LINGUIST List 29.411

Wed Jan 24 2018

Support: Computational Linguistics: PhD, TU Darmstadt/Heidelberg University

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 23-Jan-2018
From: Anette Frank <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD, TU Darmstadt/Heidelberg University, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: TU Darmstadt/Heidelberg University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


PhD positions in DFG Graduate School AIPHES: Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics
The Research Training Group “Adaptive Information Preparation from Heterogeneous Sources” (AIPHES) [1] at Technische Universität Darmstadt and Heidelberg University is filling several positions for three years, starting as soon as possible. Positions remain open until filled.

The positions provide the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree within research areas of the group, e.g., in opinion and sentiment, in constructing structured summaries of complex contents, in content selection and classification enhanced by reasoning, or a related area. The group is located in Darmstadt and Heidelberg. Funding follows the guidelines of the DFG, the positions are paid according to the E13 public service pay scale.
The goal of AIPHES is to conduct innovative research in knowledge acquisition on the Web in a cross-disciplinary context, applying methods in computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine learning, network analysis, computer vision, and automated quality assessment. AIPHES investigates a novel scenario for information preparation from heterogeneous sources. In-depth knowledge in one of the above areas is desirable but not a prerequisite.

Participating research groups at Technische Universität Darmstadt are Knowledge Engineering (Prof. Fürnkranz), Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (Prof. Gurevych), Machine Learning (Prof. Kersting), Visual Inference (Prof. Roth), Algorithmics (Prof. Weihe). Participants at Heidelberg University are the Institute for Computational Linguistics (Prof. Frank) and the Natural Language Processing Group (Prof. Strube) of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).


We are looking for exceptionally qualified candidates with a degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, 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 willing 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 those equally qualified, handicapped applicants will receive preferential consideration. International applications are particularly encouraged.

The Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt [2] is regularly ranked among the top ones in respective rankings of German universities. The Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) of the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg [3] is one of the largest centers for computational linguistics both in Germany and internationally. The ICL and the NLP department of the HITS jointly run the graduate program “Semantic Processing” [4], which has a close connection to topics within AIPHES.

Applications should include a motivational letter that refers to one or two of the planned research areas of AIPHES [1], a CV with information about the applicant’s scientific work, certifications of study and work experience, as well as a thesis or other publications in electronic form.
Application materials must be submitted via the
following form by February 11th, 2018:

Applicants should be prepared to solve a programming and a reviewing task within two weeks after their application.
[1] (Guiding Themes A3, B1, B2)

Applications Deadline: 11-Feb-2018

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Anette Frank

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