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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics Text/Corpus Linguistics, Contrastive Linguistics
Application Deadline: 05-Jul-2014
Supporting Institution: Saarland University
LL Issue: 25.2498
Posted: 10-Jun-2014
Support Description: DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1102/Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 1102 “Information Density and Linguistic Encoding” at Saarland University, Germany, welcomes applications for a wide range of PhD and post-doctoral positions (please check the Job announcement for the details on how to apply for the post-doctoral positions:

The CRC includes 14 research projects drawing upon psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, diachronic sociolinguistics, phonetics, discourse and contrastive linguistics. We are seeking to recruit 16 PhD students. The interviews will be held on July 14-25, 2014. The starting date of the PhD positions is Oct 1, 2014.

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.

- All applicants should posses MA/MSc. Note that we are happy to receive applications by people who have not yet finished their MA/MSc by the time of application but will have submitted their thesis by the starting date or shortly thereafter.

How to apply:
Applicants are requested to submit their application, together with:
- an academic curriculum vitae (CV);
- a list of academic publications;
- copies of academic degree certificates;
- two potential references.
For details on the individual projects and positions see: Applications must be sent directly to the lead PI of the particular project that students wish to apply to. Applicants may apply to more than one project/position - in such case, they should indicate this in each of their applications by stating the relevant project and position number(s) and specifying an order of preference.

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

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:
Application Mailing Address: Elke Teich Campus A2.2 Saarbruecken 66041 Germany
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Prof. Elke Teich