Overview

While located within the Language Technology Group at the University of Oslo, the position is financed by the Norwegian Research Center for AI Innovation (NorwAI) coordinated by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). Funded by the Research Council of Norway through their scheme for establishing Centers for Research-based Innovation, the NorwAI center aims to develop cutting-edge AI in close collaboration with industry partners.

This specific PhD project will target entity detection and sentiment analysis on the basis of news texts. The project will consider ways to aggregate sentiment analysis over time for detected entities (e.g. companies, organizations, persons, etc.) across mentions and documents. While the work will initially focus on English, it will increasingly also focus on Norwegian as annotated data becomes available.

The position is located within the Language Technology Group (LTG) at Department of Informatics, UiO. LTG conducts research on a range of NLP topics like semantic parsing, distributional semantics, sentiment analysis and large-scale language modeling. While the research profile of the group is heavily machine-learning oriented, our projects typically combine data-driven approaches with an interest for linguistic analysis and insight. The group has access to excellent HPC infrastructure.

Company:

University of Oslo

Qualifications:

Required qualifications

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Natural Language Processing, or in Computer Science with a specialization in NLP.
Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.
Previous experience with machine learning-based approaches to NLP is required.
The candidate must be able to demonstrate broad knowledge of core NLP tasks, like tagging, parsing, named entity recognition, etc.
Desirable qualifications:

Previous experience with neural approaches in particular will be an advantage.
Implementation experience and programming skills will also be given weight.
Working knowledge of Norwegian (or some other Scandinavian language) is recommended, as the project will mainly work on Norwegian text. Though not required, prior working knowledge of Norwegian (or some other Scandinavian language) will be an advantage, as the project will mainly target Norwegian text
Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system

Language requirements:

Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries

Educational level:

Master Degree

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