LINGUIST List 30.1769

Thu Apr 25 2019

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Bielefeld University

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Date: 19-Apr-2019
From: Philipp Cimiano <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Bielefeld University, Germany
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University or Organization: Bielefeld University
Department: Semantic Computing Group
Job Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Research Associate

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Computational Semantics; Machine Learning


The Semantic Computing Group [1] at Bielefeld University [2] has an open position as „associate researcher“ (PhD or postdoc level) in the area of deep semantic natural language processing (NLP). The group follows an inter- and multidisciplinary approach to representing, capturing and acquiring meaning and knowledge with a focus on NLP and ML methods.

The candidate is expected to contribute to several of the following research lines of the group:
- Development of semantic parsing methods for the prediction of semantic representations for natural language sentences
- Exploitation of background knowledge in knowledge graphs or other knowledge resources for NLP, in particular information extraction
- Development of learning methods in the areas of Machine Reading and Question Answering
- Development of approaches for unsupervised or semi-supervised knowledge acquisition for NLP
- Development of methods for grounded NLP (e. g. Visual Question Answering)

Your Profile:
We expect:
- University degree (Master or Diploma) in a relevant field
- Advanced knowledge of machine learning methods, in particular but not limited to deep learning or advanced knowledge of natural language processing methods
- Expertise with problems in the area of natural language processing: question answering, machine reading, information extraction
- Knowledge in the area of semantics, in particular compositional and/or formal semantics
- Strong analytical and conceptual skills
- Communicative, organized and efficient style of working
- Good English skills (oral and written)

The following qualifications are a plus:
- PhD in a relevant field (computer science, computational linguistics etc.)
- Advanced knowledge in the area of compositional semantics (DRT, Lambda-Calculus) as well as syntax-semantics interface

Salary will be paid according to Remuneration level 13 of the Wage Agreement for Public Service in the Federal States (TV-L). As stipulated in § 2 (1) of the WissZeitVG (fixed-term employment), the contract will end after two years. In accordance with the provisions of the WissZeitVG and the Agreement on Satisfactory Conditions of Employment, the length of contract may differ in individual cases. The employment is designed to encourage further academic qualification. In principle, these full-time position may be changed into a part-time position, as long as this does not conflict with official needs. The salary roughly amounts to 3.500 - 4.000 EUR per month depending on social status, experience etc.

Bielefeld University is particularly committed to the career development of its employees. It offers attractive internal and external training and further training programmes. Employees have the opportunity to use a variety of health, counselling, and prevention programmes. Bielefeld University places great importance on a work-family balance for all its employees.

Application Procedure:
For full consideration, your application should be received via email (a single PDF) document sent to the application email provided below by the 13th of May 2019. Please mark your application with the identification code wiss19070. Please do not use application portfolios and send only photocopies of original documents because all application materials will be destroyed at the end of the selection procedure. Further information on Bielefeld University can be found on our homepage at Interviews will be done from mid may on.



Application Deadline: 17-May-2019
Mailing Address for Applications:
Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano

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