The computer science laboratory of the University of Le Mans (LIUM) has openings for two postdoc and one PhD position in the field of statistical machine translation.
LIUM performs research in statistical machine translation since several years and we are particularly interested in new machine learning methods. Ongoing work includes continuous space language and translation models, unsupervised training, comparable corpora, translation model adaptation, domain specific models, integration of linguistic knowledge, etc.
LIUM is involved in several international projects, in particular EuromatrixPlus, Gale and several French national projects (e.g. http://www.cosmat.fr). We have very successfully participated in several international evaluations, in particular NIST'09 or WMT'10. A large computer cluster is available to support the research.
The postdoc positions are immediately available and the PhD will start in October 2010. Competitive salaries are available. Postdoc candidates must have a proven experience in machine learning, NLP and SMT, ideally with the Moses decoder. We are very actively working on large systems to translate from Arabic and Chinese and we are therefore interested in a postdoc with knowledge in one of those languages.
Le Mans is located in between Paris and the Atlantic ocean. Both can be reached in about 1 hour by high speed train. The Loire valley with many wineries and other attractions is just a short drive away ...
For information, please contact Holger Schwenk by email: Holger.Schwenk@lium.univ-lemans.fr