LINGUIST List 21.2669

Mon Jun 21 2010

Support: Comp Ling, Psycholing: PhD Student, Saarland U., Germany

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        1.    Vera Demberg, Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Message 1: Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany
Date: 21-Jun-2010
From: Vera Demberg <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany
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Institution/Organization: Saarland University Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Natural Language Processing /Computational Psycholinguistics at the new junior research group headed by VeraDemberg. The research will investigate the impact that discourse effects such asdiscourse cues ('only', 'therefore', 'however'), referring expressions etc. haveon human processing difficulty and the ability to remember information. Theproject includes both experimental research using methods such as eye-trackingor EEG and computational work using machine learning and probabilistic modeling.

Saarland University is a European leader in Computer Science research andteaching, and is especially renowned for its research in ComputationalLinguistics and Natural Language Processing. The newly established group is apart of the interdisciplinary MMCI Cluster of Excellence formed in partnershipwith top-ranked research institutions located on the Saarland University campus:Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Max Planck Institute for Software Systemsand German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Researchers comefrom all over the world and the research language is English.

The ideal candidate for the PhD position should have a masters degree incomputational linguistics, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, computerscience (with an interest in cognition and linguistics) or a related field. Astrong academic record, excellent analytical skills and a clear aptitude forautonomous, creative research will be priority selection criteria. The candidateshould have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

The salary and social benefits are according to Germany's public sector TV-L E13scale. PhD researchers will be employed part-time, and will have the opportunityof pursuing a doctoral degree at Saarland University.

The applications should include: - CV - brief statement of research interests - 2-3 references (with email and phone number) - academic transcript - list of publications (if any) - a copy of your master thesis or a term project

Applications (preferably, in a single PDF file) and inquiries should be directedby email to:Vera Demberg,

The position is open until filled. Applications received before August 1st willreceive full consideration. If you are going to ACL 2010 in Uppsala, please letme know. The starting date is Oct 1, 2010 or later (negotiable).

Saarland University wishes to increase the proportion of women in research andstrongly encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Priority will be givento disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications.

Some relevant links:

- MMCI Cluster of Excellence

- Psycholinguistics at Saarland University

- Computational Linguistics and Phonetics at Saarland University

- Saarbruecken

Applications Deadline: 01-Aug-2010

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Vera Demberg        applications in single pdf by email only (        Saarbruecken 66123        Germany

Contact Information:         Vera Demberg        Phone:0044 7758 784986

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