Assistant / Associate Professor in Computational Linguistics (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University
August 23 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of Utrecht University invites applications from excellent researchers for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant / Associate Professor in Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing (NLP). The position starts January 1, 2018 (or earlier if possible), and will be in the Linguistics section of the Department. The researcher will be affiliated with the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (UiL OTS), with most of the teaching done as part of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme of the Utrecht University (Bachelor and Master level).

We are looking for excellent candidates working in the field of Computational Linguistics, and especially for candidates who specialize in models connecting statistical NLP with formal language theories of syntax and semantics. The candidate will be expected to make a substantial contribution to both the Computational Linguistics research at the UiL OTS and to the AI teaching programme. Accordingly, proven expertise in both linguistic theories and in statistical NLP will be a strong advantage. The candidate is also expected to engage with the digital humanities community at the Faculty and should be willing to contribute to research and teaching in the digital humanities, notably in the domain of text mining. A demonstrated interest in collaboration with industrial partners will be considered as an advantage.

Your teaching obligations will be in the area of Natural Language Processing, Mathematical and Computational Linguistics, and Language Technology. Additional teaching areas, depending on your expertise, may include Formal Linguistics, Artificial Grammar learning, Statistics, Machine Learning and Data Mining. You will primarily teach in the AI programme (Bachelor and Master), but also in the Bachelor programme of Linguistics and the research Master Linguistics.

In due course you will be expected to fulfill coordinating / administrative duties within the AI and linguistics programmes and occasionally in the Department. Your research will be part of the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS. Your initial appointment will be in the rank of Assistant Professor (UD). The position offers the possibility, depending on the qualifications and performance of the candidate, to be promoted to Associate Professor level (UHD) within at most two years after starting the position. For an Assistant Professor the teaching-research time division is 70% / 30% (teaching/research), and 60% / 40% (teaching/research) once promoted to Associate Professor. Successful applicants with outstanding research credentials may qualify for a higher amount of research time: 40% research for Assistant Professor, and 50% for Associate Professor.

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