PhD Studentship in Machine Learning

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Computational Learning and Computational Linguistics group of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, in the Computer Science Department of the University of Geneva, available immediately. The successful candidates will pursue research in connection with a project on machine learning funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, where they will investigate theoretical and practical issues in statistical modelling of structured objects, such as natural language semantic structures. Further information on related research activities of the CLCL group can be found on the home page of James Henderson.

Candidates should have a solid background in both computer science and mathematics, particularly in statistical learning and/or optimization theory. They should have excellent programming skills as well as communication skills in English (and ideally in French). Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest and/or experience in computational linguistics or natural language processing. A strong academic record, excellent analytical skills, and a clear aptitude for autonomous, creative research will be priority selection criteria.

The position is available immediately. Starting salary will be around 4400 CHF/month (gross) at the PhD level (1 CHF = 0.66 EUR). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, academic transcript, a statement of purpose, and names and addresses (with e-mail and telephone number) of at least 2 references to the address below (preferably by e-mail):

James Henderson
CUI – University of Geneva
Battelle b√Ętiment A
7 route de Drize
CH-1227 Carouge, Switzerland
E-mail: James.Henderson (at)

Informal inquiries should be directed to James Henderson at James.Henderson (at)