PhD computational linguistics - news recommendation
Do you have expertise in computational linguistics and are you higly motivated and enthousiastic about the topic of analyzing news articles for recommendation systems with the goal of nudging users towards more diverse news consumption? Then please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
- De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 32 - 40 uur
- € 2325 - € 2972 per maand
In this project, an interdisciplinary team consisting of experts from Law, Computational Linguistics, Computer Science and Communication Science will study how recommendations and presentation choices can optimize the diversity of consumed news. Will you help us fix the way news is spread in the 21st century?
Specifically, in this project you will work on applying NLP technologies that can identify similarities and differences between news articles.See http://ccs.amsterdam/projects/rethinking-news-algorithms/ for more details on the project. When contacting us with questions (see below for contacting details), please name the project and vacancy number in the subject of your email.
Where current algorithms mainly aim for finding things that are similar to prior consumption, we envision algorithms that optimize between sufficient diversity to keep users well informed and sufficient similarity so that the user is triggered to read (and be satisfied with) the offer. Together with law (ethics) and communication science experts, you will dive various dimensions of diversity (ranging from a different view on a specific event or political decision to diversity in topics in general) and aim to design language models that can identify articles that strike the desired balance between diversity and connection.Your duties
- conduct reproducible computational linguistic experiments on language models for diversifying recommendation systems
- write research articles and present your work, which is to culminate in a successful dissertation, at international conferences
- collaborate with the other junior and senior researchers on the team experience in or affinity with working in an interdisciplinary team
- organize small events such as workshops and colloquia
- master degree in computational linguistics or a related field (e.g. Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science with focus on NLP)
- solid programming skills
- experience in or affinity with working in an interdisciplinary team
- fluent verbal communication and good writing skills in English
- knowledge of Dutch is an advantage (but not strictly necessary)
ConditionsThe research will be carried in a great interdisciplinary team containing experts from computational linguistics, philosophy, law, computer science and communication science. You will become part of a renown computational linguistics lab (www.cltl.nl), headed by Spinoza laureat Prof. dr. Piek Vossen. The lab is embedded in the gravity project Hybrid Intelligence offering plenty of opportunity to collaborate with reseachers of various universities across the Netherlands on fundamental aspects around collaborate, adaptive, responsible and explainable AI. In this context, you will receive joint supervision by dr. Antske Fokkens (VU) and dr. Suzan Verberne (Leiden University).
General Employment Conditions
The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended into a total duration of 4 years (or 5 years in case of a 0.8 fte contract).
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- contribution to commuting expenses
- a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
Additional informationAre you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload
- your curriculum vitae (including code repository, if available)
- academic transcripts (including grades)
- a cover letter with motivation for your application
The job interviews are currently planned to take place in the second half of June 2020, most likely they will take place online.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: dr. Antske Fokkens
Position: Associate Professor
Please mention `news recommender project' explicitly in the subject line of your email when asking questions about this position
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