[Corpora-List] PhD position in computational linguistics at Univ. of Potsdam

Manfred Stede stede at uni-potsdam.de
Sun Jun 13 10:34:27 CEST 2021

PhD position in computational linguistics: Tailoring text to different media (University of Potsdam, Germany)

As part of the collaborative research center (CRC) 1287 "Limits of Variability in Language", project T1 "Transforming Text Across Media" invites applications for a PhD student position. This position will be part of the "Discourse Research Lab" headed by Manfred Stede (http://angcl.ling.uni-potsdam.de <http://angcl.ling.uni-potsdam.de/>)

The position is for 30 hours of work per week. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost, 75%). The duration of the contract is for four years.

The position is open until filled; applications will be evaluated from July 1st onward.

Project T1 (PIs: Manfred Stede, Tatjana Scheffler) studies various spoken and written media for differences that texts exhibit on the level of discourse structure, and aims at automatically generating suggestions on optimizing a text for comprehensibility in a different medium. Specifically, we work with documents appearing on web sites or blogs, on Twitter, and in podcasts; the genres are product announcements from companies and research news issued by institutions. We collaborate with two medium-sized companies in Berlin that are interested in automatic methods for mapping textual content across genre/media boundaries.

The discourse phenomena of particular interest for this open PhD position are discourse structure in terms of Rhetorical Structure Theory (Mann/Thompson 1988); its automatic parsing for German text, the relation between discourse structure complexity and cognitive complexity; and the connections between discourse structure and coreference.

The CRC provides a fantastic research infrastructure including a large interdisciplinary network of researchers, its own graduate school (successful PhD candidates and Postdocs automatically become members of the Integrated Research Training Group), and funding opportunities for conference visits, summer schools, hosting international experts etc.

Applicants should hold a M.Sc. in computational linguistics, linguistics, computer science, or a related field. Demonstrated experience working with the relevant discourse phenomena, social media data, and/or state-of-the-art tools and methods in computational linguistics are particularly desired. Knowledge of German is an advantage.

(There is a second PhD position in this project, which is already filled.)

Address for queries: stede at uni-potsdam.de <mailto:stede at uni-potsdam.de>

Applications (CV, statement of research interests, names and concact details of up to three people who can provide reference letters for you) should be submitted through the CRC administration; see: http://www.uni-potsdam.de/sfb1287/vacancies <http://www.uni-potsdam.de/sfb1287/vacancies>. -------------- next part -------------- A non-text attachment was scrubbed... Name: not available Type: text/html Size: 3598 bytes Desc: not available URL: <https://mailman.uib.no/public/corpora/attachments/20210613/c4b76079/attachment.txt>

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