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Job Announcement: Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS)

English; German; Computational Linguistics; Pragmatics; Computational Semantics; Discourse Semantics: Post Doc Researcher, Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, Germany

Employer: Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS)
Job Location: Berlin, Germany
Title: Computational linguist with specialisation on dialogue systems
Rank: Post Doc
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Computational semantics; Discourse semantics
Language Specialty: English
LL Issue: 24.738
Date Submitted: 08-Feb-2013
Job Description: The Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS), Berlin, Germany, invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher specializing in computational linguistics with expertise in developing dialogue systems with a starting date of June 1st, 2013, or soon thereafter.

The position will be part of a research project funded by the German Research Foundation on "Pragmatic Requirements for Answer Generation in a Sales Dialogue" (PRAGSales; Principal Investigators: Anton Benz, ZAS, and Ralf Klabunde, University of Bochum). The goal of the project is to model three interacting pragmatic aspects of utterance generation between an artificial consultant and human customers: the use of rhetorical relations, framing effects, and implicatures. The key innovative aspect of this project is the application of game theoretic methods to the generation of pragmatically optimal answers. Recent years saw the development of theoretical models. The implementation should help to further refine these models, and to test the sustainability of their theoretical assumptions.

The applicant should have:
- Interest to work with game theoretic methods in pragmatics;
- Solid experience with developing complete dialogue systems;
- Knowledge of both statistical and rule-based methods for natural language processing;
- Solid programming skills;
- Ability to work independently and self-motivated;

Basic knowledge of German is considered necessary, and applicants with good command of German will be given preference. Further, knowledge of discourse semantics and/or computational semantics is an advantage.

The salary is figured according to the union contract named TVöD E13. The period of employment will be for 36 months. The project PRAGSales is partly located at the ZAS, and partly at the University of Bochum. It is conducted under the joint supervision of Anton Benz (ZAS) and Ralf Klabunde (University of Bochum). The place of employment for the current position is Berlin, Germany. It will be affiliated to the semantics-pragmatics group at the ZAS.

Applications should include CV, an outline of research experience, as well as names and addresses of up to three references. Applications should be sent by email to the application email address below. The position will be open starting June 1, 2013. Applications received by March 15, 2013 will receive full consideration, although interviews may start at any time and will continue until the position has been filled.

Disabled applicants will be preferred if they have the same qualifications as non-disabled applicants. The Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) is a leading research centre in the field of theoretical and experimental linguistics, and strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and therefore encourages qualified female scientists to apply.

Further information can be found at the application website address below.

You are welcome to seek further information by contacting Anton Benz via e-mail address below.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
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Contact Information: Anton  Benz
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