[Corpora-List] Job: Scientific Software Engineer (Natural Language Processing for Interactive Linking)

Tristan Miller miller at ukp.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Tue Nov 27 12:39:21 CET 2012

Scientific Software Engineer "Natural Language Processing for Interactive Linking" at UKP Lab, Technische Universitšt Darmstadt, Germany The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab has an opening for

a scientific software engineer

to create natural language processing (NLP) components for linking unstructured text documents, work on an integrated toolkit for effective NLP software development based on UIMA, and maintain a demo platform for NLP applications. Manually enriching the text content with links to other knowledge sources such as forums or Twitter is a tedious task. The resulting automatic system will support users in using these sources to find the relevant information. This is beneficial for example for self-directed learning as well as for traditional classroom teaching. The languages to be processed are English and German. The resulting software will be made available in the Darmstadt Knowledge Processing Software Repository, documented and released for use by the research community: http://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/research/current-projects/dkpro/ 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 industrial career.

The position is initially limited to two years starting at the soonest possible date. The payment is according to the German TV-TU public service scale. The employment contract is subject to the final approval of the project by the funding agency.


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 and analytical thinking. Previous work experience in one of the topics outlined above is a definite asset, but is not an absolute requirement. Further, we expect excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively cooperate in a team.

Mandatory: - strong programming skills in Java and previous experience with the relevant technologies (e.g. Eclipse IDE, JUnit, Maven); - experience with developing Web applications (e.g. Apache Wicket, Apache Tomcat, HTML, CSS, Javascript).

Optional: - background in natural language processing and / or machine learning; - experience with component-based systems (e.g. Spring Framework, Apache UIMA); experience with open-source development, refactoring, issue tracking.

The focus of UKP Lab (www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de) led by Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych 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 and a substantial industrial cooperation network. Since its establishment in summer 2006, it has received several awards for fundamental research and sparked several open-source software projects widely known in the community. Darmstadt is located in the southern part of the Rhine Main Area, which hosts one of the strongest IT-Clusters in Germany. The city is easily reachable 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. Iryna Gurevych and Nicolai Erbs (preferably by email: {gurevych, erbs} (at) ukp (dot) informatik (dot) tu-darmstadt (dot) de). Please direct any inquiries regarding this post to Nicolai Erbs.

Application deadline: December 15, 2012 Later applications will be considered as long as the position is not filled. Upon consideration, you will be asked to complete some assignments in software development.

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