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Job offer - Postdoctoral contract "Probing the neural representations of speech...".

The LabEx EFL (Empirical Foundations of Linguistics) is hiring a Post-Doc researcher. This position is part of a collaboration between the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (LLF) and the Laboratoire Langues et Civilisations à Tradition Orale (LACITO) that aims to develop NLP methods to help linguists in their work of language description.

The position is funded by Strand 5 (Computational Semantic Analysis) and Strand 1 (Phonetic and Phonological Complexity) of LABEX. The recruited person will design methods for analyzing neural representations of speech (such as the one predicted by wav2vec or HuBERT) and, in particular, linguistic probes in order to automatically extract properties related to the typology of a language (e.g. phoneme inventory, phonological and morphosyntactic complexity index, ...).

The recruited researcher will:

  • participate in the design of the experimental protocols, in particular by identifying the characteristics of the languages to be predicted;

  • Develop experiments and analyze the results obtained;

  • Valorize the results obtained, in particular through publications.

Expected skills:

  • PhD in Linguistic or NLP

  • Knowledge of machine learning tools and methods

  • Knowledge of python

  • Ability to dialogue and coordinate with the various project partners: field linguists, computer scientists, engineers, …

Practical information:

  • Place of work: Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (Université Paris Cité)

  • Salary: approx. 2 100€ (net) per month

  • Duration of contract: 10 months

  • Closing date for applications: September 1st 2023

  • Contact : Guillaume Wisniewski (

  • Interview dates(anticipated) : beginning of September

Application must be sent to Guillaume Wisniewski ( The application file must contain:

  • name and contact address for two references

  • curriculum Vitæ, including a full list of publications

  • a cover letter

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