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PhD fellow in Natural Language Processing

Københavns Universitet (KU)



The Machine Learning Section at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Natural Language Processing commencing 01.09.2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for 3 years.

Description of the scientific environment
The Machine Learning Section provides a strong, international and diverse environment for research within Theoretical and Applied Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Understanding, Information Retrieval, and Medical Image Analysis. It is housed within the main Science Campus, which is centrally located in Copenhagen. For details, see https://di.ku.dk/english/research/machine-learning/. The successful candidate will join the CoAStaL Natural Language Processing research group (https://coastalcph.github.io).

Project description
Building interpretable and robust natural language understanding systems will greatly benefit from linguistic frameworks that explicitly represent various aspects of meaning. While there is increasing awareness about their importance, it is not clear whether and how these representations complement each other. Combining linguistic understanding with information theory, this project will comprehensively characterize which differences are meaningful, and which are superficial, in the sense that they can be normalized out, or exist only for formal reasons. It will greatly impact, and be informed by, multitask learning and interoperability between meaning representation frameworks, resulting in a better inductive bias for learning NLP models for many languages.

The principal supervisor isProfessor Anders Søgaard, Department of Computer Science, e-mail: soegaard@di.ku.dk.The co-supervisor isTenure-TrackAssistant Professor Daniel Hershcovich, Department of Computer Science, e-mail: dh@di.ku.dk.

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Work for the department

Formal requirements
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science, Cognition, Linguistics or similar, with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension at a minimum DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is Monday 15 June 2020, 23:59 GMT +2.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.
Questions
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the co-supervisor, Tenure Track Assistant Professor Daniel Hershcovich, Department of Computer Science, dh@di.ku.dk.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at http://www.science.ku.dk/phd.

Københavns Universitet giver sine knap 10.000 medarbejdere muligheder for at udnytte deres talent fuldt ud i et ambitiøst, uformelt miljø. Vi sikrer traditionsrige og moderne rammer om uddannelser og fri forskning på højt internationalt niveau. Vi søger svar og løsninger på fælles problemer og gør ny viden tilgængelig og nyttig for andre.

Info
Ansøgningsfrist: 15-06-2020

Ansættelsesdato: 01-09-2020

Arbejdstid: Fuldtid

Afdeling/Sted: Department of Computer Science

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