Postdoctoral Fellowships, National Research Council Canada
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Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class
facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of
expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to
Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with
opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry
I: Multilingual Machine Translation for Transforming Response to Refugees and
more than 103 million displaced persons in the world today. While English
remains the global language of policy exchange and studies, significant
knowledge on refugee issues appears in other languages spoken where forced
migration occurs. Machine translation (MT) improves the accessibility of
relevant publications across different languages and facilitates fair and
inclusive discussion among international stakeholders. However, challenges with
in-domain multilingual neural machine translation (MNMT) limits the availability
of efficient, affordable and manageable MT with usable translation quality for
forced migration responses.
The successful fellow will collaborate with external collaborators to
create an in-domain multiway parallel corpus on forced migration. The corpus
will then enable research on MNMT and its adaptation to the forced migration
domain. Finally, the fellow will research on training MNMT to translate unseen
languages efficiently with minimal resources.
Having compassion about refugees and forced migration issues and ease in
meeting with the forced migration communities around the world would be
beneficial in this role. Due to the topic of the project, the successful
candidate may frequently be working on and with data and clients about refugees
and forced migration issues which may cause triggering responses.
PhD in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics or related
• Hands on experience in end-to-end MT modelling and
• Research experience in MNMT.
• Research experience in parallel corpus building, domain
adaptation, non-English centric MT or low resource MT.
Assets are “nice-to-have”
expertise and competencies we’re interested in. Not having them should not
prevent you from applying.
• Ability to read Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian,
Burmese or Pashto would be an asset.
and Application Portal
contact Dr. Chi-kiu (Jackie) Lo (Chik...@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca)
for any enquiries about this project.
Project II: Audio search and topic detection for audiovisual corpora in
a polysynthetic Indigenous language
NRC is searching for a recent PhD graduate to develop
techniques for speech recognition and/or synthesis, using untranscribed audio
corpora of speech in Indigenous, polysynthetic languages.
Many such languages spoken in Canada have substantial
collections of recorded speech. Language activists, academic linguists, and
radio broadcasters have been recording the speech of Elders for decades, but so
far only a small fraction has been catalogued, annotated, and transcribed.
Thus, there are thousands of hours of recorded speech in Indigenous languages
that are inaccessible in practice.
The project will focus primarily on Inuktut, Cree, and/or
Iroquoian languages. Alternative/additional languages are a possibility if
appropriate datasets become available.
PhD in computational linguistics,
computer science or a related field.
• Experience in
speech/natural language processing (NLP) technology.
• Experience in either automatic speech recognition or speech
• Experience working with Indigenous languages and
and Application Portal
Please contact Dr. Roland Kuhn (Rolan...@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca) and
Dr. Patrick Littell (Patrick...@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca)
for any enquiries about this project.
Who is eligible?
will be for two years contingent on satisfactory progress achieved during
the first year.
should have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) within the past three years
(PhD received on or after July 1, 2020) or expect to complete their PhD within
6 months of appointment.
will work in a lab under the direct supervision of an NRC researcher.
In order to be considered for the program please include the following
in your application, please note that you will need to attach the required
documents as per the list below when submitting your application. Failure to do so will result in your
application being excluded from searches.
of Interest in the project (maximum one page in length)
Transcript - an electronic copy is sufficient, it does not have to be an
- List of
In addition, applicants who best meet the requirements of the position
will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation at a later stage of
the competition process.
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's
The intent of this hiring action is to staff through the Postdoctoral
Fellowships Program at the RCO-2/AsRO level, which is an early-career level
position with a salary range of $74,230 to $103,093.
determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes
and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive
benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and
insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time
Chi-kiu (Jackie) Lo 羅致翹博士
Research Officer, Multilingual Text Processing
Digital Technologies Research Centre
National Research Council Canada
Government of Canada
Email: Chik...@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca / Telephone: +1
M50, 1200 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON, K1A 0R6 Canada