Zurich Center for Linguistics
Linguistic Research Infrastructure

Data Science Consultant: Machine Learning
80-100 %

The Linguistic Research Infrastructure technology platform (LiRI) is a newly established service unit with integrated facilities for large-volume data processing and empirical science. We work on the design and implementation of a research infrastructure that allows linguists and other researchers to work on language-related data, and to collect, extract and analyze large data sets. LiRI offers a wide range of high-end measurement devices for recording behavioral (e.g., eye-tracking, electromagnetic articulography, ultrasound, electro glottography, myography) and neuropsychological (e.g., EEG, NIRS, brainstem response) data as well as linguistic data from corpora with a large variety of data types (e.g., high dimensional time series, image and video data). The launch of LiRI at the University of Zurich aims at making Switzerland more internationally competitive in experimental and Big Data based language and speech research.

Your responsibilities

As a LiRI data science consultant specialized in machine learning (ML) you will provide theoretical and practical support to linguistic researchers. You will develop and evaluate ML algorithms (deep learning-based and traditional ML methods) for a variety of tasks on language-related data and interpret and explain the models. In addition, you will assist researchers in formally writing-up the procedures for publication.

Your profile

As an ideal candidate you have a degree in ML or a related area and experience with language or speech data analysis. Also, candidates with a degree in linguistics, language or speech sciences and strong expertise in ML or data science are encouraged to apply. Practical proficiency with the implementation of ML algorithms and the relevant programming languages and packages (e.g., Python, Matlab, tensorflow, pytorch, scikit-learn) is a prerequisite. Great emphasis is placed on teamwork and on multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential.

What we offer

We offer a highly interdisciplinary and inspiring scientific work and university environment with a long-term contractual perspective. The data scientist will actively collaborate with other data science platforms, with the newly launched NCCR Evolving Language as well as with partners in industry. We strongly aim at gender diversity, and we particularly encourage women to apply.

Place of work

The successful candidate will join the LiRI team at Zurich (Campus Oerlikon, Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich).

Start of employment

Earliest starting date for the position is January 2022. Applications must include:
Before compiling your application, please check on www.liri.uzh.ch that the position is still open.
Please send your application as a single PDF file.
Review of applications starts November 22 and applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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