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Saturday, July 10, 2021 by Chris Wellekens

6-32 (2021-06-24) PhD position at IMAG, Grenoble, France

Please find below the description of a PhD position in ?Citation extraction
classification for knowledge extraction and analysis of a scientific field?.

        Starting date: October 01, 2021
        Deadline for Applications: July 5th, 2021

        Keywords: natural language processing, citation classification, transfer
learning, deep learning


        The NanoBubbles ERC project objective is to understand how, when and why science
fails to correct itself. The project?s focus is nanobiology and it combines approaches
from the natural, computer science, and social sciences and the humanities (Science and
Technology Studies) to understand how error correction in science works and what
obstacles it faces. For this purpose, we aim to trace claims and corrections in various
channels of scientific communication (journals, social media, advertisements, conference
programs, etc.) via natural language processing.

        The challenge is to build data sets, models and tools that enable organising and
analysing the rapidly evolving ecology of online comments complementary to conventional
scientific records:
        - This means not only counting references to a document but also assessing and
leveraging the content of both cited and citing document.
        - This means not only identifying named entity, claims and counter claims but
also extracting structured knowledge from text.
        - This means not only taking advantage of existing data to learn models but also
building tools for creation and annotation of new sets of data so to train advance
language models.

        Project objectives

        Citations are an important indicator of the state of a scientific field. They
reflect how authors frame their work and influence its adoption by future researchers.
However, despite recent work in NLP [Bakhti2018,Jurgens2016,Pride2019,Yu2020], citation
behaviour and how it can be used to point out error correction lack large scale and deep
citation analyses.

        The objective of this PhD is to design new NLP method to detect and qualify
citations and extract citation network in scientific research.

        [Bakhti2018] Bakhti, K., Niu, Z., Yousif, A., & Nyamawe, A. S. (2018, August).
Citation function classification based on ontologies and convolutional neural networks.
In International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud (pp. 105-115).
Springer, Cham.
        [Jurgens2016] Jurgens, D., Kumar, S., Hoover, R., McFarland, D., & Jurafsky, D.
(2016). Citation classification for behavioral analysis of a scientific field. arXiv
preprint arXiv:1609.00435.
        [Pride2019] Pride, D., Knoth, P., & Harag, J. (2019, June). ACT: an annotation
platform for citation typing at scale. In 2019 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital
Libraries (JCDL) (pp. 329-330). IEEE.
        [Yu2020] Yu, W., Yu, M., Zhao, T., & Jiang, M. (2020, April). Identifying
referential intention with heterogeneous contexts. In Proceedings of The Web Conference
2020 (pp. 962-972).


        Master 2 in Natural Language Processing, computer science or data science.
        Programming experience in Python and in a deep learning framework.
        Previous experience in NER, RE and dataset manipulation would be a plus.

   Scientific environment

   The thesis will be conducted within the Sigma and Getalp teams of the LIG laboratory
( and The recruited person will be
welcomed within the teams which offer a stimulating, multinational and pleasant working
environment. The means to carry out the PhD will be provided both in terms of missions in
France and abroad and in terms of equipment (personal computer, access to the LIG GPU
   The person will also be required to collaborate with several teams involved in the ERC
Nanobubbles project, in particular with researchers from the IRIT lab (Toulouse, France),
University of Paris Sorbonne as well as researchers from Maastricht University, Radboud
Universiteit and University of Twente based in the Netherlands.

     Instructions for applying

        Applications are expected until July 5th, 2021. They must contain: CV +
letter/message of motivation + master notes + letter(s) of recommendation; and be
addressed to Cyril Labbé (, François Portet (
and Yasemin J. Erden (

        Applications will be considered on the fly. It is therefore advisable to apply as
soon as possible.

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