Job Opening - interdisciplinary PhD position

Posted by VĂ©ronique Hoste on Jan. 23, 2017

PhD Position

Applications are invited for a full-time interdisciplinary PhD scholarship in the LT3 Language and Translation Technology Team at the Ghent University Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication. The successful applicant will participate in an interdisciplinary research project on the “Comprehensive Integration of Linguistic Features in a Human Inspired Speech Recognition Architecture” funded by the special research fund of Ghent University. 


The envisaged starting date is April 1st 2017.


Job description

Despite that fact that speech recognition involves a fair amount of natural language processing, there has been little collaboration between computational linguists and speech recognition engineers. Given the progress in both research domains in the last decades, this collaborative research effort aims to co-develop a novel speech recognition framework and a set of contemporary linguistic models that plug into this framework. The incorporation of rich linguistic knowledge is expected to help in closing the gap in accuracy between automatic speech recognition (ASR) and human speech recognition (HSR).

  • You work on a delineated research project with the aim of writing an interdisciplinary PhD in English.
  • You function within an interdisciplinary team of researchers and contribute to the activities of the research groups LT3 and ELIS.
  • You publish about and present research results at national and international level, and build a national and international network.
  • You follow the training program of the Doctoral School at Ghent University, which will support you with a broader (non-)academic training. 

Profile of the candidate

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field ((Computational) Linguistics, (Computational) or Computer Science)
  •  Strong interest in language and speech technology
  • Interested in research and having the intention to obtain a PhD degree
  • Fluent in Dutch and English
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Eager to acquire new competences and knowledge
  • Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. Python, Java)




How to apply 

The application (in English) should include

  • a motivation letter, summarizing the candidate’s background and capabilities, and describing his/her motivation for this position
  • attested copies of education certificates, and a list of master courses with the grades obtained
  • an extensive CV
  • contact information (e-mail) of potential referees

Applications are to be sent by e-mail to prof. dr. Veronique Hoste ( The deadline for application is March 1st 2017.



More information

For inquiries, please contact prof. dr. Veronique Hoste 


Veronique Hoste

LT3 Language and Translation Technology Team

Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication

Ghent University