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LINGUIST List 25.2501

Tue Jun 10 2014

Jobs: Comp Ling; Phonetics; Psycholing; Semantics; Text/Corpus Ling: Post Doc, Saarland University

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <alamontlinguistlist.org>

Date: 09-Jun-2014
From: Elke Teich <e.teichmx.uni-saarland.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
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University or Organization: Saarland University
Job Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Web Address: http://www.sfb1102.uni-saarland.de/jobs.php
Job Title: Postdoc positions

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


Description:

Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1102/Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 1102
“Information Density and Linguistic Encoding”
Saarland University, Germany

6 Post-doctoral positions available

The DFG-funded CRC Information Density and Linguistic Encoding (SFB 1102) is pleased to invite applications for a range of post-doctoral positions (there are also a number of PhD positions available: https://linguistlist.org/issues/25/25-2498.html). The CRC’s research projects jointly address the hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better understood in terms of the goal of speakers to modulate the amount of information conveyed in an utterance. More specifically, a wide range of linguistic, psycholinguistic and computational methods will be brought to bear in explaining the multitude of choices speakers make regarding when they encode their messages – from the choice of words, structuring of syntactic elements, and arranging sentences in discourse.

Processing linguistic material has been shown to be correlated with its contextually determined predictability and may be appropriately indexed by Shannon’s notion of information. The CRC investigates the hypothesis that (i) processing complexity is indexed by Surprisal across linguistic levels, and (ii) that variation in language use may be characterized by the optimal distribution of information across the linguistic signal.

The CRC includes 14 research projects drawing upon psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, diachronic sociolinguistics, phonetics, discourse and contrastive linguistics. We are seeking to recruit 6 Postdocs.

Dates:
- Application deadline: July 5, 2014
- Interviews: July 14-25, 2014
- Starting date: Oct 1, 2014

Employment requirements are a PhD. Note that we are happy to receive applications by people who have not yet finished their PhD by the time of application but will have submitted their thesis by the starting date or shortly thereafter. Applicants are requested to submit their application, together with an academic CV, a list of academic publications, copies of academic degree certificates and two potential references.

For details on the individual projects and positions see the application URL below. Applications must be sent directly to the lead PI of the particular project you wish to apply to. You may apply to more than one project/position - please indicate this in each of your applications by stating the relevant project and position number(s) and specifying an order of preference.

Saarland University offers a lively academic environment that is famous for its interdisciplinary research in language and computation. In CRC 1102, we entertain active collaborative links with the Department of Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as well as the Cluster of Excellence Multimodal Computing and Interaction (M2CI: http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/).

Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women are strongly encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.

Application Deadline: 05-Jul-2014

Web Address for Applications: http://www.sfb1102.uni-saarland.de/jobs.php
Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Elke Teich
Email: e.teichmx.uni-saarland.de

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