Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Fachrichtung 4.7Universitšt des Saarlandes

Postdoc / PhD Position in Computational Modelling of Discourse and Semantics

Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

We invite applications for a research position ("Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in)") in computational modelling of discourse and lexical semantics. The position is open from October 2008 (a later start date is negotiable) for two years (extension possible). The position is suitable for postdocs and PhD students. The successful candidate will join a PhD student and the project leader in the newly established junior research group "Computational Modelling of Discourse and Semantics" to work on the SEASIDE project (Semantic Argument Structure In DiscoursE). The project investigates links between semantic argument structure and discourse structure, aiming to improve both shallow semantic parsing (aka semantic role labelling) and discourse processing. The group is part of the recently established cluster of excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction" at Saarland University, which comprises 20 new independent junior research groups in various fields of computer science and computational linguistics.

The ideal candidate has a university degree (Master, PhD or equivalent) in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Linguistics, or a related field. Postdocs should have finished (or be very close to finishing) their PhD. Programming skills are required, as well as a good command of English and the ability to work well in a team. Experience with one or more of the following areas is an advantage:

  • machine learning, statistical or data-driven approaches to natural language processing
  • discourse processing (e.g. modelling discourse coherence, event extraction)
  • computational lexical semantics (esp. semantic role labelling)

If desired, the researcher will have the opportunity to participate in teaching and student supervision. There will also be opportunities to collaborate (interdisciplinary) with other researchers in the cluster.

The salary and social benefits are according to Germany's public sector TVL E13 scale, currently between 2.900 and 4.210 Euro per month (before taxes), depending on formal qualification and professional experience. Doctoral researchers will be employed on a part-time position, and will have the opportunity of pursuing a doctoral degree at Saarland University.

Saarland University is one of the leading European research sites in Computational Linguistics. Close ties exist between the departments of Computational Linguistics and Computer Science, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the two Max Planck Institutes for Computer Science and Software Systems, all of which participate in the newly formed cluster of excellence. With the creation of the cluster, Saarland University is set to become an even more dynamic research environment. Researchers come from all over the world and the research language is English.

Please send your application (CV, brief statement of research interests, list of publications if available, and 2-3 references), ideally as a single PDF file, to Caroline Sporleder at The positions will remain open until filled, so later applications may still be considered. Saarland University wishes to increase the proportion of women in research and strongly encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Priority will be given to handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications.

The official (German) text of this announcement will be accessible shortly from the following page (Kennziffer 87G):

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Caroline Sporleder
Exzellenzcluster / FR 4.7 Computerlinguistik
Saarland University
Postfach 151150, 66041 Saarbruecken

Email: csporled (at)
Tel: +49 681 302 70026