Open positions

Postdoc or PhD Student in Computational Linguistics

The Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany) is pleased to invite applications for a

PhD student (E13 75%) or Postdoc (E13 100%) in Computational Linguistics

Duration: Three years, can be extended

The position is part of the research group on Computational Linguistics (Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller). It is flexible with respect to topic, and very suitable for a young researcher who would like to develop their own research agenda. Topics of interest to our research group include:

  • semantic and syntactic parsing
  • dialogue
  • natural language generation
  • semantics-based question answering

Current projects with third-party funding concern semantic parsing with a combination of compositional and neural methods (we currently hold the state of the art across multiple graphbanks); the induction of world knowledge from corpora; and interactive natural language generation in Minecraft. A willingness and ability to contribute to these projects would be a plus.

The position comes with a light teaching load in the BSc Computational Linguistics (German), the MSc Language Science and Technology (English), or the Erasmus Mundus MSc Language and Communication Technologies (English). The department attracts an excellent crowd of students; in the MSc programs, two thirds are international students. Nonetheless, the ability to teach in German is a plus.


At the postdoc level, a successful candidate should hold, or be about to complete, a PhD in computational linguistics, computer science, or a related discipline, and should have demonstrated an expertise in a relevant area of research through high-quality publications. The applicant must be proficient in English (spoken and written).

At the PhD student level, the requirement is an MSc in computational linguistics, computer science, or a related discipline. Relevant expertise in one of the areas listed above 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".

The department is part of the Saarland Informatics Campus, which brings together 800 researchers and 2000 students from 81 countries. We collaborate closely with the university's Department of Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

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

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 January 8, 2020. 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.

If you have further questions, please email me (see my homepage for contact details). Applications should not be sent by email, but submitted through the online form.