Overview

One pre-Ph.D. research position (with the possibility of starting a Ph.D.
in 2018 on the same salary with a privileged track) in Natural Language
Processing is open in the Linguistic Computing Laboratory (
http://lcl.uniroma1.it), Department of Computer Science of the Sapienza
University of Rome.

The position is part of a new 5-year ERC Consolidar Grant funded by the
European Research Council (ERC) and headed by prof. Roberto Navigli
<http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/%7Enavigli/>, following the success of his
MultiJEDI ERC Starting Grant (http://multijedi.org). The successful
candidate will participate in a frontier research project aimed at
designing and investigating novel neural network architectures for
multilingual disambiguation and semantic parsing and will work in the
vibrant environment of a leading and highly-active international research
team comprising 3 faculty members, 1 post-doc and 6 Ph.D. students. The
group has published dozens of papers in top-tier venues
<http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/%7Enavigli/pubs.html> in the field of
computational linguistics and artificial intelligence.

Interested students and collaborators in the research group have the option
to interact with Babelscape , a Sapienza startup
company founded by prof. Navigli which brings research in multilingual
Natural Language Processing to the market and makes research projects, such
as the award-winning BabelNet , sustainable in the
long term. Babelscape is currently working for key players in different
fields, including multinational companies, and national and international
public bodies. Around 15 developers and researchers are working in the
company.

Company:

Sapienza University of Rome

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will work actively on new directions in deep
learning and neural networks for multilingual lexical semantic tasks such
as Word Sense Disambiguation, Entity Linking and semantic parsing in
arbitrary languages, starting from successful approaches and resources for
multilingual lexical semantics such as BabelNet
(winner of the 2017 Artificial Intelligence prominent paper award),
the Multilingual
Wikipedia Bitaxonomy , SensEmbed
<http://lcl.uniroma1.it/sensembed>, NASARI <http://lcl.uniroma1.it/nasari>
explicit and embedded vectors, state-of-the-art neural Word Sense
Disambiguation
<http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/%7Enavigli/pubs/EMNLP_2017_Raganatoetal.pdf>
and train-o-matic .

The candidate is expected to have:

* a M.Sc. or equivalent in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics/NLP,
Mathematics or related fields.

* Good programming skills in Python and/or Java (there is the option to
attend a Python/Java course at Sapienza on the first contract year).

* Knowledge of current neural network models, especially recurrent neural
networks such as LSTMs, and tools for neural networks (e.g. Tensorflow,
Keras, Torch, Theano, etc.) is a plus.

* Publications in Computational Linguistics, participation in summer
schools and other experiences are a plus.

Language requirements:

* Fluent English. Knowledge of other languages (especially Asian languages)
is more than welcome. Knowledge of Italian is NOT a requirement.

Specific requirements:

INFORMATION

* Application deadline: early *October 2017*

* Interviews will take place via Skype around the end of October/beginning
of November

* Starting date: as early as possible, ideally on December 1st, 2017

* Duration: 1+3 years

Educational level:

Master Degree

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About University of Rome "La Sapienza"

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