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PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Computer Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th May 2019
Closes: 28th June 2019
Reference: NR19056

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

The Cambridge Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA) is seeking a PhD student to join their strong team of researchers in the Department of Computer Science and Technology.

ALTA is a virtual institute which brings together researchers from Computer Science, Engineering, Linguistics and Language Assessment to investigate new ways of using technology to enhance language learning and to develop cutting-edge approaches to assessment which will benefit learners and teachers worldwide.

The focus of the studentship is automated conversational agents for English language learning. The PhD application must include a research proposal that is aligned with the topic of the studentship.

This opening is suitable for a candidate with a Bachelor (UK first-class honours or equivalent) or Masters degree. Applicants must have expertise in the fields of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Previous experience in the fields of Language Learning and Language Assessment is desirable but not required. Candidates will also need to meet all prerequisites for admission to the PhD in Computer Science (please refer to:

Candidates can make an informal enquiry to Dr. Paula Buttery ( prior to submitting a formal application. Such enquiries should be made before 24 May and should include a CV and a one-paragraph abstract of the research proposal.

The PhD studentship will cover all approved University tuition fees and provide a tax-free maintenance allowance for 3 years. It also includes a budget for travel and research equipment.

Complete applications, including two academic references, research proposal, transcripts and degree certificates, should be submitted by Friday 28 June 2019 via the Applicant Portal, see Queries regarding the application process should be directed to using the reference number below. If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference NR19056 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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