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​30-month Postdoctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing for Kids


IRISA (https://www.irisa.fr/) is the largest research laboratory dedicated to computer science in France, hosting more than 800 people and 40 research teams. Its activities spans all fields of computer science. It is located in Rennes, Lannion, and Vannes. The Expression team (https://www-expression.irisa.fr/) works on natural language processing (NLP), be it through texts, speech or gestures. In particular, it focuses on the expressive components of the human languages.

The opened position is part of the very recent ANR (French National Research Agency) TextToKids project which aims at facilitating the writing and the filtering of texts for children, especially but not only in order to tell them about current events (e.g., presidential elections, Brexit, reception of migrants in France, etc.) in respect of their language skills. The consortium, which brings together linguists (MoDyCo lab), computer scientists (IRISA lab and companies Qwant and  Synapse Développement) and specialized journalists (French newspaper Libération), will seek to characterize the  linguistic constraints to be respected for such a purpose and to propose assistive tools (text analysis, search engine,  reformulation, good practices). The activities are conducted on French.

The contract is for 30 months, with a first period of 18 months and an extension of 12 months.

  1. Propose, develop and compare NLP models to predict age recommendation for a given sentence or text. Models should compare expert and machine learning approaches.
  2. Propose and develop explanation and reformulation tools for sentences and texts, i.e. tools that provide either explanations about why text chunks are inadequate, and informational hints or textual suggestions to rewrite them.
  3. Handle software integration with partners and interact with them accordingly.
Profil / compétences: 
  • PhD in Natural Language Processing or Machine Learning
  • Programming skills (Python) and scripting (shell)
  • Linux
Diplôme requis: 
Lieu de travail: 
IRISA / Campus of Lannion
Type de contrat: 
Durée du contrat (en mois): 
Salaire Brut / Mens €: 
Competive, depeding on the experience
Date prévisionnelle d'embauche: 
Spring 2020

Send a ​cover letter​, a ​resume​, and ​references​ by email to:

Applications will be processed as they arise.