Thursday, 27 October 2011

Two PhD students Adaptive Information Extraction over Time (ADNEXT) (0,8 - 1,0 fte) -exp 28/11

Radboud University Nijmegen offers two PhD positions in the Dutch national project Infiniti part of COMMIT, a 100M Euro project involving 10 universities and 70 companies. The programme brings together leading researchers in text analytics, search engines optimization, parallel computing, database technology, interaction in context, embedded systems and knowledge technology.

The challenge:
In dynamic domains such as news, texts contain many new events- and introduce a relatively high proportion of new entities. Adaptation to high degrees of novelty in text is a prerequisite for successful deployment of text analytics technologies, to fuel systems further along the line, such as recommender systems and semantic search technologies. With adaptation comes a need for integration with active time management (and the detection of time expressions), and with dynamic semantic networks of world knowledge such as Wikipedia.

For the ADNEXT project, a cooperation between the Communication and Information Sciences department of the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University Nijmegen and the Netherlands National News Agency (ANP), we seek two PhD students to approach the problem from two directions. From the first technological perspective we try to find out how we can deal with adaptation to novel events in time in present-day news; the second perspective looks at the changing undercurrents of what makes an event a news event. The research will take place in Nijmegen, with active participation from project partner ANP.

Work environment
The Faculty of Arts consists of ten departments in the areas of language and culture, history, history of arts, linguistics and business communication, which together cater for about 2,900 students and collaborate closely in teaching and research. Research at the Faculty of Arts is embedded in two research institutes: the institute for Historical Literary and Cultural Studies (HLCS) and the Centre for Language Studies (CLS).

What we expect from you
PhD position 1, "Adapting to novelty and time in text analytics": You should have a MSc or MA degree in computational linguistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, or an equivalent degree. You should have good programming skills. Affinity with text analytics, natural language processing, and machine learning are desirable.
PhD position 2: "The changing dynamics of news": You should have a MA or MSc degree in communication science, journalism, computational linguistics, or an equivalent academic degree. You should have academic-level knowledge of digital media and an affinity with web/text analytics technologies. Programming skills are desirable.

You must be a team player and must have good written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of and some level of proficiency in Dutch is a plus as much of the data used in the project will be Dutch.

What we have to offer
We offer you:
- employment: 0,8 - 1,0 fte;
- a maximum gross monthly salary of € 2,612 based on a 38-hour working week;
- in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
- the gross starting salary is €2,042 per month based on full-time employment. P-scale;
- duration of the contract: 4 years (based on full-time employment);
- you will be offered an initial contract for 18 months with the possibility of extension by 2.5 years.

min. €2042 max. €2612

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