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Lecturer in Natural Language and Information Processing

University of Essex - The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) is a large and dynamic department in the Faculty of Science and Health. The School is internationally known for its research in a range of areas and offers an excellent education to its students. We are rapidly growing due to increasing student numbers and now wish to appoint a Lecturer in the Natural Language and Information Processing group to further strengthen our research and education expertise.

We are particularly interested in candidates with research expertise in one or more of the following areas, if possible, with experience of deep learning methods:

  • Natural Language Processing / Text Analytics / Computational Linguistics
  • Information Retrieval / Enterprise Search
  • Knowledge Graphs / Knowledge Capturing

Natural language processing has been a key area of research for more than 40 years at Essex University and much of this work is being conducted as part of CSEE's Natural Language and Information Processing group as well as the interdisciplinary Language and Computation group. Our work is based on three main pillars: natural language processing, information and image retrieval and formal semantics as well as their intersections. We organise regular events including the annual Language and Computation Day and the weekly Language and Computation Reading Seminar, and we are also co-organisers of the London Text Analytics Meetup.

Further information on our Natural Language and Information Processing research group can be found at:

Duties of the Role

The successful candidate will deliver excellent research and teaching, generate external research funding and contribute to the administration and management of the School, and to the local, regional and international profile of the Department. This may include delivering existing modules, developing new modules and generally enhancing our research-led teaching.

You will engage in individual and/or collaborative research activity that is in keeping with REF criteria and supervise student’s projects, fieldwork and placements. We aim for excellence in education as well as research and are looking for individuals who can contribute to both.

A full list of key responsibilities and main duties (Education, Research and Leadership and Citizenship) can be found within the respective job packs below.

Skills and qualifications required

The successful candidate will have a relevant doctoral level research degree in NLIP or a relevant field, and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or the ability to gain professional recognition at this or a higher level if appropriate.

You will have proven experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, and of designing and planning learning activities. You will be able to demonstrate evidence of a clear publication plan for submission to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) programmes, and evidence of a research agenda, engagement in high-quality research activity and a developing research profile.

Strong communication skills, both written and verbal and the ability and willingness to engage in impact, knowledge exchange and outreach activities are essential.

This is a permanent, full-time post on an ASER (teaching and research) contract.

We particularly welcome applications from those who identify as female or non-binary as they are under-represented in the School.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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Location: Colchester
Salary: £40,793 to £48,676 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th August 2019
Closes: 20th September 2019
Job Ref: REQ02874
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