Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position on the
semantic enrichment of historical newspapers. The NewsEye project is a
consortium of 11 groups from data providers (European national
libraries) to digital humanities research groups, via computer science
research aiming at improving access to the content of historical
newspapers (full details on the NewsEye project
In the University of La Rochelle, we are coordinating the project and
specifically focusing on the semantic enrichment of historical
newspapers, performing: named entity recognition and linking, sentiment
analysis and event detection. The research challenges to be addressed in
this context are plenty: multilingual data written in several European
langages, noisy text resulting from imperfect OCR and document layout
analysis, etc.

The research fellow will be expected to conduct research and
experiments, as well as to assist with project management and the
supervision of PhD and master students.

The work will be conducted in the informatics, image and interaction
laboratory (L3i), within the Horizon 2020 NewsEye project
, coordinated locally. The L3i is a 100-person
computer science laboratory created in 1993, hosted in the heart of the
historical and sunny seaside city of La Rochelle
The context of work is rather vivid, with a growing international team
around two H2020 projects, and several international events organised
locally (CICLing 2019 in April, a 2-week summer school on document
analysis and understanding in July 2019, etc.).


University of La Rochelle


What we search for:

– a PhD in Computer Science followed by at least 2 years of postdoctoral
– past experience in statistical NLP, IR, or ML
– proven record of high-level publications in one or more of those fields

Language requirements:

– fluency in written and spoken English (please note: French-language
skills are irrelevant)

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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About MIA Lab-University La Rochelle

Le « Laboratoire de Mathématiques Calcul Asymptotique » a été créé à la rentrée 1993 sur la base du projet « Calcul Asymptotique » proposé par G. Wallet. D’abord labellisé Jeune Équipe, il sera reconnu par le ministère Équipe d’accueil (3165) pour le contrat quadriennal 2000-2003. Le projet initial, centré sur les fondements et les méthodes du calcul asymptotique, s’est enrichi progressivement de nouvelles thématiques : probabilités et calcul stochastique, aspects géométriques et algébriques des systèmes dynamiques, étude qualitative des solutions d’équations aux dérivées partielles , modélisation en économie et écologie … Compte tenu de ces évolutions, pour le contrat 2004-2007, le laboratoire change de nom pour devenir « Laboratoire de Mathématiques et Applications ».
Durant ce contrat, de nouvelles collaborations vont se mettre en place notamment avec les chercheurs du laboratoire L3I de La Rochelle, mais également avec les chercheurs du laboratoire SIC de Poitiers. On trouvera dans la rubrique Partenari