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LINGUIST List 19.3530

Wed Nov 19 2008

Jobs: Cognitive Science, Comp Linguistics: Other, Saarland University

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        1.    Matthew Crocker, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics: Other, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

Message 1: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics: Other, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Date: 18-Nov-2008
From: Matthew Crocker <crockercoli.uni-sb.de>
Subject: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics: Other, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
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University or Organization: Saarland University
Department: Computational Linguistics, Informatics
Job Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Web Address: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de
Job Rank: Junior Research Group

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Multimodal Computing and Interaction


The following positions are of direct relevance to computational linguists
and cognitive scientists interested in data-intensive text and speech
processing or multi-modal linguistic communication in virtual environments.

Saarland University is seeking to establish several Junior Research Groups
(W1/W2) within the recently established Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal
Computing and Interaction" which was established by the German Research
Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative.

The term "multimodal" describes the different types of digital information
such as text, speech, images, video, graphics, and high‐dimensional data,
and the way it is perceived and communicated, particularly through vision,
hearing, and human expression. The challenge is now to organize,
understand, and search this multimodal information in a robust, efficient
and intelligent way, and to create dependable systems that allow natural
and intuitive multimodal interaction. We are looking for highly motivated
young researchers with a background in the research areas of the cluster,
including algorithmic foundations, secure and autonomous networked systems,
open science web, information processing in the life sciences, visual
computing, large‐scale virtual environments, synthetic virtual characters,
text and speech processing and multimodal dialog systems. Additional
information on the Cluster of Excellence is available on our website. Group
leaders will receive junior faculty status at Saarland University,
including the right to supervise Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. students.
Positions are limited to five years.

Applicants for W1 positions (phase I of the program) must have completed an
outstanding Ph.D. Upon successful evaluation after two years, W1 group
leaders are eligible for promotion to W2. Direct applicants for W2
positions (phase II of the program) must have completed a postdoc stay and
must have demonstrated outstanding research potential and the ability to
successfully lead their own research group. Junior research groups are
equipped with a budget of 80k to 100k Euros per year to cover research
personnel and other costs.

Saarland University has leading departments in computer science and
computational linguistics, with more than 200 Ph.D. students working on
topics related to the cluster (see http://www.informatik-saarland.de for
additional information).

Candidates should submit their application (curriculum vitae, photograph,
list of publications, short research plan, copies of degree certificates,
copies of the five most important publications, list of five references) to
the coordinator of the cluster, Prof. Hans‐Peter Seidel, at the address
provided below. Please, also send your application as a single PDF file to
the application email below.

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2009, and applicants
are strongly encouraged to submit applications by that date; however,
applications will continue to be accepted until January 31, 2009. Final
decisions will be made following a candidate symposium that will be held
during March 9 - 13, 2009.

Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with
its policy of increasing the proportion of women in this type of
employment, the University actively encourages applications from women.

For candidates with equal qualification, preference will be given to people
with physical disabilities.

Application Deadline: 15-Jan-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Prof. Hans‐Peter Seidel
MPI for Computer Science
Campus E1.4
Saarbrücken 66123
Email Address for Applications: applicationsmmci.uni-saarland.de
Contact Information:
Prof. Matthew Crocker
Email: crockercoli.uni-sb.de

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