Doctoral Grants at Departments of Literature and Linguistics in Belgium, 2017

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The Departments of Literature and Linguistics (Faculty of Arts and Philosophy) of the University of Antwerp and the Montefiore Institute (Faculty of Applied Sciences) of the University of Liège are offering two full-time Doctoral Grants for a period of two years. Grants are awarded in the area of machine/deep learning, language technology, and/or computer vision for enriching heritage collections.

The University of Antwerp is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp. The name is abbreviated as UAntwerp, as the abbreviation UA should no longer be used.

All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.

Course Level: Grants are available for pursuing doctoral programme.

Study Subject: Grants are awarded in the area of machine/deep learning, language technology, and/or computer vision for enriching heritage collections.

Scholarship Award:       

  • A doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • The start date of scholarship will be 1 October, 1 November or 1 December 2017 or 1 January 2018;
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment. One PhD student is expected to be mainly located in Antwerp and the other one in Liège, with exchange stays planned between the two Universities. Double doctoral degrees will be envisaged;
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment.

Number of Scholarships: The two positions are available within the framework of the INSIGHT (Intelligent Neural Systems as InteGrated Heritage Tools) project, funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office.

Scholarship can be taken in Belgium

Eligibility:

  • You hold a master degree in a field, broadly relevant to Digital Humanities, Art History, Computer Science, Linguistics, Computer Vision, and/or Machine Learning.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrable, first-hand experience in Machine Learning for computer vision or for Language Technology (in the Digital Humanities), in particular distributional semantics (word embeddings) and representation learning.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of academic English. Knowledge of Dutch or French is not required but is an asset for the project.
  • The ideal candidate has demonstrable experience in a programming language such as Python, and ideally also deep learning frameworks, such as Tensorflow or PyTorch.
  • The ideal candidate will have a broad interest in heritage, the GLAM sector and/or art history. The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

Nationality: Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicant should hold a master degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.

How to Apply:

  • Applications should be submitted by 15 September 2017 by email (to mike.kestemont-at-uantwerp.be and p.geurts-at-ulg.ac.be) and should include a copy of your CV, a cover letter and, if available, a research paper / MA thesis and a link to the candidate’s portfolio page, with code samples, on a site such a GitHub.
  • For application or questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Mike Kestemont, mike.kestemont-at-uantwerp.be or Prof. Pierre Geurts, p.geurts-at-ulg.ac.be.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 15, 2017.

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