PhD students in natural language understanding (semantic parsing / text inference / deep learning) at Uni Edinburgh

Deadline:  December 8, 2017

Job description:

I (Ivan Titov) am looking for PhD students in statical modeling for text inference and semantic parsing, as part of the ERC Project ("Broad Coverage Semantic Parsing"). The aim of the project is developing effective semantic parsers and statistical models for reasoning relying on machine learning (incl. deep learning / representation learning / structured prediction). We are exploiting grounded in knowledge bases, multi-lingual resources and other forms of supervision for learning semantic parsers and statistical text inference models. Applications include question answering and machine translation tasks. Specific roles of the students in the project are to be discussed and depend on their background and interests.

Academic environment:

The School of Informatics is one of the top-ranked departments of computer science in Europe, and one of the largest and best research centres in the world, with over 100 faculty and 400 PhD students and researchers. The last national research assessment exercise (REF 2014) concluded that the School produced more world-leading and internationally excellent research in computer science than any other university in the UK.  

The positions are within the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC), School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. ILCC is a leading research institute for computational approaches to language, cognition and communication (e.g., ranked  no. 1 in the world for NLP research according to  There are over 10 faculty members focusing on NLP (see 

Edinburgh is famous for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history and great outdoors. Top music and theatre venues, a 12th century castle and an extinct volcano to climb are all within a short walk from the informatics building.

Application procedure

Please apply through here:, indicate me as the potential advisor and ERC as the source of funding. Please also let know me that you applied at (use "ERC vacancy" in the message subject). 

Feel free to contact me for any further information (also use "ERC vacancy" in the subject).