[Comp-neuro] PhD position in Computational Neurolinguistics, U of Trento, deadline 8th June

Brian Murphy brian.murphy at unitn.it
Thu May 27 15:53:07 CEST 2010

[apologies for any cross-postings]

Please see the posting below with details of a fully funded PhD position 
in computational neurolinguistics at the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences, 
University of Trento, Italy.

This is a challenging interdisciplinary project, using machine learning 
methods to integrate data from neural recordings, from web-scale 
language corpora, and from behavioural experiments, and so to arrive at 
a better understanding of word semantics. The project may involve 
co-operation with international partners (Carnegie Mellon U, Cambridge 
University, Tokyo Tech).

Programming ability is essential, and further experience with one or 
more of the following desirable:
    - theoretical linguistics/semantics
    - psychology of concepts/semantic memory
    - computational linguistics
    - computational neuroscience
    - signal processing
    - neuroimaging technologies (EEG, MEG, fMRI)
    - experimental psychology

The deadline for applications is the 8th of June. CIMeC is an 
interdisciplinary centre for neurocognitive research led by Alfonso 
Caramazza. The centre is located in Rovereto, in the heart of the 
Italian Dolomite Alps. The scholarship includes full fees and living 



A PhD position in Computational Neurolinguistics (Conceptual
Representations) will be available at the Language Interaction and
Computation Lab (CLIC)  starting in late 2010 or early 2011.

The successful candidate will work as part of a larger project whose
objective is to combine empirical data of different types (corpus
co-occurrence patterns, elicitation experiments, neuroimaging data) to
arrive at a better understanding of the organisation of conceptual
knowledge in the mind and brain. Your task will be to continue ongoing
work which uses machine learning and data-mining methods to extract
conceptual representations from recordings of neural activity (EEG,
MEG and fMRI). Ideally the candidate should have knowledge of both
computational linguistic techniques (particularly distributional
models of meaning), and experimental design (elicitation/behavioural).
Programming skills are a must, and experience with neuroimaging
techniques, machine learning and signal processing would be a plus.

The Language Interaction and Computation Lab (CLIC) is a unit of the
University of Trento's Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences
(www.cimec.unitn.it) or CIMEC: an interdisciplinary Centre for the
research in brain and cognition including neuroscientists,
psychologists, (computational) linguists, computational
neuroscientists, and physicists. CLIC consists of researchers from the
Departments of Computer Science and Cognitive Science carrying out
research on a range of topics, including concept acquisition and
information extraction from very large multi-modal corpora, combining
brain data and data from corpora to study cognition, and methods of
theoretical linguistics.

The normal course of PhD study in Italy is three years, with 
possibility of extension, and includes courses at the CIMeC Doctoral
School (portale.unitn.it/drcimec/). There are no tuition fees, and the
position includes a fellowship to cover living expenses.

For additional information please contact Brian Murphy
(brian.murphy at unitn.it) or Massimo Poesio (massimo.poesio at unitn.it)
directly, attaching your CV.

-- Brian Murphy Post-Doctoral Researcher Language, Interaction and 
Computation Lab Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences University of Trento 

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