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Intern in Machine Translation @ Eurac Research and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Bolzano and Trento, Italy)

The Institute for Applied Linguistics (IAL) at Eurac Research (Bolzano, Italy) is happy to announce the availability of one internship for BA/BS, MA/MS and PhD students interested in carrying out a research project on Machine Translation (MT) for Grammar Error Correction (GEC). 

GEC is the task of automatically correcting grammatical errors in text. MT-based approaches to GEC - where MT systems carry out a monolingual translation from a text containing errors into a text that is free of errors - have produced very competitive results over the recent years.

This internship project aims to explore innovative ways to combine different MT systems for the purpose of creating a high quality semi-automatic error correction system. The long-term plan is to integrate the system into a manual annotation tool to assist linguists in annotating learner corpora, by offering corrections for spans of manually marked text with errors.

Candidates should indicate if they are eligible to an Erasmus+ internship funding.



  • training several MT systems (including Automatic Post-Editing models) on specific learner corpora,
  • training a Machine Learning based ensemble component to filter unreliable error corrections.



  • background in deep learning and mathematics
  • strong programming skills
  • excellent English communication skills, both oral and written
  • knowledge of machine translation and linguistics is a plus


We offer:

This internship will focus on a small and carefully selected subproject. The number and complexity of experiments will be compatible with a work plan spanning over 3-4 months, ideally aiming at a scientific publication.

The internship will be jointly led by the Institute for Applied Linguistics (IAL) at Eurac Research, Bolzano, and the "Machine Translation" Research Unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento. The selected intern will be based at Eurac Research in Bolzano and will spend a period of time at FBK.

Support for travel, food and accommodation will be provided on a case-by-case basis.


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application by 15.07.2019 via the following form:



For further information please contact Lionel Nicolas at lionel.nicolas@eurac.edu.

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