LINGUIST List 29.4218

Tue Oct 30 2018

Support: Computational Linguisitics: PhD, Saarland University

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 26-Oct-2018
From: Alexander Koller <>
Subject: Computational Linguisitics: PhD, Saarland University, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany
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Department: Department of Language Science and Technology
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Saarland University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


The Department of Language Science and Technology at Saarland University is pleased to invite applications for a PhD student position in the research group on Computational Linguistics (Prof. Dr. Alexander Koller). The preferred starting date is January 2019 or later.

The position will be part of the DFG project "Efficient statistical parsing and decoding for expressive grammar formalisms using tree automata". In this project, we take a unifying view on a variety of tasks in computational linguistics, including syntactic and semantic parsing and natural language generation. We develop efficient and accurate algorithms that can tackle all of these problems in a uniform manner, by interpreting abstract syntactic structures in different algebras. After completing a first project phase that focused on the use of tree automata for describing these abstract syntactic structures, we are currently primarily interested in supervised and semi-supervised neural methods.

The appointment will be made on the German TV-L E13 scale (75%). The starting salary of E13 75% is about 34,000 Euros per year and increases with experience. The contract will be initially limited until November 2021, and can be extended further.

A successful candidate should hold, or be about to complete, an MSc degree in computational linguistics, computer science, or a related discipline. Relevant expertise in the area of the project is desired. The applicant must be proficient in English (spoken and written).

About the department:
Saarland University is one of the leading centers for computational linguistics in Europe, and offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment. The Department of Language Science and Technology organizes about 100 research staff in ten research groups in the fields of computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech processing, and corpus linguistics (

The department participates in the Collaborative Research Center 1102 "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding" ( and is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction" ( It collaborates closely with top-ranked research institutions on the Saarland University campus, including the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and the Computer Science Department at Saarland University.

Our researchers and students come from all over the world, and our primary working language is English.

How to apply:
Please submit your application at the application link provided below.
Include a single PDF file with the following information:
- A statement of research interests that motivates why you are applying for this position and what your research plans are;
- A full CV including your list of publications;
- Scans of transcripts and academic degree certificates;
- The names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of two people who can provide letters of reference for you.

Priority will be given to applications received by November 11, 2018.

If you have further questions, please email Alexander Koller at the application provided below. Applications should NOT be emailed to this address, but submitted through the online form.

Applications Deadline: 11-Nov-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Alexander Koller

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Alexander Koller
        Dept:Department of Language Science and Technology

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