PhD candidate in Statistical Computational Linguistics, University of Amsterdam

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Ali Reza Ebadat

Jul 30, 2014, 3:50:51 AM7/30/14
Keywords                    Statistical Machine Translation; Statistical
Parsing; Statistical Semantics
Closing date               15 September 2014
Vacancy                      14-264
Salary indication        EUR2,083 to EUR2,664 gross per month (+
vacation allowance and end of year bonus)


The PhD candidate should have:

  • a Master's degree with excellent grades in a relevant field such as computational linguistics or natural language processing with strong background in statistical modeling combined with some background in formal grammars, formal language theory, formal linguistics and/or formal semantics
  • programming skills and passion for empirical work with big language data
  • good academic writing and presentation skills
  • good social and organisational skills
This PhD position is part of a VICI project within the Statistical Language Processing and Learning (SLPL) Lab. lead by Dr.Khalil Sima'an. Research topics in the SLPL Lab. include statistical
machine translation, paraphrasing, parsing, morphology and machine learning for language processing.


Appointment (1,0 fte) is on a temporary basis for a period of four years. In the first instance, a contract will be given for 18 months. If positively evaluated, the contract will be extended for 30 months.

On the basis of a full-time appointment (38 hours per week), the gross monthly salary amounts to EUR2,083 during the first year, rising to EUR2,664 during the fourth year. The Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable.
/Starting date: Before 1 January 2015./

Job application

Applications should include the following information, in separate pdf files (not zipped), using surname, initials and a self-evident word as file names, e.g. , Smith J CV:

  • a curriculum vitae (including an url allowing download of pdf of M.Sc. thesis, if relevant)
  • a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) explaining why you are interested in this position
  • a research statement (at most 2 pages), explaining your research interests and how you think they can be related to the topics mentioned in the Job Description above
  • a list of all university courses taken, including a transcript of grades
  • the names and contact details (with email address) of two or three academic referees, one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis

Completed applications should be submitted by 15 September 2014 to and should state your name and vacancy 14-264 in the subject field. The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.

For more information, see or contact Professor dr. Khalil Sima'an at k.simaan at

Professor Dr. Khalil Sima`an
Chair of Computational Linguistics | Vici Laureate
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
+31 (0) 20 525 6573 |
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