LINGUIST List 29.756

Fri Feb 16 2018

Support: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: PhD, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 15-Feb-2018
From: Laura Kallmeyer <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: PhD, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
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Department: Institut für Sprache und Information
Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics


The Department for Computational Linguistics of the Heinrich Heine
University Duesseldorf, Germany, invites applications for a PhD
position in Linguistics/Computational Linguistics (German scale
TV-L E13 65%).

The position starts in July 2018 and ends in June 2022. The candidate
will pursue a PhD project on theoretical and implementational aspects
of grammar development as part of the ERC project TreeGraSP
( lead by Prof. Dr. Laura Kallmeyer.

The TreeGraSP project aims at combining rich linguistic theory with
data-driven approaches to large scale statistical grammar induction
and to semantic parsing. The novelty of its approach consists in
putting semantics at the center of grammar theory, putting an emphasis
on multilinguality and typological diversity, and adopting a
constructional approach to grammar by using tree-based grammar
frameworks such as Tree Adjoining Grammars (TAG) and Role and
Reference Grammar (RRG).

The PhD project will be primarily concerned with the formalization of
Role and Reference Grammar and with the implementation of selected
grammar fragments from typologically diverse languages. The project
will be co-supervised by Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. (State University of
New York at Buffalo/Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf).

Job requirements and qualifications:
- Master’s degree in Linguistics or Computational Linguistics
- Good background in grammar theory (morphology, syntax, semantics)
- Familiarity with formal methods in linguistics
- Proficiency of English (knowledge of German is not a prerequisite)

Not mandatory but a plus:
- Working knowledge of languages in addition to German or English
- Programming skills

Applications should include:
- Cover letter outlining interest in the position
- Names of two referees
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publications (if applicable)
- Copy of MA degree

For further questions, please send an email to

Applications should be sent in electronic form to

To be fully considered, applications must be received by
March, 2nd, 2018.

Applications Deadline: 02-Mar-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Laura Kallmeyer

Contact Information:
        Laura Kallmeyer
        Dept:Institut für Sprache und Information
        Phone:+49 211 81 13899

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