Applications are invited for a highly motivated PhD student in computational linguistics, to join the research group of Prof. Vera Demberg at Saarland University. The PhD student position will be part of a project on automatically generating descriptions for graphs and charts (e.g., bar graphs, line graphs etc.) from data, using deep neural networks.
The position also comes with a small teaching obligation of 2h/week per semester, which can involve running tutorials, offering a seminar on a specific topic or co-teaching a lecture.
Starting date of the position is subject to negotiation. Payment will follow the German public payscale at 75% TV-L E 13.
Candidates for this position should have completed an MSc degree in computational linguistics, computer science or a related discipline. Experience in machine learning techniques and familiarity with natural language processing are expected. Note that while the position requires an MSc, we are happy to receive applications by people who have not yet finished their MSc by the time of application, but will have submitted their thesis by the starting date or shortly thereafter. Applicants are requested to submit their application, together with an academic CV, a list of academic publications, a research proposal that outlines their interest and background related to the project, copies of academic degree certificates and two potential references.
*** Application deadline: Sep 15, 2019 ***
For questions on more project details, please contact Prof. Dr. Vera Demberg at vera at coli.uni-saarland.de. Applications should also be sent in by email, to vera at coli.uni-saarland.de and sek-vd at coli.uni-saarland.de
Saarland University is home to two Collaborative Research Centers that relate to the PhD topic. CRC 1102 http://www.sfb1102.uni-saarland.de/ on "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding" includes 16 research projects in the areas of computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. The CRC’s research projects jointly address the hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better understood in terms of a speaker’s desire to rationally distribute information across the linguistic signal. More specifically, a wide range of linguistic, psycholinguistic and computational methods will be brought to bear in explaining the multitude of choices speakers make when they encode their messages – from the choice of words, structuring of syntactic elements, and arranging sentences in discourse.
Transregional CRC 248 "Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems" https://www.perspicuous-computing.science/ addresses the difficulty for humans to understand increasingly complex software systems, and aims to enable comprehension of the cyber-physical world with the human in the loop. This involves systems to explain themselves in a way that's human understandable.
Saarland University offers a lively academic environment which emphasizes interdisciplinary research between computational linguistics, computer science, and cognitive sciences. We entertain active collaborative links between the Department of Computer Science, the Institute for Language Science and Technology, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems and the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).
Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women are strongly encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.
-- Prof. Dr. Vera Demberg Computer Science and Computational Linguistics Saarland Informatics Campus Saarland University Campus C7.2 Room 3.02 D-66123 Saarbrücken Phone: +49-681-302-70024 Sekretariat: +49-681-302-70025 Fax: +49-681-302-70026