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Wed Dec 22 2010

Jobs: NLP: Junior Research Group Leader, Saarland University

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        1.     Manfred Pinkal , Natural Language Processing: Junior Research Group Leader, Saarland University, Germany

Message 1: Natural Language Processing: Junior Research Group Leader, Saarland University, Germany
Date: 20-Dec-2010
From: Manfred Pinkal <pinkalcoli.uni-sb.de>
Subject: Natural Language Processing: Junior Research Group Leader, Saarland University, Germany
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University or Organization: Saarland University
Department: Cluster of Excellence MMCI
Job Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Web Address: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/
Job Rank: Junior Research Group Leader

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Natural Language Processing


Saarland University is seeking to establish several Junior Research Groups
(W1/W2) within the Cluster of Excellence 'Multimodal Computing and
Interaction' (MMCI) (see http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/) which was
established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of
the 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.

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 years.

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
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 PhD students working on
topics related to the cluster (see http://www.informatik-saarland.de). The
German Excellence Initiative recently awarded multi-million grants to the
Cluster of Excellence MMCI 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 and list of five references)
to Conny Liegl, Cluster of Excellence, Campus E1 7, 66123 Saarbr├╝cken,
Germany. Please, also send your application as a single PDF file to

The review of applications will begin on January 31, 2011, and applicants
are strongly encouraged to submit applications by that date; however,
applications will continue to be accepted until February 18, 2011. Final
decisions will be made following a candidate symposium that will be held in
the week of March 21 -25, 2011.

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: 18-Feb-2011
Mailing Address for Applications:
Conny Liegl
Saarland University, Cluster of Excellence, Campus E1 7
Saarbruecken 66123
Email Address for Applications: applicationsmmci.uni-saarland.de
Contact Information:
Prof. Manfred Pinkal
Email: pinkalcoli.uni-sb.de
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