National Centre for Language Technology

Dublin City University, Ireland

National Centre for Language Technology


Centre for Next Generation Localisation

School of Computing

School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies

School of Electronic Engineering



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NCLT Vacancies


NCLT Vacancies

Applied R&D position, QA/IR

The Project: We are looking for a research scientist for a new industry-focused project which involves building a question-answering application for use in real-world commercial environments. This presents an exciting opportunity to apply research technology to create a novel QA application that will go live over the course of the project, working in a small focused team within a large and energetic research centre with significant international standing.

The Role: This is a key role where the successful candidate will take the lead in information retrieval research as well as play a leading role in the design and development of the system architecture. They will work closely with NLP researchers, developers and end users to deliver a fast, high-precision application. This is a great opportunity to take on a varied, hands-on role and influence all aspects of the research and development of the application, from text mining, search engine customisation and experimentation with results reranking techniques, to user interface design and integration with social media applications.

We are looking for an "all-rounder", someone with a genuine interest in good design and the ability to transform cutting edge research into practical applications. Candidates must have core excellence in a given area and be comfortable working in a start-up style environment, adapting quickly to evolving requirements and eager to learn new things.


- PhD in computer science or equivalent work experience.
- experience with rapid prototyping and system design and integration.
- excellent programming skills (especially in java, python/perl).
- proven track record in an IR related field.
- experience with an IR system.


- experience with: Solr/Lucene, UIMA/GATE, Hadoop, Amazon EC2.
- experience in question-answering, machine learning.

Details: The initial contract is for 15 months which, following a successful outcome for the project, may lead to an opportunity to play an important role in the further commercialisation of the product.

Salary: EUR 40,000 - 46,500 per annum depending on experience.

Please send CV and covering letter to Deirdre Hogan (

Position open until filled.

Dublin City University   Last update: 16th September 2011