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Postdoctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing in Zürich

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The ETH Media Technology Center is a place where you will work at the intersection of research and industry applications. Together with our industry partners, we are building the media technologies of tomorrow. To achieve this, the center provides a platform to work on technological innovations at the intersection of media technology, digital journalism, and design. To join our interdisciplinary team, we offer a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing.

Project background

Together with our industry partner, we are currently exploring how we can make recent advances in NLP accessible to the Swiss media. Most models in natural language processing (NLP) show the best performance for English since, traditionally, research questions are addressed first for English texts. Besides, most available data sets are in English. This has led to a considerable performance gap between NLP methods for English and other languages. The media landscape of Switzerland offers a unique opportunity to advance the state-of-the-art in multilingual NLP research: Despite its small size, Switzerland has four official national languages and a variety of strong dialects that are used in written and oral communication.

Job description

You will be responsible for 1-2 applied research projects with a clear focus on the potential impact for our industry partners. You will be developing new algorithms and systems as well as adapting the state-of-the-art to the specific challenges of our partners. In dialogue with our industry partners, you will develop novel methods that have a direct impact on the (Swiss) media industry. For this, you will be working closely together with research engineers that will implement your research into software prototypes. Many of the projects at the center are interdisciplinary and lie at the intersection of machine learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. You will be working on projects such as multilingual text summarization for news articles or automatic post-editing of machine-translated text to adapt it for journalistic purposes. Projects have clear deliverables and milestones and are decided upon by the media technology center's steering committee.

Your profile
  • Must hold Ph.D. in computer science or related fields (e.g., electrical engineering, computational science)
  • Proven track record in natural language processing & deep learning (publications in conference venues such as ACL, EMNLP, NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR)
  • Interest in working on applied research projects at the intersection between academia and industry
  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication in English
  • Speaking one of the national languages of Switzerland is a plus: German, French, Italian, Romansh
ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Cover letter: a short (one page or less) statement of your research interests and your motivation for joining the center (explain why you are a good fit for this position)
  • CV and publication list
  • University degree(s)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via e-mail or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Media Technology Center can be found on our website: .

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