LINGUIST List 27.4546

Tue Nov 08 2016

Support: English; German; Computational Lingusitics; Semantics / Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 07-Nov-2016
From: Ines Rehbein <>
Subject: English; German; Computational Lingusitics; Semantics: PhD, Leibniz ScienceCampus, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Leibniz ScienceCampus

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)


The Institute for German Language (IDS) and the Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) at Heidelberg University aim to fill one position for a doctoral researcher.

We invite applications for a PhD position in one of the following
research themes:

- Semantic Role Labelling
- Semantic Parsing
- Linking to / enrichment of semantic knowledge bases

The doctoral researcher position will be part of a research group led by Prof. Dr. Anette Frank and Dr. Ines Rehbein that is part of the Leibniz Science Campus ''Empirical Linguistics and Computational Language Modeling (LiMo)'', a collaborative research project established by the Institute
for the German Language (Institut für Deutsche Sprache, IDS) in Mannheim and the Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) at Heidelberg University.

For more details on the Leibniz ScienceCampus, see

Salary is based on the German civil service payscale (TV-L 13, 66%). The position is offered initially until the end of the current project phase, which is August 2019. There is the possibility of continuing funds to ensure completion of the PhD within 3 years.

Responsibilities for the doctoral researchers include research within the Leibniz ScienceCampus, publishing in leading conferences within the topics of their respective areas (supported by a supervisor), and preparing a doctoral thesis within the allotted timeframe. Teaching activity in ICL's computational linguistics study program is welcome but not compulsory.


- Master-level degree in computational linguistics or computer science, with a competitive grade
- Ability to work independently on scientific topics, as well as the willingness to be part of an open and dynamic team of researchers
- Good programming skills in a mainstream programming language (Java, Python or C++)
- Good written and spoken communication skills in English
- Good knowledge of German is an advantage (B1/B2 level and a commitment to reach C1 within the first year)

Doctoral researchers in the Leibniz ScienceCampus will be affiliated with the Graduate Academy of the University of Heidelberg. The candidates may participate in the joint doctoral program of ICL and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS gGmbH) as well as the research training group (Graduiertenkolleg) AIPHES. They will benefit from regular tutorials by invited speakers, as well as external training at summer schools.

Application documents and application deadline:

Please provide the following application documents, exclusively in electronic form (pdf):

- A letter of motivation and areas of interest relating to the posted topics
- A CV, including information on research interests and scientific experience
- Degree certificates with a Transcript of Records
- Your M.A. thesis or a representative term paper or publication

Use the following email address when applying:

For further inquiries regarding the positions, please contact Prof. Frank and Dr. Rehbein, also at

The position will be open until filled. Applications received by Friday, December 9th will receive full consideration.

IDS Mannheim and the University of Heidelberg seek to increase the proportion of qualified women in academic staff and strongly encourage women to submit applications. The reconciliation of job and family is especially supported by IDS and Heidelberg University. Handicapped
persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Applications Deadline: 09-Dec-2016

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Ines Rehbein
        Im Neuenheimer Feld 325
        Heidelberg 69120

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Ines Rehbein

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