The Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at University of Stuttgart) has a opening for a PhD student in the context of a new project on argumentation modeling , headed by Sebastian Pado  and Roman Klinger  in close association with Kai Sassenberg  from Leibniz Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Tübingen.
The successful candidate will investigate the interplay between argumentative structure and emotional content in deliberative discourse using methods from data mining and predictive modeling. Part of the goal is to develop methods that automatically change the emotional connotation of statements and arguments and to analyze how this changes perception.
The candidate should have a Master's degree in computer science, computational linguistics or similar with substantial knowledge of natural language processing including neural network modeling and strong programming and software engineering skills. They require excellent communication skills, a good knowledge of German, and interest in interdisciplinary work. Prior experience with argumentation analysis, emotion analysis, or computational psycholinguistics will be considered a plus.
The candidate will be employed by IMS and will also be associated with the graduate college "Cognitive Interfaces" . The position is available for three years, starting as soon as possible. The position follows the German university payscale (TV-L 13)  and will be between 65% and 100% depending on previous experience. To apply, please send a full CV and letter of motivation together in a single PDF document to Sebastian Pado, pado at ims.uni-stuttgart.de. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application until June 14, 2018.
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  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 hours), Paris (~3.5 hours), Berlin (~5.5 hours), Strasbourg (1 hour) or Lake Constance (2 hours).
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