LINGUIST List 32.3517

Fri Nov 05 2021

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Data Science Consultant specialized in Statistics (70-100%), University of Zurich

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Date: 05-Nov-2021
From: Manuel Widmer <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Data Science Consultant specialized in Statistics (70-100%), University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Zurich
Department: NCCR Evolving Language
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Data Science Consultant specialized in Statistics (70-100%)

Job Rank: Consultant

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Data Science


Within the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language, which involves nearly 40 different research groups from a large variety of disciplines across Switzerland, and the University of Zurich Technology Platform LiRI (Linguistic Research Infrastructure), we seek to hire a data science consultant specialized in statistical modeling at the University of Zurich. The successful candidate will work intensively with researchers across the entire network of the NCCR and language scientists in Switzerland more broadly. Conditions permitting, this may involve also spending limited periods of time in labs outside Zurich. The position is initially limited for a period of two years with the possibility of extension and a permanent contract.

Your responsibilities:
The data science consultant will support the different research groups of the NCCR with all types of statistical tasks, ranging from design of experiments and observational studies to development of new statistical methodologies. The successful candidate is expected to actively interact with other data science platforms in Switzerland, e.g. at the ETH Zurich adn the Swiss Data Science Center, as well as with partners in industry (e.g. the Google Research Natural Language Processing Group in Zurich).

Your profile:
The ideal candidate has an MSc or PhD degree in statistics or data science and profound domain knowledge in language science, or a degree in language science and strong expertise in data science/statistics, is able to quickly immerse in different interdisciplinary research topics, and is able to efficiently communicate with scientists working on language from a large variety of perspectives and/or on animal communication. The NCCR and LiRI place great emphasis on teamwork and on multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential.

What we offer:
We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us. We strongly aim at gender diversity and particularly encourage women to apply.

Place of work: Zurich

Start of employment:
Review of applications starts November 15 and applications are accepted until the position is filled. Please submit your application as a single PDF labelled 'Stats-YourSurname.pdf. Questions can be addressed to Prof. Richard Hahnloser.

Please apply via the application email below. Applications should include:
- a cover letter stating your motivation and vision for the field,
- a CV with publication list,
- a copy of the highest degree,
- and the names of three references.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Reinhard Furrer

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