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Mon Apr 04 2005

Jobs: Computational Ling: Post Doc, U of Potsdam

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        1.    David Schlangen, Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Potsdam, Germany

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Potsdam, Germany

Date: 04-Apr-2005
From: David Schlangen <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Potsdam, Germany

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University or Organization: University of Potsdam
Department: Institute for Linguistics
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Dialogue


2 positions open for experienced researchers in an EU-funded dialogue
project at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

The University of Potsdam invites applications for two positions for
'Experienced Researchers' -- i.e., people with a PhD, or else with 4
or more years of full-time, post-graduate research experience -- to
work on `you what?', a 2-year project that aims to improve the way
spoken dialogue systems deal with understanding problems, by enabling
such systems to produce and understand meaningful and contextually
appropriate clarification requests (e.g. ``New York City?' instead of
``I'm sorry, can you repeat?')

The project will explore ways to combine statistical and symbolic
methods to detect understanding problems, so knowledge of such methods
is required.

The ideal candidate would have:
- knowledge of statistical approaches to NLP in general, and
to processing dialogue in particular
- knowledge of symbolic approaches, logics, theorem provers,
- experience with spoken dialogue systems
- knowledge of automatic speech recognition algorithms and
experience with existing implementations / packages
- good programming skills
- some teaching experience (there will be a light teaching load;
probably in the form of co-supervising diploma students working in
the project and participating in a project-related

As we are looking for two candidates, these qualifications can be
distributed over the candidates; i.e., one candidate might be stronger
on ASR/statistical methods and the other on theoretical dialogue

Candidates cannot be German nationals or have resided in Germany
during the last 3 years, due to restrictions imposed by the funding
program (FP6 Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge), which aims at
increasing the mobility of researchers (there are some exceptions;
please contact us if in doubt).

We offer
- a competitive salary with all benefits (including generous
travel allowances);
- a dynamic and international working environment (the Applied
Computational Linguistics Lab is a growing part of Linguistics in
Potsdam, which already is one of the largest linguistics
departments in Germany); and
- a nice living environment (Potsdam is a beautiful mid-sized
city just on the outskirts of Berlin, from where, if desired,
Potsdam is in easy commuting distance).

The project is scheduled to begin June 2005, but the positions
remain open until filled and reviewing of applications begins
immediately. To apply, please send (preferrably via email)
- a statement of research interests; and
- a cv, including details of research and teaching experience; and
- addresses of two referees
to Prof. Manfred Stede ( )

If you need further information, or if you are in doubt whether you
are eligible, please don't hesitate to contact (Manfred Stede)
or (David Schlangen).

Address for Applications:

Prof. Manfred Stede
Universitaet Potsdam, Institut fuer Linguistik
P.O. Box 601553
Potsdam 14415

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

Dr. David Schlangen
Phone: +49-331-977 2956

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