[Corpora-List] Reminder: PhD position in NLP (syntax/semantics, Heidelberg)

Yannick Versley versley at cl.uni-heidelberg.de
Fri Jun 19 21:01:36 CEST 2015

PhD position in Computational Linguistics

The Institute for German Language (IDS) and the Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) at Heidelberg University aim to fill a vacancy for a Doctoral researcher

(Reference number: 3/2015)

Salary is based on the German pay civil servants payscale (TV-L 13, 66%). The position is offered for an initial period of two years, with a possible extension for a third year, and, on condition of having completed the doctoral thesis, a further one-year extension for publications and project acquisition.

The doctoral researcher position is embedded within the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Empirical Linguistics and Computational Language Modeling", a collaborative research project established by the Institute for the German Language (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, IDS) in Mannheim and the Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) at Heidelberg University.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus conducts innovative reserarch to support high-quality automatic annotation of large-scale corpus resources of German language through induction of domain-, genre- and variety-adaptive natural language models. The offered position is embedded in Area B. Our aim in Area B is the induction of language processing models that are well-adapted to specific language varieties, genres and domains, realizing a lean semantic analysis of texts across a wider range of text types. For more details on the Leibniz ScienceCampus, see http://www.wisscamp.de/en

The successful candidate will have an interest in the intersection between machine learning and linguistic structure, and carry out active research in semi-supervised and genre-adaptive modeling of linguistic structure using machine learning models suited for this purpose. Their responsibilities include research within the Leibniz ScienceCampus, publishing in leading conferences within the topics of Area B (supported by a supervisor), and preparing a doctoral thesis within the allotted timeframe. Teaching activity in ICL's computational linguistics study program is welcome but not compulsory.


* Master-level degree in computational linguistics or computer science, with a competitive grade

* Ability to work independently on scientific topics, as well as the willingness to be part of an open and dynamic team of researchers

* Good programming skills in a mainstream programming language (Java, Python or C++)

* Good written and spoken communication skills in English

* Good knowledge of German is a definite advantage (Candidates below C1 level of German will be expected to dedicate some effort to improving their German language knowledge.)

Doctoral researchers in the Leibniz ScienceCampus will be affiliated with the Graduate Academy of the University of Heidelberg. The candidates may participate in the joint doctoral program of ICL and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) as well as the research training group (Graduiertenkolleg) AIPHES. They will benefit from regular tutorials by invited speakers, as well as external training at summer schools.

Application documents and application deadline:

Please provide the following application documents, exclusively in electronic form:

* A letter of motivation and areas of interest relating to the research program of the ScienceCampus, in particular Area B

* A CV, including information on research interests and scientific experience

* Degree certificates with a Transcript of Records

* Your M.A. thesis or a representative term paper

Use the following email address when applying: applications_lwc at cl.uni-heidelberg.de If you would like to know more about the position itself, please contact Dr. Yannick Versley and Prof. Anette Frank, also at applications_lwc at cl.uni-heidelberg.de

The position will be open until filled. Applications received until Friday, June 26th will receive full consideration.

IDS Mannheim and the University of Heidelberg seek to increase the proportion of qualified women in academic staff and strongly encourage women to submit applications. The reconciliation of job and family is especially supported by IDS and Heidelberg University. Handicapped persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference. For the normative version of this vacancy announcement, please see the general German text at http://wisscamp.de/de/category/doktorandenstellen/

-- Dr. Yannick Versley

Institut für Computerlinguistik Im Neuenheimer Feld 325 69120 Heidelberg Tel.: +49 (0)6221 54-3591

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