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, in order to have time to address possible issues of lack of documentation.
Potential candidates are welcome to ask any questions, also by email to email@example.com.
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