LINGUIST List 26.5548

Mon Dec 14 2015

Support: German; Computational Linguistics; Semantics / Germany

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 14-Dec-2015
From: Anette Frank <>
Subject: German; Computational Linguistics; Semantics, PhD, DFG Research Training School AIPHES, Germany
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Department: TU Darmstadt and Heidelberg University
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: DFG Research Training School AIPHES

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Required Language(s): German (deu)


The DFG Research Training Group "Adaptive Information Preparation from Heterogeneous Sources" (AIPHES)

jointly run by the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)

is filling a doctoral research position for three years, starting as soon as possible:

PhD-level Researcher in Computational Linguistics

The position provides the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree with emphasis on the guiding theme A2: Identification of complex events in discourse.

The position is paid according to the E13 public service pay scale, at 66% of a full-time equivalent.

The goal of AIPHES is to conduct innovative research on multi-document summarization in a cross-disciplinary context. To that end, methods in computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine learning, network analysis, and automated quality assessment will be developed. AIPHES will investigate a novel summarization scenario for information preparation from heterogeneous sources.

The guiding theme "identification of complex event structures in discourse" aims to identify event structures ("who did what to whom") and relations that connect them in discourse, as a basis for content selection in multi-document summarization (MDS). Within this setting, the identification of events can exploit cross-document techniques. Special attention will be paid to events in heterogeneous document sources stemming from different genres and domains.

More information is found at AIPHES:

Participating research groups at the Technische Universität Darmstadt are Knowledge Engineering (Prof. Fürnkranz), Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (Prof. Gurevych, Dr. Eckle Kohler), Algorithmics (Prof. Weihe), Language Technology (Prof. Biemann). Participants at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg are the Institute for Computational Linguistics (Prof. Frank) and the Natural Language Processing Group (Prof. Strube) of Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

Cooperating partners are the Institute for Communication and Media of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and other partners in the area of online media.

AIPHES emphasizes close contact between students and their advisors, has regular joint meetings, co-supervision by professors and younger scientists in the research groups, and an intensive exchange as part of the research and qualification program. The training group has the goal of publishing its results at leading scientific conferences and actively supports its doctoral researchers in this endeavor.

We are looking for an exceptionally qualified candidate with a degree in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, or a related study program. We expect ability to work independently, personal commitment, team and communication abilities, as well as the willingness to cooperate in a multi-disciplinary team. Desirable is experience in scientific work. Applicants should be able to work with German-language texts, and, if necessary, to acquire German language skills during the training program. We specifically invite applications of women. Among equally qualified candidates, handicapped applicants will receive preferential consideration. International applications are particularly encouraged.

Interviews may start any time. The position is open until filled.

For submitting applications, please refer to the instructions at

Applications Deadline: 16-Jan-2016

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Anette Frank

Contact Information:
        Anette Frank
        TU Darmstadt and Heidelberg University

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