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Thu Nov 12 2009

Jobs: Lang & Speech Processing: Research Group Leader, Saarland U

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        1.    Caroline Sporleder, Language and Speech Processing: Research Group Leader, Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University, Germany

Message 1: Language and Speech Processing: Research Group Leader, Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University, Germany
Date: 11-Nov-2009
From: Caroline Sporleder <csporledcoli.uni-saarland.de>
Subject: Language and Speech Processing: Research Group Leader, Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University, Germany
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University or Organization: Cluster of Excellence, Saarland University
Department: Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI)
Job Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Web Address: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/
Job Rank: Research Group Leader

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Language and Speech Processing


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

The term 'multimodal' describes the different types of digital information,
e.g. 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 to organize, understand,
and search this 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 dialogue systems. Group leaders will receive
junior faculty status at Saarland University, including the right to
supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD students. Positions are limited to five

Applicants for W1 positions (phase I of the program) must have completed an
outstanding PhD. 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
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

Saarland University has leading departments in computer science and
computational linguistics, with more than 200 PhD students working on
topics related to the cluster (see http://www.informatik-saarland.de for
additional information). The German Excellence Initiative recently awarded
multi-million grants to the Cluster of Excellence 'Multimodal Computing and
Interaction' as well as to the 'Saarbr├╝cken Graduate School of Computer
Science'. An important factor to this success were the close ties to the
Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the German Research Center for
Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Max Planck Institute for Software
Systems which are co-located on the same campus.

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
below. Please, also send your application as a single PDF file to

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2010, and applicants
are strongly encouraged to submit applications by that date; however,
applications will continue to be accepted until January 31, 2010. Final
decisions will be made following a candidate symposium that will be held
during March 8-12, 2010.

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: 31-Jan-2010
Mailing Address for Applications:
Prof. Hans-Peter Seidel
MPI for Computer Science
Campus E1 4
Saarbruecken, Saarland 66123
Email Address for Applications: applicationsmmci.uni-saarland.de
Contact Information:
Prof. Manfred Pinkal
Email: pinkalcoli.uni-saarland.de

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