Position open: Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Project Title: Multi-dialect speech recognition and machine translation for Qatari broadcast TV

    Position open, effective July 24, 2010 until filled.

    • Position Open:Post-Doctoral Fellow
    • Research Title: Multi-dialect phrase-based speech recognition and machine translation for Qatari broadcast TV
    • Institution: Qatar University
    • Annual Salary: QAR180,000(about US$50,000)+benefits
    • Minimum Degree Requirement: Ph.D.
    • Starting: Autumn 2010

    The goals of this research are to develop tightly integrated algorithms for Arabic-language speech recognition and machine translation, and to test learning algorithms that share data among multiple Arabic dialects. Lexical forms in Gulf Arabic, Standard Arabic, Levantine Arabic and Maghrebi Arabic are often built from similar roots, but with different morpho-phonological realizations and inflections/clitics. Translation and pronunciation lexicons developed for this research will share data across dialects, and will therefore also learn to share data across the many different derived forms of each semantic root. By applying statistical methods to the interface between semantics and morphology, it is our intention that the person taking this position will prove the utility of an entirely new way of thinking about Arabic natural language processing.

    This position is based at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. Starting salary is QAR180,000 per year, plus accommodation, education allowance for up to three children, Health insurance, annual air travel, and vacation for the post-doc, spouse, and children (according to QU HR policies). The successful candidate will be part of an international research team including Eiman Mustafawi (Qatar), Rehab Duwairi (Qatar), Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois, USA), Elabbas Benmamoun (Illinois), and Roxana Girju (Illinois). Candidate should have a Ph.D. and research publications in speech recognition, machine translation, or a related field, and should have programming, mathematical, and linguistic skills sufficient to conduct independent research in these areas.

    For full consideration, send CV, one sample publication, two recommendation letters, and cover letter by August 31, 2010 to Dr. Eiman Mustafawi, Qatar University, eimanmust@qu.edu.qa.