Postdoctoral Researcher 100 %

University of Zurich | Zurich

Classification: Topology

The Digital Linguistics Group focusses on research at the interface between computational linguistics, machine learning and cognitive science. The advertised position will be part of an interdisciplinary SNSF Sinergia project that brings together researchers from theoretical linguistics, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics and data science. The collaborative project is co-hosted by the Department of Psychology (UZH), the Department of Computational Linguistics (UZH), the Zurich Center for Linguistics (UZH) as well as the Institute of Linguistics of the University of Bern. The aim of this project is to develop mathematical and computational methods on the one hand, and neurolinguistic methods on the other hand to tackle long-standing research questions of fundamental relevance for theoretical linguistics. The project duration is 4 years, starting from February 1st, 2023. You will be responsible for the development of computational and mathematical methods for the analysis of large-scale linguistic corpora (English, Basque and Chinese) using state-of-the-art deep neural language models. In particular, you will explore and develop Topological Data Analysis (TDA) methods for the linguistic analysis of neural word embedding spaces. You will discuss your ideas and findings with your collaborators from neurolinguistics and theoretical linguistics. You hold a PhD in Computational Linguistics/NLP, Mathematics, Data Science, Computer Science, or a related field, are fluent in Python programming, and have a proactive, autonomous approach to research. You are curious to understand how machines, in comparison to humans, represent language. You have excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of deep learning methods, in particular of neural language models including transformers. You furthermore have a very solid mathematical background; experience with Topology or Topological Data Analysis (TDA) is a plus. Excellent command of English is mandatory. We offer an inspiring research environment in an enthusiastic team, the opportunity to carry out your own research within the scope of the project at one of Europe's leading (LERU) universities in one of the top ten most liveable cities world-wide. Place of work Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland Desired start to employment: 01 February 2023. Applications, with the reference "PostdocCL", including your CV, list of publications, motivation letter, names of two referees should be uploaded via the online form or sent to The position is open until filled (first review on 10 October 2022). Further information Prof. Dr. Lena Jäger:

Last updated: 4 October 2022

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