Open positions

Research and teaching position in computational linguistics (Postdoc or PhD student)

The Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University is pleased to invite applications for a research and teaching position in the research group on Computational Linguistics (Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller). Depending on previous qualifications, the positions could be at the post-doc or PhD student level. The preferred starting date is February 2019 or later.

A successful candidate should have proven expertise in neural, statistical, and/or theoretical methods in computational linguistics and be willing to take an active role in the group's research activities. The exact research topic is flexible, but should connect to current topics of interest to the research group. These include syntactic and semantic parsing, semantics, dialogue, and natural language generation.

The position includes a teaching load of up to four hours per week in the BSc Computational Linguistics (in German) and/or the MSc Language Science and Technology (in English).

The appointment will be made on the German TV-L E13 scale (100% position at the postdoc level; 75% position at the PhD student level). The starting salary of a 100% TV-L E13 position is about 46,000 Euros per year and increases with experience. The duration of the contract can be negotiated, and can be extended up to the limits of the German law for academic contracts (WissZeitVG).

Requirements:

A successful candidate should hold, or be about to complete, a PhD degree (at the postdoc level) or an MSc degree (at the PhD student level) in computational linguistics, computer science, or a related discipline. The applicant must be proficient in English (spoken and written); the ability to teach in German is a plus.

About the department:

Saarland University is one of the leading centers for computational linguistics in Europe, and offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment. The Department of Language Science and Technology organizes about 100 research staff in ten research groups in the fields of computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech processing, and corpus linguistics. The department participates in the Collaborative Research Center 1102 "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding" and is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction". It collaborates closely with top-ranked research institutions on the Saarland University campus, including the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Computer Science Department at Saarland University.

Our researchers and students come from all over the world, and our primary working language is English.

How to apply:

Please submit your application at http://apply.coli.uni-saarland.de/ak18_LS.

Include a single PDF file with the following information:

  1. a statement of research interests that motivates why you are applying for this position and what your research plans are;
  2. a full CV including your list of publications;
  3. scans of transcripts and academic degree certificates;
  4. the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of two people who can provide letters of reference for you.
Priority will be given to applications received by November 11, 2018.

If you have further questions, please email Alexander Koller. Applications should _not_ be emailed to this address, but submitted through the online form.


PhD student in computational linguistics

The Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University is pleased to invite applications for a PhD student position in the research group on Computational Linguistics (Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller). The preferred starting date is January 2019 or later.

The position will be part of the DFG project "Efficient statistical parsing and decoding for expressive grammar formalisms using tree automata". In this project, we take a unifying view on a variety of tasks in computational linguistics, including syntactic and semantic parsing and natural language generation. We develop efficient and accurate algorithms that can tackle all of these problems in a uniform manner, by interpreting abstract syntactic structures in different algebras. After completing a first project phase that focused on the use of tree automata for describing these abstract syntactic structures, we are currently primarily interested in supervised and semi-supervised neural methods.

The appointment will be made on the German TV-L E13 scale (75%). The starting salary of E13 75% is about 34,000 Euros per year and increases with experience. The contract will be initially limited until November 2021, and can be extended further.

Requirements:

A successful candidate should hold, or be about to complete, an MSc degree in computational linguistics, computer science, or a related discipline. Relevant expertise in the area of the project is desired. The applicant must be proficient in English (spoken and written).

About the department:

Saarland University is one of the leading centers for computational linguistics in Europe, and offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment. The Department of Language Science and Technology organizes about 100 research staff in ten research groups in the fields of computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech processing, and corpus linguistics. The department participates in the Collaborative Research Center 1102 "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding" and is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction". It collaborates closely with top-ranked research institutions on the Saarland University campus, including the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Computer Science Department at Saarland University.

Our researchers and students come from all over the world, and our primary working language is English.

How to apply:

Please submit your application at http://apply.coli.uni-saarland.de/ak18_DFG.

Include a single PDF file with the following information:

  1. a statement of research interests that motivates why you are applying for this position and what your research plans are;
  2. a full CV including your list of publications;
  3. scans of transcripts and academic degree certificates;
  4. the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of two people who can provide letters of reference for you.
Priority will be given to applications received by November 11, 2018.

If you have further questions, please email Alexander Koller. Applications should _not_ be emailed to this address, but submitted through the online form.