[Corpora-List] PhD position in Computational Linguistics: Heidelberg/Mannheim

Anette Frank frank at cl.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Jul 6 12:31:19 CEST 2016

PhD position in Computational Linguistics ________________________________________________


The Institute for German Language (IDS) and the Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) at Heidelberg University aim to fill one position for a doctoral researcher.

We invite applications for a PhD position on the topic of knowledge discovery from scientific articles or other domain specific corpus resources. Areas of interest for this topic are semantic relation and concept acquisition, linking to ontologies and inferential knowledge acquisition.

The doctoral researcher position will be part of a research group led by Prof. Dr. Anette Frank and Dr. Vivi Nastase that is part of the Leibniz Science Campus “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 research 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, and uses such data and models in applications for empirical linguistics and digital humanities.

For more details on the Leibniz ScienceCampus, see http://www.wisscamp.de/en

Salary is based on the German civil servants payscale (TV-L 13, 66%). The positions are offered for an initial period of two years, with a possible extension for a third year.

Responsibilities for the doctoral researchers include research within the Leibniz ScienceCampus, publishing in leading conferences within the topics of their respective areas (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 an advantage (B1/B2 level and a commitment to reach C1 within the first year)

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 (pdf):

A letter of motivation and areas of interest relating to the posted topic

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 or publication

Use the following email address when applying: applications_lwc at cl.uni-heidelberg.de For further inquiries regarding the positions, please contact Prof. Frank and Dr. Nastase, also at applications_lwc at cl.uni-heidelberg.de

The position will be open until filled. Applications received by Tuesday, July 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.


Prof. Dr. Anette Frank http://www.cl.uni-heidelberg.de/~frank Computational Linguistics Department email: frank at cl.uni-heidelberg.de University of Heidelberg phone: +49-(0)6221/54-3247 Im Neuenheimer Feld 325 secr: +49-(0)6221/54-3245 69120 Heidelberg, Germany fax: +49-(0)6221/54-3242

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