Koç University, Istanbul, invites applicants for a position as a
post-doctoral researcher in natural language processing, information
extraction and machine learning. The successful candidate will work in a
European Research Council (ERC)-funded project, in which a protest events
database will be created using online newspaper archives.

ERC is the most prestigious, competitive and generous research fund in
Europe, which grants 1.5 million Euros to frontier research that would make
groundbreaking contributions. This project is the first sociology ERC
project in Turkey. The successful candidate will work together with Dr.
Erdem Yörük on his ERC-funded project that investigates the political
causes of welfare state development in emerging market economies (please
see emw.ku.edu.tr and the brief summary of the project below). The
candidate will also be supervised by and collaborate with Dr. Deniz Yuret
from Koç University Computer Science Department (http://www.denizyuret.com/).
The position will not have any teaching responsibilities. Candidates (i)
who have a PhD in computer science, (ii) who have extensive knowledge and
experience in natural language processing, machine learning, information
extraction, and (iii) who are interested in social science applications of
these methods are encouraged to apply.

The work package of the project in which the successful candidate will be
working has two components: (i) classification of protest events-related
news reports in online archives, (ii) extraction of several protest
characteristics into a database such as participants, organizers, place,
ideology, ethnicity, race, religion, class.


Koç University


The successful candidate is expected to:

– Have extensive knowledge and experience in Natural Language Processing,
Machine Learning, information extraction, event extraction, entity tagging,
co-reference and anaphora resolution, multilingual language processing,
dataset construction.
– Be based in Koç University, Istanbul, but remote work could also be
accepted for exceptional candidates who are not able to move to Istanbul.
– Have completed the PhD degree by the start date.

Specific requirements:

Initial duration of the position is a full year (subject to renewal). This
is a full-time position with a competitive salary as well as additional
benefits such as private health insurance, meal and housing. Funding for
conferences is available depending on relevance of the conference to the

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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