[Corpora-List] (Reminder:) Postdoctoral Researcher, Incremental Instruction Generation, NLP / NLG / Dialogue, U Potsdam

David Schlangen david.schlangen at uni-potsdam.de
Wed Dec 11 20:48:51 CET 2019


* Reminder. Apply by Dec 20th, 2019. Questions: david.schlangen at uni-potsdam.de *

# Postdoctoral Researcher, Incremental Instruction Generation, NLP / NLG / Dialogue, U Potsdam

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the "Computational Linguistics Lab Potsdam (colabPotsdam)" (headed by Prof. David Schlangen) at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

The position is available from March 01, 2020. (Or earlier.) The position is for 40 hours of work per week. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). The duration of the contract is for three years (in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the German Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG)).

The position is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Research Foundation) in the project RECOLAGE (Project ID 423217434). The aim of RECOLAGE is to develop data-driven methods for collaborative natural language generation in task-based scenarios, where the system's verbal output can be continuously coordinated with ongoing non-verbal actions of the listener.

Prof. Schlangen's group has moved from Bielefeld to Potsdam in 2019, where it now consists of several PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. We have a long standing interest in modelling conversational phenomena, from turn-taking to conversational grounding to interactive reference resolution and multimodal language grounding.

## Job description

Together with a PhD student, the successful candidate will work on all aspects of the project, such as setting up a data collection effort (via crowd sourcing); devising, testing, and describing models of language generation based on state descriptions or visual state representations (where the task is to produce instructions that turn this state into that state); execution monitoring and correction. In the first phase of the project, the generated output will be presented visually, but the eventual goal is to work with spoken language.

Excellent knowledge of current NLP techniques will be required, ideally with some previous experience in the area of natural language generation. Previous experience with dialogue and interaction and/or language & vision data would also be a strong plus.

The project will be run in coordination with Prof. Sina Zarrieß (University of Jena).

The position carries no direct teaching load, but if desired, teaching BSc or MSc level courses is a possiblity, as is supervision of student dissertation projects.

### Requirements

* A PhD in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science or related fields (in hand by start of contract) * Experience with current NLP methods (e.g., deep learning) and good writing skills, as evidenced through publications at top venues (e.g., *ACL) * Strong programming skills * The working language of the group is English. Very good spoken and written command of English is required.

Desirable: * Experience with NLG techniques * Experience with modelling interaction * Experience with Language & Vision data and models

## The place

The city of Potsdam, once the residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors, is surrounded by rivers and lakes and supports a wide variety of recreational activities. It is part of the Berlin metropolitan area, one of the cultural and scientific capitals of the world. The city of Berlin is within commuting distance, and many researchers and students choose to live there. The region offers a high quality of urban life at comparatively still modest costs.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The University of Potsdam strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and specifically encourages female applicants to apply for this position.

## Applications

Deadline: **December 20th, 2019** (Interviews planned for week of Feb 3rd, 2020.)

To apply, send the following documents as a single PDF:

* Statement of research interests that motivates your application * Curriculum vitae, including your list of publications * Your PhD dissertation and/or other writing samples * If available, coding samples or links to your contributions to public code repositories * Scans of transcripts and academic degree certificates * The names, affiliations, and concact details of up to three people who can provide reference letters for you.

Address for applications and queries: david.schlangen at uni-potsdam.de

--- David Schlangen Chair "Foundations of Computational Linguistics" Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam

Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25 14476 Potsdam, Germany

Campus Golm, Building 14, Room 2.18

Tel. +49 331 977 2692 Tel. Secretary +49 331 977 2016

http://clp.ling.uni-potsdam.de



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