The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab (http://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/) has an opening at the PhD level in the area of mining collaboratively constructed semantic resources for NLP. The position is situated within a research project.
Collaboratively constructed knowledge resources, such as Wikipedia or Wiktionary, have recently given rise to substantial performance increases in various Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications, such as information retrieval or text classification. The UKP Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt has been among the first research groups worldwide to explore the use of Wikipedia in NLP. Its most recent work targets at utilizing the knowledge from a new resource, Wiktionary, for example in information retrieval. The group has a strong and internationally competitive research profile in processing user generated discourse and putting the Socio-Semantic Web to use in NLP.
The candidate will conduct research in the above outlined area at the UKP Lab. S/he will interact with senior researchers in the group to develop new approaches und put them into use in the context of a complex information search scenario on the Web. One possible research topic is integrating conventional linguistic wordnets and collaborative resources, which involves techniques such as word sense disambiguation, paraphrase recognition, information fusion and corpus-based and statistical methods.
The UKP Lab is part of the Computer Science Department at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. The group features a dynamic work environment, a highly motivated and integrated research team, a substantial industrial cooperation network, and was distinguished by several research awards for its fundamental research since its establishment in summer 2006. The UKP Lab participates in fundamental as well as applied research projects in information retrieval, summarization, mining knowledge from unstructured documents and providing semantically enhanced information management with different academic and industrial partners.
* The applicants should have a strong background in NLP and/or Computer Science and possess the ability to conduct substantial research.
* S/he will work towards a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt and should have an excellent degree in computer science or a related discipline.
* Strong programming skills in Java and a keen research interest are essential. Experience in e.g. semantic processing, web mining, information extraction and/or a background in linguistics are definite assets.
* The ability to effectively cooperate with fellow group members and the motivation to conduct high-quality research at an international scale are assumed.
The position is open immediately. Later starting dates can be negotiated. The applications should include: (i) your CV with details of past research experience, and (ii) the names of three referees.
Applications should be sent in by October 24th, 2008. The position is open until filled, so applications arriving after that date may still be considered, if the position has not yet been filled.
Please direct your inquiries to:
Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
A hard copy of your application should be sent to:
Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
UKP Lab, FB 20 Computer Science
Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
Hochschulstraße 10, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany