PhD positions: Hybrid strategies for NLP

Job offer posted on 29 September 2023

DesCartes Program WP5 has 2 PhD offer positions in hybrid strategies for NLP. The candidate will work  within the  DesCartes program,, a large research project that aims to develop disruptive hybrid AI to serve the smart city and to enable optimized decision-making in complex situations, encountered for critical urban systems.


The DesCartes programme is developing a hybrid AI, combining Learning, Knowledge and Reasoning, which has good properties (need for less resources and data, security, robustness, fairness, respect for privacy, ethics), and demonstrated on industrial applications of the smart city (digital energy, monitoring of structures, air traffic control).

The program brings together 80 permanent researchers (half from France, half from Singapore), with the support of large industrial groups (Thales SG, EDF SG, ESI group, CETIM Matcor, ARIA etc.).

The research will take place mainly in Singapore, at the premises of CNRS@CREATE, with a competitive salary and generous funding for missions.

Read more about the DesCartes program here.


We are looking for candidates with:

→ Master degree in Computer science with solid background in NLP, AI and/or machine learning. Very strong academic records are highly recommended.

→ Good experience in deep learning approaches for NLP

→ Good programming skills in Python

→ Very good English skills (both writing and speaking)

→ Can work collaboratively with other researchers


Salary range: 3200 to 6000 SGD (depending on suitability and experience)

The candidate will be registered at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse for 3 years and is expected to spend  time in Singapore ( The thesis will be supervised by Jian Su (Astar,, and  Farah Benamara (IRIT,

To apply, please send a detailed CV, your grades and a list of publications. The position is open until fulfilled but the deadline to apply is October 15th.

Feel free to contact us for any questions or comments: Farah Benamara (

Find the job offer on MCF website here