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Wed Jul 06 2011

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: PhD Students, Heidelberg University

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        1.     Sebastian Pado , Computational Linguistics: PhD Students, Heidelberg University, Germany

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: PhD Students, Heidelberg University, Germany
Date: 05-Jul-2011
From: Sebastian Pado <padocl.uni-heidelberg.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD Students, Heidelberg University, Germany
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University or Organization: Heidelberg University
Department: Institute of Computational Linguistics
Job Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Web Address: http://www.cl.uni-heidelberg.de
Job Rank: PhD Students

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


PhD scholarships in Computational Linguistics: 'Semantics beyond the
sentence' (Date: July 5th 2011, Deadline: July 31st)

We are soliciting applications for 5 PhD scholarships (EUR 1310 per month,
tax-free) within the research initiative 'Coherence in Language Processing:
Semantics Beyond the Sentence'. They are associated with the Graduate
Program 'Semantic Processing', jointly organized by the Computational
Linguistics Department (ICL) at Heidelberg University [1] and the NLP Group
at HITS gGmbH [2] in Heidelberg, Germany. The scholarships are available
from October 1st, 2011, and will run three years (dependent on positive
evaluations after the first and second years).

The goal of the research initiative 'Coherence in Language Processing:
Semantics Beyond the Sentence' is to investigate computational models of
semantic phenomena at the discourse level by (a) analysing semantic
phenomena at the discourse level and represent them; (b) using these
representations to improve semantic analysis; (c) evaluating (a) and (b) in
NLP applications, including SMT. See [3] for details.

Candidates should have a strong background in computational linguistics and
possess a Masters or a Diploma degree in either Computational Linguistics
or Computer Science/Linguistics with a specialization in Natural Language
Processing. Experience with machine learning, corpus-based methods and
statistics is a plus. Strong programming skills (Java, C++, or Python) are

Scholarship holders will become members of the graduate program 'Semantic
Processing' [4]. They will participate in a PhD colloquium and may attend
lectures at the university and the Heidelberg Graduate School 'MathComp'
[5]. The graduate program provides a lively research environment with about
ten PhD students already enrolled. Interdisciplinary research links exist
to computer science, linguistics, and other disciplines.

Applications should include a research statement indicating the candidates'
interests and plans (which should fall into the area outlined above),
university transcripts and a CV. They should also indicate a preference for
a primary supervisor matching their plans (Anette Frank, Sebastian Pado,
Stefan Riezler, Michael Strube). For more details, see the links below.

Please send your application, including all documents, as a single PDF file
before **July 31st 2011** to:
Anke Sopka & Corinna Schwarz
Sekretariat Computerlinguistik

Questions should be sent to Sebastian Pado, padocl.uni-heidelberg.de

[1] ICL
[2] HITS
[3] Research Initiative Discourse Semantics
[4] Graduate Program Semantic Processing
[5] Heidelberg Graduate School in Mathematical
and Computational Methods for the Sciences

Application Deadline: 31-Jul-2011

Email Address for Applications: sekretariatcl.uni-heidelberg.de
Contact Information:
Sebastian Pado
Email: padocl.uni-heidelberg.de

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