New opening for a PhD position in machine learning applied to natural language processing

We are looking forward to applications for a PhD position in the field of machine learning applied to natural language processing (NLP). The position will be funded by NEC Laboratories America (Princeton, NJ). The duration of the appointment is 4 years maximum, provided successful progress. Starting date is immediate (negotiable if in 2011). Annual gross salary ranges from 43,000 Swiss Francs (first year) to 47,000 Swiss Francs (last year).

Short description: the overwhelming majority of state-of-the-art NLP systems address a benchmark task by applying linear statistical models to ad-hoc features. In other words, the researchers themselves discover intermediate text representations by engineering task-specific features. In the past recent years, we introduced a new architecture which excels in performance on a wide range of Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks (Part-of-speech tagging, chunking, name entity recognition, parsing...). While existing systems rely on task-specific features, our architecture leverages generic word representations learned from large unlabeled corpora.

Following this new line of research, the doctoral student will investigate and implement new machine-learning algorithms for text representations (going beyond simple word representations), and will have to demonstrate strong positive impact on various NLP tasks.

The work will be done in collaboration with NEC Laboratories America, with opportunities for the student to achieve internships at NEC in Princeton.

Skills: Candidates should hold a master degree, in engineering, physics, computer science, or applied mathematics. Strong mathematical background, as well as excellent programming skills (C/C++ and various scripting languages under Linux environment) are expected. Only candidates showing excellent creativity skills will be considered. The successful PhD candidate will become a doctoral student at EPFL ( http://www.epfl.ch/ ) and has to be accepted for enrollment by the Electrical Engineering Doctoral School (EDEE - http://phd.epfl.ch/page-19690-en.html) before joining Idiap. Next EDEE Application deadlines are April 30 and September 15, 2011.

For further details about the position please contact: Dr. Ronan Collobert.