Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Machine Translation: Post Doc, Idiap Research Institute

University or Organization: Idiap Research Institute
Job Location: Martigny, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher in Machine Translation
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Machine Translation


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position in the field of machine translation, in the context of the MODERN project ( funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.  The MODERN project is headed by Idiap, with partners in Zurich, Geneva and Utrecht, and its overall goal is to model discourse entities and relations for improving MT.

The position is offered for one year, with renewal for a second year conditioned on satisfactory results.  The appointment should start in summer 2014.

The researcher will focus on enhancing the use of text-level features for machine translation.  Several features are available from our previous projects, for instance pertaining to discourse relations or verb tenses, but also based on robust semantic relatedness measures.  In addition, work in MODERN will focus on discourse entities (coreference and anaphora resolution) which will offer additional text-level constraints to experiment with.  We are expecting from the postdoctoral researcher to advance the state-of-the-art in MT with linguistically motivated features, demonstrating improvement over existing options (such as factored models) through quantitative evaluation.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in machine translation or natural language processing, and demonstrate a strong publication record at the time of application.  Strong skills in programming and statistical modeling are also expected, along with a sensitivity to MT evaluation issues.  While English is the main working language, knowledge of French, German or Dutch (the languages targeted in MODERN) would be an advantage. The PhD degree must be obtained before the starting date of the position.

About Idiap
Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).  It is located in the town of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities.  It is within close proximity to Geneva and Lausanne.  Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French lessons are provided.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, dynamic, and multicultural environment.  Idiap is an equal opportunity employer and is actively involved in the “Advancement of Women in Science” European initiative.  The Institute seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.

Application Deadline:  (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis

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