Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

London, United Kingdom
£33,615 - £39,483 (Grade 4)
Aug 15, 2019
End of advertisement period
Aug 29, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £33,615 - £39,483 (Grade 4)
Location: Mile End
Closing date: 29-Aug-2019


Applications are invited from outstanding theoretical / corpus linguists combining an excellent background in theoretical linguistics (syntax or  semantics) with experience in corpus annotation, from designing annotation schemes to carry out annotation to supervising other annotators, for a  Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in DALI, a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) on using games-with-a-purpose to collect very large datasets to support research in the linguistics and interpretation of anaphoric expression/coreference.

The positions will be funded by the ERC Advanced Grant DALI; Details can be found at http://dali.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/

The main responsibility of the post will be to contribute to annotating the data about anaphora and anaphoric ambiguity already collected using the Phrase Detectives game (over 4.5 million judgments) and those that will be collected through a range of games under development, to push forward our understanding of the linguistics of anaphora, of disagreement in language, and to support the development of computational models of anaphora resolution. The candidate will also contribute to refining the annotation schemes used in the project and help coordinating the activities of other annotators. He/she will lead and co-author a range of outputs of the project; and contribute to the dissemination of research findings to a range of stakeholders and audiences.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or equivalent qualification/experience) in theoretical Linguistics or a related topic. A strong linguistic background, in particular in the areas of Syntax and Semantics is essential, as is experience with corpus annotation.

Familiarity with annotation tools and computational tools for processing corpora, such as Perl or Python, a definite plus. The candidate is also expected to have excellent analysis and abstraction skills, and an interest in working in a research environment.

The post is fixed term appointment for 5 months or until 31 March 2020 (whichever is shorter), with an expected start date of 1 November 2019.  The starting salary range will be £33,615 - £39,483 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. Please note that we are not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position, therefore candidates must already have permission to work in the UK to be eligible to apply.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Massimo Poesio (m.poesio@qmul.ac.uk)

Details about the school can be found at www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk

To apply, please click on the link below.

Candidates are kindly requested to upload documents totaling no more than 10 pages.

Please note large documents, e.g., PhD thesis/Research papers, are not forwarded to the interview panel.

The closing date for applications is 29th August 2019.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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