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We’ve got a new PhD position in Natural Language Processing, revolving around semantic analysis and search of legislative documents. Grab the chance and start working with the leading NLP group in Croatia.

Text Analysis and Knowledge Engineering Lab (TakeLab) at FER, University of Zagreb, Croatia, invites applications for the position of a PhD researcher in Natural Language Processing. The research will be carried out within the R&D project “An integrated document management system for the legislation of the Republic of Croatia“. The project aims at developing a platform for semantic analysis and search of legislative documents, targeted at both professional and layperson users. The specific technical and scientific challenges include semantic and faceted search, conversational search, multi-label document classification, and keyword extraction.

The PhD researcher would be involved in R&D activities on the project as well as teaching activities at the Dept. of Electronics, Microelectronics, Computer and Intelligent Systems, at an approx. 60%-40% split, respectively. The researcher would be enrolled in the PhD programme at UNIZG FER, under the supervision of Prof. Jan Šnajder. The PhD tuition fee is covered by FER.

The tentative PhD topic is text-based conversational search (chatbot-enabled semantic search) for the legal domain. Research would revolve around deep reinforcement learning for dialogue generation in conversational agents, models for blending in domain-specific knowledge into the dialogue structure, and models for result-based dialogue management. Please note that this topic is tentative only; we will gladly consider candidate’s own research topic proposals, as long as they fit into TakeLab’s research agenda.


Candidates will have completed a MSc in Computer Science or Computational Linguistics. Demonstrable knowledge of machine learning is required. Experience with natural language processing is highly valuable. Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem solving and research are essential.

Salary and contract duration:

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for three years, starting immediately (May 2018) or in September 2018 the latest. Salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel (monthly net salary of about 7,000 HRK). Additional funding for conference fees, summer schools, and travels is available.


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Applications can be made by e-mail at and should include a short research statement, CV, copy of university degrees and transcripts, as well as list of publications and published software. Please attach all documents as a single PDF.

All applications received before 31 May, 2018 will receive full consideration. The position remains open until filled.

As an equal opportunities employer, TakeLab FER positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

About TakeLab FER:

TakeLab FER is a young and dynamic research team and the leading group for Natural Language Processing and Text Analytics in Croatia. The group pursues diverse research topics, ranging from information extraction and semantic search to computational semantics and opinion mining.