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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics Statistical Natural Language Processing, Computer Science
Application Deadline: 27-Jun-2014
Supporting Institution: University of Potsdam
Department of Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.2382
Posted: 02-Jun-2014
Support Description: The University of Potsdam, Germany, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics is seeking a candidate to fill the following position: Academic Staff Member (PhD student); Requisition No.: 120/2014

The position will be part of the new DFG-funded project 'Efficient statistical parsing and decoding for expressive grammar formalisms using tree automata” (along with a second position for a post-doc). This project applies methods from automata theory to statistical parsing with grammar formalisms that are more expressive than Probabilistic Context-Free Grammars (PCFGs).

Duties and Responsibilities:
The project will be carried out at the University of Potsdam in close cooperation with Prof. Mark Johnson (Macquarie University) and Dr. Marco Kuhlmann (Linköping University), and will involve regular research visits to Australia and Sweden.

The position is for 30 hours per week. The salary scale is 13 TVL (Area East, 75%).

Requirements
A successful candidate is expected to:
- hold or be about to obtain an MSc degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, or a related
field;
- already have some background in Statistical Natural Language Processing (NLP) or Automata Theory,
and be a competent Java programmer.

Applications will be processed immediately. Work should ideally start no later than October 2014. The positions are limited to three years.

How to apply:
Please send your application (including the requisition number 120/2014) via email by 27 June 2014 to Prof. Alexander Koller at koller Linguist List ling.uni-potsdam.de
or by mail to
University of Potsdam,
Department of Linguistics,
Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller,
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25, 14476
Potsdam, Germany.

The computational linguistics group in Potsdam is part of the Department of Linguistics and the university's designated Area of Excellence in Cognitive Sciences. It provides a dynamic and international research environment and maintains close ties with the departments of Computer Science and Psychology. The department offers a BSc in Computational Linguistics, and an MSc in Cognitive Systems, which is taught in English and covers Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

The city of Potsdam is the historical residence of the Prussian kings and the German emperors. It is part of the Berlin metropolitan area, one of the cultural and scientific capitals of the world. The city of Berlin is within commuting distance, and many researchers and students choose to live there. The region offers a high quality of urban life at very modest living costs.

The University of Potsdam strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and specifically encourages female applicants to apply for these positions. Additionally, applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal suitability.
Application Mailing Address: Prof. Alexander Koller Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25 Potsdam 14476 Germany
Contact Information: Prof. Alexander Koller koller@ling.uni-potsdam.de