Job openings: 2 PhD student and 3 post-doc positions on computational approaches to reference with memory-enhanced neural networks *
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Applications are welcome for 2 PhD student and 3 post-doc positions on computational approaches to reference with memory-enhanced neural networks. The positions are for at most 4 years, and will be funded by a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to the project AMORE: A distributional MOdel of Reference to Entities
We seek outstanding researchers with a genuine interest in how human language, communication, and cognition work, with any of the following backgrounds: Machine learning, specifically deep learning (of special interest are recurrent models and models with dynamic trainable memories); Computer Vision and the integration of Language and Vision; Computational semantics, formal semantics, and computational approaches to discourse (particularly on topics related to reference, including DRT or similar frameworks, coreference and anaphora, conceptual aspects of meaning, and distributional semantics).
Advanced programming and mathematical skills are required for 2 of the 3 post-doc positions, at least basic skills for the other one. Experience and interest in dataset construction, especially via crowdsourcing, is a plus. For PhD positions, experience on specific project topics is not required. All researchers are expected to have excellent analysis and abstraction skills, and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment.
If you think that your background is relevant to the research program of the project (see gboleda.utcompling.com/research-1/projects/amore) and you have good programming and quantitative skills, please do get in touch even if you do not fit the profiles above.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a small, research-oriented, highly international institution (www.upf.edu), placed 15th worldwide in Times Higher Education ranking “150 under 50”.
The project will be carried out at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences in the Communication Campus of UPF (www.upf.edu/campus/en/comunicacio), rich in researchers working on Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science, and specifically on Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing. The AMORE team will strengthen the already strong profile of the university in these areas.
Barcelona is a unique city, with a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan culture, and very livable (www.upf.edu/barcelona/en).
DATES AND APPLICATION
PhD positions start October 2017; earlier starting date possible, as a research assistant. Post-doc positions available starting February 1st 2017, and open until filled.
Applications including a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position and how your profile fits the project, CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent as a single PDF file to Gemma Boleda (gemma.boleda AT upf.edu). Shortlisted candidates will be asked for written samples and interviewed. We aim at building a diverse team; all applications are welcome, especially those of female researchers and members of other underrepresented collectives.