LINGUIST List 11.2535

Fri Nov 24 2000

Jobs: PhD Scholarships at Saarland U/Edinburgh U

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  1. Manfred Pinkal, Comp Ling, Phonetics, Informatics: PhD Scholarships at Saarland U, Germany / Edinburgh U, UK

Message 1: Comp Ling, Phonetics, Informatics: PhD Scholarships at Saarland U, Germany / Edinburgh U, UK

Date: 21 Nov 2000 08:12:12 -0000
From: Manfred Pinkal <>
Subject: Comp Ling, Phonetics, Informatics: PhD Scholarships at Saarland U, Germany / Edinburgh U, UK

Rank of Job: PhD Scholarships
Areas Required: Computational Linguistics, Phonetics, Informatics
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Saarland University / University of
Department: Department of Computational Linguistics
State or Province: 
Country: Germany
Final Date of Application: 31 Dec 2000
Contact: Manfred Pinkal

Address for Applications:
P.O. Box 15 11 50
- 66041

Saarland University (Departments of General/Computational Linguistics
and Informatics) are pleased to announce the availability of six
doctoral scholarships within the newly established

 European Post-Graduate College
 "Language Technology and Cognitive Systems"
 Saarbruecken - Edinburgh

starting in April 1st, 2001. Each scholarship will be funded for two
years (extendable to three years). Doctoral degrees may be obtained in
computational linguistics, phonetics, and informatics.

The European Post-Graduate College has been established in cooperation
between Saarland University and the University of Edinburgh (Division
of Informatics) -- two leading institutions in the fields of
computational linguistics, artificial intelligence and cognitive
science who will collaborate in offering a joint post-graduate
education programme. The cooperation includes

 * a six to twelve months research stay in Edinburgh 
 * joint supervision of dissertations by lecturers from Saarbruecken
 and Edinburgh
 * an intensive research exchange programme between Saarbruecken and
 Edinburgh (including, for example, an annual two-week research
 meeting attended by college members and lecturers from both locations).

The college focuses on human language and speech processing and its
computational, cognitive, and psychological foundations, particularly
in the following research areas:

 * data-intensive language models (e.g. corpus-based and statistical
 * inference
 * knowledge representation, lexicon, and ontology
 * language and speech understanding
 * dialogue and language generation

The participating lecturers in Saarbruecken are Patrick Blackburn,
Manfred Pinkal, Hans Uszkoreit (computational linguistics), William
Barry (phonetics), Matthew Crocker (psycholinguistics), Michael
Kohlhase, Joerg Siekmann, Gert Smolka, and Wolfgang Wahlster
(informatics/AI). In Edinburgh, lecturers are Michael Fourman, Ewan
Klein, Alex Lascarides, Johanna Moore, Jon Oberlander, Martin
Pickering, Mark Steedman, Paul Taylor, Bonnie Webber, and Chris

Each scholarship is compensated with up to DM 2,870 per
month. Additional compensation includes family allowance (where
applicable), travel funding, and an additional monthly allowance of DM
1,410 for the stay in Edinburgh.

Applicants should hold a strong university degree in one of the
relevant areas, and they should not be more than 28 years of
age. Women and international students are particularly encouraged to
apply. Applications should include

 * a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, where
 * copies of high school and university certificates
 * two references (to be sent directly to the college speaker)

 * an informal cover letter specifying interests, previous knowledge
and activities in any of the relevant research areas. The letter
should indicate the area in which the dissertation is to be conducted
(computational linguistics/psycholinguistics, phonetics, or
informatics/AI): where possible, it should include a brief outline of
research interests to be pursued within the scholarship.

Applications should be sent to the speaker of the college (see address
below). Closing date for applications is December 31st, 2000.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Pinkal
Department of Computational Linguistics
Saarland University
P.O. Box 15 11 50
D-66041 Saarbruecken, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)681 302-4344
Fax: +49 (0)681 302-4351
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