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3 PhD Positions in NLP

News date: 
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

Expired June 16!

Have you recently completed or expect very soon an MSc or equivalent degree in computer science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, engineering or a closely related area? Are you interested in carrying out research on NLP during the next years? Are you excited to spend a part of your life in a pleasant city in the heart of the Italian Alps?


The Human Language Technology (HLT) group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento, Italy) in conjunction with the the ICT International Doctorate School of the University of Trento is pleased to announce the availability of three fully-funded 3-year PhD positions in the following NLP topics:

Job Description

The first year is mainly devoted to the acquisition of scientific knowledge at both basic and high level. During the second year the  PhD candidate will deepen his/her scientific knowledge and starts to establish his/her thesis work, identifying the objectives and research activities to be developed within the thesis. During the third year, the  PhD candidate will focus on his/her personal contribution to the state-of-the-art on the chosen research problem and/or to the development of the proposed technological innovation. The research activity of the PhD candidate will be closely related to EU projects. This will allow the PhD candidate to develop collaborations with other researchers participating in these research projects and it may also allow him/her to spend part of his research activity at partner laboratories. Possibility of internships in academia and  industry. The  PhD  candidates  have  to  pass the  selection  of  the  ICT Doctorate School  to be  enrolled as PhD  students. The starting date of PhD program flexible after September, 2014.


The applicant must have recently completed or expect very soon an MSc or equivalent degree in computer science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, engineering or a closely related area. In addition, the applicant should

  • have strong curiosity to solve problems in natural language processing
  • have a strong background in statistics, probability theory and machine learning
  • have excellent programming skills in at least one of the following languages: C, C++, or Java
  • enjoy working with real-world problems and large data sets
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • enjoy working in a closely collaborating team

Working Environment

The doctoral student will be employed at the HLT group, a unit for research in natural language processing at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy. The group has a long tradition in research on machine translation, automatic speech recognition and content processing. Currently, the HLT groups is involved in several European projects such as Matecat, Eu-Bridge and Excitement. Former students are nowadays employed in leader IT companies in the world.

Important Dates

The opening of the call is expected at the beginning of May 2014 and will expire on June 16. Potential candidates are strongly invited to contact us in advance for preliminary interviews. There is also the possibility to begin with an internships at our group during the Summer before the official PhD program starts, sport facilities.


Fondazione Bruno Kessler offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, full reimbursement for conferences and summer schools, competitive salary, an excellent team of supervisors and mentors, help for housing (and partial reimbursement), full health insurance, possibility of Italian courses, sporting facilities.

Further Information

For further information about the position, please contact: Dr. Claudio Giuliano (