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PhD Position in Computational Models of Language and Vision

One PhD position/studentship to study computational models of language and vision is available in the Language, Interaction and Computation track of the 3-year PhD program offered by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento (Italy) (http://www.unitn.it/en/cimec).

The PhD program (start date: November 2015) is taught in English by an international faculty. The Language, Interaction & Computation track is organized by the CIMeC-CLIC laboratory, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying language and conceptualization using both computational and cognitive methods (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/).

The topic of the PhD thesis will be defined with the student selected as PhD candidate. Possible research directions include: Compositionality in images; Methaphors in images; Searching for images through natural language queries; Language, vision and reasoning. The selected student will work closely with the research team of the ERC project COMPOSES (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes/).

Desired Profile

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the project, we seek a brilliant student with at least some of the following background:

- Machine learning
- Computer Vision
- Natural Language Processing
- Good programming skills
- Ability to work with big data
- Mathematical and statistical skills.

If you think that your background is relevant to the research program outlined on the project website (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/lavi) and you have good programming and quantitative skills, please do get in touch even if you do not fully fit the profile above.

All prospective students are expected to have an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

The Research Environment

The CLIC lab (http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/) is a unit of the University of Trento's Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, http://www.unitn.it/en/cimec), an English-speaking, interdisciplinary center for research on brain and cognition whose staff includes neuroscientists, psychologists, (computational) linguists, computer scientists and physicists.

CLIC consists of researchers from the Departments of Computer Science (DISI) and Psychology and Cognitive Science (DiPSCo) carrying out research on a range of topics including concept acquisition, corpus-based computational semantics, combining NLP and computer vision, combining brain and corpus data to study cognition, formal semantics and theoretical linguistics.

CLIC is part of the larger network of research labs focusing on Natural Language Processing and related domains in the Trento region, that is quickly becoming one of the areas with the highest concentration of researchers in NLP and related fields anywhere in Europe.

The CLIC/CIMeC laboratories are located in beautiful Rovereto, a lively town in the middle of the Alps, famous for its contemporary art museum, the quality of its wine, and the range of outdoors sport and relax opportunities it offers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rovereto

Application Information

The official call of the Doctoral School in Cognitive and Brain Sciences will be announced shortly, and application details will be available on the page:


We strongly encourage a preliminary expression of interest in the project. Please contact Raffaella Bernardi (), attaching a CV in pdf or txt format, or a link to an online CV. For information about the application process, please contact the school administrator ().

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