[Corpora-List] Job: Doctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing, TU Darmstadt

Tristan Miller miller at ukp.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Jun 6 09:31:29 CEST 2016

The Research Training Group „Adaptive Information Preparation from Heterogeneous Sources“ (AIPHES) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt and at the Ruprecht‑Karls‑University Heidelberg is filling a position for three years, starting as soon as possible:

Doctoral Researcher in Natural Language Processing

The position provides the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree with an emphasis on the guiding theme D1: Multi-level models of information quality, under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych (UKP Lab, TU Darmstadt). A possible research focus of the position is an automatic claim checking with its applications in the domain of computational journalism. However, other suitable topics may be proposed as well. The funding follows the guidelines of the DFG, and the positions are paid according to the E13 public service pay scale.

The goal of AIPHES is to conduct innovative research in a cross-disciplinary context. To that end, methods in computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine learning, network analysis, and automated quality assessment are being developed. AIPHES investigates a novel scenario for information preparation from heterogeneous sources, within the application context of multi-document summarization. There exists close interaction with end users who prepare textual documents in an online editorial office and therefore profit from the results of AIPHES.

Participating research groups at the Technische Universität Darmstadt are Knowledge Engineering (Prof. Fürnkranz), Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (Prof. Gurevych, Dr. Eckle-Kohler, Dr. Meyer), Algorithmics (Prof. Weihe), Language Technology (Prof. Biemann). Participants at the Ruprecht‑Karls‑University Heidelberg are the Institute for Computational Linguistics (Prof. Frank) and the Natural Language Processing Group (Prof. Strube) of Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). Cooperating partners are the Institute for Communication and Media of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and other partners in the area of online media.

AIPHES emphasizes close contact between students and their advisors, has regular joint meetings, a co-supervision by professors and younger scientists in the research groups, and an intensive exchange as part of the research and qualification program. The training group has the goal of publishing its results at leading scientific conferences and actively supports its doctoral researchers in this endeavor. The software that will be developed in the course of AIPHES should be put under the open source Apache Software License 2.0 if possible. Moreover, the research papers and datasets should be published with open access models.


We are looking for exceptionally qualified candidates with a degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, or a related study program. We expect ability to work independently, personal commitment, team and communication abilities, as well as the willingness to cooperate in a multi-disciplinary team. Desirable is experience in scientific work. Applicants should be able to work with German-language texts, and, if necessary, to acquire German language skills during the training program. We specifically invite applications of women. Among those equally qualified, handicapped applicants will receive preferential consideration. International applications are particularly encouraged.

The Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt is regularly ranked among the top ones in respective rankings of German universities. Its unique research initiative "Knowledge Discovery in the Web” emphasizes natural language processing, text mining, machine learning, as well as scalable infrastructures for assessment and aggregation of knowledge. The Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) of the Ruprecht‑Karls‑University Heidelberg is one of the large centers for computational linguistics both in Germany and internationally.

Applications should include:

- a motivational letter explaining the applicant’s possible contribution to the guiding theme D1,

- a CV with information about the applicant’s scientific work,

- certifications of study and work experience,

- as well as a thesis or other publications in electronic form.

They should be submitted until June 30th, 2016 to the spokesperson of the research training group, Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych (Fachbereich Informatik, Hochschulstr. 10, 64289 Darmstadt) using the e-mail address jobs(a-t)ukp.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de.

-- Tristan Miller, Research Scientist Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab (UKP-TUDA) Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt Tel: +49 6151 162 5296 | Web: https://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/

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