Job opportunity at CELEX, the Netherlands

Centre for Lexical Information (
Tue, 15 Aug 1995 15:14:10 +0200 (METDST)


Thanks to a grant given by the Board of the Council for the Humanities,
one of the councils functioning within the Netherlands Organization for
Scientific Research (NWO), CELEX, the Dutch Centre for Lexical
Information, invites applications for the position of one full-time
researcher to expand and enhance the German lexical database for the fixed
period of one year.


Within the framework of a long-term lexical database research and
development project, CELEX has been compiling and updating massive
structured collections of numerous word features for Dutch, English and
German for the past ten years. CELEX has been jointly established and
managed by the University of Nijmegen, the Institute for Perception
Research (IPO) in Eindhoven, the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL) in
Leiden, and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) in
Nijmegen. It is located at the MPI, which is formally entrusted with its
day-to-day administration.

A grant recently awarded by NWO enables us appoint one extra computational
linguist for a period of one year on a full-time basis.

The future employee's tasks will focus on enhancing and expanding the
German lexical database.

They include:

- Adding frequent words and neologisms to the German database from the
text corpus supplied by the Institut fuer Deutsche Sprache in
Mannheim, and possibly other, more recent or more extensive corpora.

- Expanding these words to their full inflectional paradigm and
encoding their orthographic, morphological, phonological and
syntactic features.

- Disambiguating the frequencies of all homographic wordforms (approx.
12,000 existing and new entries) on the basis of their context in the
Mannheim corpus or other corpora. This task will be carried out in
collaboration with two student assistants.

- Evaluating and, where necessary, revising the verbal argument
structures listed in the current database on the basis of scholarly
publications, corpus research and dictionary labels.


Applicants should ideally have a master's degree in German with advanced
computational skills, or have mixed but solid qualifications in German and
computational linguistics. Native speakers of German with a training
in general and computational linguistics are also invited to apply.

Employment Conditions

Employment will be on a temporary basis, for a period of one year.
Although the grant is restricted to this period, the appointment may be
extended depending on the provision of additional funding from the Dutch
government, European councils or any other relevant bodies. No further
commitment on our part or claims on the part of the applicant can be
derived from this statement, however.

The salary will be on the scale of 10 (approx. Dfl. 4,000= (US $2,500)
to 6,000,= (US $3,750) before tax per month) for junior researchers,
according to qualifications and relevant experience.


Further enquiries can be made to:

Richard Piepenbrock
CELEX Project Manager

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Wundtlaan 1
The Netherlands

Tel: (+31) (0)80 - 615797
Fax: (+31) (0)80 - 521213