Ph.D. Research in Sign Language Translation in Ghent University Belgium in 2021

Ghent University invites applications for the Ph.D. Research in Sign Language Translation in Belgium for the 2021/22 academic session.

SignON ( is a user-centric and community-driven European research project that aims to facilitate the exchange of information among deaf and hard of hearing, and hearing individuals across Europe targeting the Irish, British, Dutch, Flemish and Spanish Sign, and English, Irish, Dutch, Spanish oral languages.

Worth of Award

  • The Ph.D. Research in Sign Language Translation at Ghent University is a fully-funded Ph.D. scholarship for a maximal period of 4 years (upon positive progress evaluation).


Degree and background:

• You have the degree of Master of Science in any of the following fields: Computer science (engineering), Artificial intelligence (or similar), Informatics.
• Your degree must be equivalent to 4 or 5 years of studies (bachelor + master) in the European Union, you must have a solid academic track record (graduation cum laude or grades in the top 25% percentile).
• You have knowledge of and experience with deep learning, either in video processing or in language technology.
• Candidates who are deaf or hard of hearing are particularly encouraged to apply. For other candidates, personal motivation (e.g. a close connection with deaf people) is an asset.

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Language skills:
• If you are a hearing person: you are fluent in written and spoken English AND you know or are willing to learn the basics of one of the sign languages targeted by the project
• If you are a deaf person: you can communicate in Flemish sign language and are sufficiently proficient in written English to be able to follow the state-of-the-art in the relevant domains and publish your results in high impact journals and at conferences

Other skills:

• You have an applied and pragmatic mindset and are motivated to perform user-driven research in close interaction with the deaf community
• You are interested in and motivated by the research topic, as well as in obtaining a Ph.D. degree.
• You are creative, have excellent analytical skills, and can work independently as well as in a team.
• You have good communication skills, an open mind, and a multi-disciplinary attitude.

How to Apply

Apply to prof. dr. ir. Joni Dambre ([email protected]) with the following documents:

– extensive motivation letter: specific motivation and specific background relevant for the project! (“generic” applications that do not show sufficient relation to this specific research project will be ignored)
– scientific resume, diplomas, and detailed academic results (list of courses and grades),
– English proficiency scores for candidates with degrees outside the EU
– relevant publications (if any)
– two reference contacts (NO reference letters, if necessary, we will contact these persons and ask them for their opinion about you)

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Note that incomplete applications will not be considered and VACANCY WILL BE CLOSED as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.

Deadline: June 15, 2021, 00:00


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