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Postdoc Position in Multilingual NLP at the Sapienza University of Rome (+ Assistant Professor Position)

From: Roberto Navigli <navigli@di.uniroma1.it>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2018 11:22:47 +0100
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Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Department of Computer Science (first-ranked Department of Excellence)

One postdoc position (1+2 years) in Natural Language Processing is open in
the Linguistic Computing Laboratory (http://lcl.uniroma1.it), Department of
Computer Science of the Sapienza University of Rome.

The position is part of ELEXIS <http://elex.is> (2018-2022), a new European
infrastructure for electronic lexicography, and MOUSSE
(2017-2022), a new 5-year ERC Consolidar Grant funded by the European
Research Council (ERC) and headed by prof. Roberto Navigli
<http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/~navigli/>, following the success of his
MultiJEDI ERC Starting Grant (http://multijedi.org). The successful
candidate will participate in a frontier research project aimed at
designing and investigating novel neural network architectures for
multilingual disambiguation and semantic parsing and will work in the
vibrant environment of a leading and highly-active international research
team comprising 3 faculty members, 1 post-doc and 6 Ph.D. students. The
group has published dozens of papers in top-tier venues
<http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/~navigli/pubs.html> in the field of
computational linguistics and artificial intelligence.

Collaborators in the research group also have the option to interact with
Babelscape <http://babelscape.com>, a Sapienza startup company founded by
prof. Navigli which brings research in multilingual Natural Language
Processing to the market and makes research projects, such as the
award-winning BabelNet <http://babelnet.org>, sustainable in the long term.
Babelscape is currently working for key players in different fields,
including multinational companies, and national and international public
bodies. Around 20 developers and researchers currently work in the company.


The successful candidate will work actively on novel directions in deep
learning and neural networks for multilingual disambiguation and semantic
parsing in arbitrary languages, and will co-supervise Ph.D. students in the
group on the topic. The candidate will innovate the field while at the same
time taking advantage of successful approaches and resources for
multilingual lexical semantics such as BabelNet <http://babelnet.org>
(winner of the 2017 Artificial Intelligence prominent paper award and
featured in The Guardian
and Time magazine
the Multilingual Wikipedia Bitaxonomy <http://wibitaxonomy.org>,
sense-based embedded representations (SensEmbed
<http://lcl.uniroma1.it/sensembed>), and sense-based lexical, semantic and
embedded vectors (NASARI <http://lcl.uniroma1.it/nasari>), state-of-the-art
neural Word Sense Disambiguation
and train-o-matic <http://trainomatic.org>.

The candidate is expected to have:

* a Ph.D. or equivalent in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics/NLP,
Mathematics or related fields.

* Good programming skills in Python.

* Fluent English. Knowledge of other languages (especially Asian languages)
is more than welcome. Knowledge of Italian is NOT a requirement.

* Knowledge of current neural network models, especially recurrent neural
networks such as LSTMs, and tools for neural networks (e.g. Tensorflow,
Keras, PyTorch, etc.).

* Publications in top-tier venues in the field of Computational Linguistics.

* Experience in Ph.D. student supervision is a plus.


* Application deadline: early April 2018

* Interviews will take place via Skype in the second part of April 2018

* Starting date: as early as possible, ideally on May 2nd, 2018

* Duration: 1+3 years

* Salary: 32000 euros per annum. Note that this type of research contract
is exempt from taxes, while including social insurance (32000 euros per
annum corresponds to around 2000 euros net per month).


Informal inquiries can be sent by email to prof. Roberto Navigli (
navigli@di.uniroma1.it). The application requires a brief motivation
letter, a detailed CV and contact details for up to three references.
Please include the job reference [LCL-POSTDOC-2018] in the subject line.


The Sapienza University of Rome <http://en.uniroma1.it/> is a
seven-century-old university in the heart of Rome. It is one of the largest
universities in Europe, with around 110,000 students. Its Faculty of
Information Engineering, Informatics and Statistics (that includes the
Department of Computer Science) is one of the youngest, most energetic and
scientifically active environments at Sapienza. Sapenza has a portfolio of 30
ERC grants <http://www.uniroma1.it/progettiercsapienza>, 5 of which in the
Department of Computer Science. Sapienza is an equal opportunity employer.


The Department of Computer Science <http://www.di.uniroma1.it/en> is a
modern and well-equipped research institution with a top-class faculty and
a strong Ph.D. program <http://phd.di.uniroma1.it/>. It is a winner of
the “department
of excellence” national grant in computer science (ranked first among
hundreds of candidates, among which only 3 departments in the field
obtained the grant), with 6.5 million euros to be spent in infrastructures,
positions and grants in the upcoming 5 years. The Department comprises 44
faculty members (with 5 ERC grants), 15 postdocs and around 30 Ph.D.
students. The successful candidate will be based in Rome, one of the most
beautiful cities in the world. The Department is situated just across the
road from the main University Campus, close to a student area with lots of
cafes, bars, restaurants, and only a short bus ride from the city centre.
Candidates should not be afraid of the language barrier, as Italians are in
general very friendly. English is spoken widely throughout the Department.


A position as assistant professor with tenure to associate professor (with
deadline 26/3) is also open in the Department of Computer Science. For more
information, contact navigli@di.uniroma1.it.

Roberto Navigli
Dipartimento di Informatica
Sapienza University of Rome
Viale Regina Elena 295b (building G, second floor)
00161 Roma Italy
Phone: +39 0649255161 - Fax: +39 06 49918301
Home Page: http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/~navigli
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