[Corpora-List] Two positions in NLP / argumentation modelling, Stuttgart University

Sebastian Pado pado at ims.uni-stuttgart.de
Wed Nov 22 21:47:21 CET 2017


Two Open Position (One PhD, One Postdoc) in Computational Linguistics / Argumentation Modelling, IMS Stuttgart

The Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at University of Stuttgart) has an opening for two researchers (one PhD student, one Postdoc) to work in the context of a new project on modelling argumentation dynamics in political discourse, headed by Jonas Kuhn [1] and Sebastian Padó [2], in close collaboration with political scientist Sebastian Haunss from University of Bremen [3]).

The successful candidates will develop methods to automatically identify argumentation structures in news coverage, aggregate these structures according to various criteria (thematic coherence, actors, temporal development), and make them available, through suitable diagnostics such as visualization, to analysts from the political science domain.

Both candidates need to have substantial knowledge of natural language processing, excellent communication skills, strong programming and software engineering skills, and at least basic knowledge of the German language. Prior experience with the field of argumentation analysis will be considered a plus.

The candidate for the PhD position should have: * Master’s degree in computer science, computational linguistics or similar * advanced knowledge of machine learning methods, in particular deep learning * interest in interdisciplinary work * ideally, prior experience in visualization

The candidate for the Postdoc position should have: * PhD in computer science, computational linguistics or similar * proven track record in interdisciplinary work in digital humanities or

computational social science, including corpus annotation methodology * substantial experience in the application, adaptation and visualization of NLP models * ideally, prior experience with machine learning

The positions will be available for three years, starting in Early 2018. All applications received until December 15, 2017 will receive full consideration. The salary is according to the German university payscale (TV-L 13, 65% for the PhD position and 100% for the Postdoc, see [4] for details. To apply, please send a full CV and letter of motivation in a single PDF document to Sebastian Pado, pado at ims.uni-stuttgart.de.

About Stuttgart and the University of Stuttgart:

The University of Stuttgart is a technically oriented university in Germany. It is especially known for engineering and related topics, with its computer science department being ranked highly nationally and internationally. The Institute of Natural Language Processing (Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, IMS), which forms part of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is one of the largest academic research institutes for natural language processing in Germany, with three full professors, an assistant professor, three senior lecturers and a staff of more than thirty researchers. Its activities range from computational corpus linguistics to semantic processing, machine translation, psycholinguistics, and phonetics, and hosts several projects funded by the EC, the German science council (DFG), and various foundations. The institute manages dedicated BSc and MSc programs in computational linguistics.

The city of Stuttgart [5] is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in the south-west of Germany and known for its strong economy, rich culture and its location across a variety of hills, many covered in vineyards. It is a lively place with an active bar and club scene. With Germany’s high-speed train system, it is well-connected to many other interesting places, for instance Munich and Cologne (~2.5 hours), Paris (~3.5 hours), Berlin (~5.5 hours), Strasbourg (1 hour) or Lake Constance (2 hours).

[1] http://www.ims.uni-stuttgart.de/institut/arbeitsgruppen/gcl [2] http://www.ims.uni-stuttgart.de/institut/arbeitsgruppen/tcl [3] http://www.socium.uni-bremen.de/about-the-socium/members/sebastian-haunss/ [4] http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/c/t/rechner/tv-l/west?id=tv-l-2015 [5] https://www.stuttgart-tourist.de/en

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