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The Centre for Language Technology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for two 2-year postdoctoral positions in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) to be filled by March 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The postdoctoral positions are available within the 3-year national research grant "Semantic processing across domains" led by Professor Bolette S. Pedersen and Associate Professor Anders Søgaard and implemented in collaboration with The Society for Danish Language and Literature.

The Centre for Language Technology currently employs researchers and engineers of many different nationalities. The Centre has considerable experience managing international research projects, frequently attracts visiting researchers and has organized several major conferences in the field. The Centre offers a joint MA program on language and image processing with the Department of Computer Science, the MA in IT & Cognition, which currently takes in 25-30 students a year.

Job content
The postdoctoral positions are offered within the national research project "Semantic processing across domains" granted by the Danish Council for Independent Research, Humanities. The project is about semantic processing and will focus on word-level and sentence-level semantics and domain adaptation. It includes the development of a scalable sense inventory of Danish (on the basis of existing lexical resources) and lexical and PropBank corpus annotations. Intrinsic evaluation will be performed on multilingual corpora (including Danish), and extrinsic testbeds will include question answering and semantic corpus search. One postdoc will focus on and develop and evaluate semantic disambiguators and parsers for Danish (and multilingual parsers) whereas the other will focus on the development of better learning algorithms for semantic processing across domains. The positions will include light teaching and supervision obligations related to the MA Programme in IT & Cognition.

Qualification requirements
In order to be considered for the position applicants must hold a PhD degree or similar qualifications.


For the postdoc working with Danish disambiguators and parsers, knowledge of Danish is an advantage, but not a prerequisite.


The applicants should also have considerable programming experience, as well as a strong background in NLP (preferably word sense disambiguation, semantic parsing or related tasks) and/or ML (preferably semi-supervised and transfer learning). The postdoctoral researchers are expected to publish at the top international conferences or in the best journals in the field (including both NLP and ML), and previous publications in these venues will be emphasized when evaluating applications.

Applicants are encouraged to describe their interest in teaching, supervision and co-supervision in relation to the MA Programme in IT & Cognition.


The following professional qualifications and personal competences are furthermore required:

  • Research qualifications, which will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output.
  • The applicant´s scientific record, academic breadth and depth, rigour, thoroughness and accuracy, as well as academic relevance in relation to the job description.
  • Documented teaching qualifications (including the ability to conduct teaching in both Danish and English). See also educational charter at http://www.humanities.ku.dk/about/vision_and_goals/educational_charter/
  • Documented administrative qualifications.
  • Participation in networks - national and international

For further information about the position, please contact the project leaders Bolette Sandford Pedersen (bspedersen@hum.ku.dk) and Anders Søgaard (soegaard@hum.ku.dk) or the director of the Centre for Language Technology Bente Maegaard (bmaegaard@hum.ku.dk).

Application
The application must be submitted online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the "Apply online" icon at the bottom of the page.

Please note that each field in the application form may only contain a single file of max. 20Mb.

The application must include the following enclosures:

Application letter/cover letter
Appendix 1: CV
Appendix 2: Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.)
Appendix 3: Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with an asterisk
Appendix 4: Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of involvement in organising research, establishment of research seminars, symposia and congresses etc.
Appendix 5: Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination (This field is compulsory in the application form and related to other position categories. You should only provide a brief description of your teaching experiences. Or you can upload references or recommendations etc.)
Appendix 6: Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment, of which at least two must have been published within the five years immediately preceding the deadline for applications. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and numbered from 1-3.

Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English, German and French can be expected to be assessed.

All material will be shredded at the end of the appointment procedure.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Dean will set up an expert assessment committee to evaluate applicants in relation to the advertised position. The applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment relating to him or her before the appointment is finalized.

Please refer to ministerial order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 concerning the appointment of academic staff at universities https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=140435 (only in Danish)

Applicants will be continuously informed about the progress of the procedure by e-mail.

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR and Personnel Officer Helle Schæbel, e-mail: VIPadmin@hum.ku.dk.

Salary and conditions of employment
The post will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad, http://ism.ku.dk/taxes.

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark before you apply for a position at University of Copenhagen. See: http://ism.ku.dk/ and https://www.workindenmark.dk/

The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 CET, 15 October 2013. Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered. Please quote reference number 211-0080/13-4000 in your application.

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