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PhD/Postdoc position, Natural language processing – Conversational agentsPosted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2019-Jul-02
The CLiPS research group on Computational Linguistics of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Antwerp has full-time vacancies for one senior (postdoc) researcher and two PhD researchers in the area of Computational Linguistics (Natural Language Processing) for research on building Conversational Agents, funded by the Flemish Ministry of Economics, Science and Innovation.
The CLiPS computational linguistics group is part of the CLiPS research center (http://www.uantwerpen.be/clips) associated with the linguistics department at the University of Antwerp. It has a long tradition and strong international reputation in natural language understanding, text analytics, machine learning, computational psycholinguistics, and digital humanities. Together with other CLiPS research groups on child language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics, we provide a strong interdisciplinary environment combining methodologies and insights from linguistics, psycholinguistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, corpus linguistics, and cognitive science. The group has available a state of the art computing and experimentation infrastructure and a broad range of national and international collaborations with both academic and industrial partners.
As part of a recent initiative of the regional government to boost Artificial Intelligence in Flanders, an ambitious research program has been initiated. The CLiPS computational linguistics group will be responsible in this program for research on Natural Language Processing, more specifically on the development of Conversational Agents (chatbots, dialogue systems) that perceive their physical environment, are capable of adapting to their users (personalization), and capable of reasoning about different domains. The CLiPS team will work together closely on this topic with PhDs and senior researchers at NLP research groups in Brussels, Ghent, and Leuven.
The postdoc researcher
Profile and requirements
We offer a full-time position for one year, extendible to three years (or longer), in a vibrant research environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, and cooperation with strong research groups and industrial partners.
Your full time gross monthly salary will range between around 4000 and 6000 euro per month, depending on previous experience. In addition there is a holiday bonus and an end of year bonus. The start of the appointment is on September 1, 2019 at the earliest, and, with positive evaluation after 1 year, is extended until the end of a normal 3-year postdoc period.The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to (the environment of) Antwerp.
The PhD Researchers
Profile and requirements
We offer full-time scholarship positions in a vibrant research environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, and in cooperation with strong research groups and industrial partners.
The PhD researchers will receive a tax free monthly grant of around 2200 euro per month (exact amount depends on number of children and years of experience). In addition there is a holiday bonus and an end of year bonus. The start of the appointment is on September 1, 2019 at the earliest, and, with positive evaluation after 1 year, is extended until the end of a normal 4-year PhD period. The successful candidate will be expected to relocate to (the environment of) Antwerp.
Application Instructions for both postdoc and PhD candidates
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