The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany) has an opening for a scientific software engineer to create a web-based platform for linguistic annotations. The goals of this project are: a well-engineered server back-end for an existing web-based annotation front-end, and designing a connection to crowdsourcing platforms for linguistic annotations. The position is ideal for individuals who have just completed their studies and aim to collect work experience in a highly productive, dynamic scientific work environment before moving on to a scientific or an industry career.
This project is part of CLARIN-D, funded by BMBF. CLARIN-D provides linguistic data, tools and services in an integrated, interoperable and scalable infrastructure for the social sciences and humanities, and is highly visible in Germany and within the European Union. Funding is expected to be available for 1 year, starting from September 1st, 2012. Filling the position depends on the availability of funds. The payment follows the German public scale and depends on the qualification of the candidate. Part-time employment is possible.
The ideal candidate should have a strong background in computer science and/or computational linguistics (M.Sc. or B.Sc) and demonstrate very good skills in software engineering. Previous work experience with one of the themes mentioned above is a definite asset, but is not an absolute requirement. Further, we expect excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a distributed team environment.
A plus: - experience with language technology, especially UIMA - experience with relational databases, especially MySQL, JPA - previous open source software projects
The focus of UKP Lab (see www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de) is on semantic information management, computational analysis of user generated content, and applied lexical semantic processing. 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 fundamental research since its establishment in summer 2006. Darmstadt is located in the southern part of the Rhine Main Area, which hosts one of the strongest IT-Clusters in Germany. The city has a preferable location in the center of Germany: not even half an hour away from the Rhine-Main International Airport in Frankfurt.
Interested candidates should send their application (CV, certificates, references to software projects) to Prof. Dr. Chris Biemann and Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych (preferably by email: biemann (at) ukp (dot) informatik (dot) tu-darmstadt (dot) de). Please direct your inquiries regarding this posting to the same address.
Application deadline: May 21, 2012. Later applications will be considered as long as the position is not filled. Upon consideration, you will be asked to complete a programming assignment.