LINGUIST List 30.1958

Wed May 08 2019

Support: Phonetics: PhD, Saarland University

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 06-May-2019
From: Jürgen Trouvain <>
Subject: Phonetics: PhD, Saarland University, Germany
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Department: Language Science and Technology
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Saarland University

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Phonetics


Two PhD Positions in Computational Linguistics or Phonetics or Speech Science

We are pleased to announce the availability of two PhD positions in the Language Science and Technology department at Saarland University in a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The three-year project is entitled "Pause-internal phonetic particles" and is directed by Jürgen Trouvain and Bernd Möbius. Its focus is on the production and perception of vocalisations such as breath noises and tongue clicks typically found in speech pauses. Research in the project will be based on corpus analyses and production and perception experiments and develop pause models for speech synthesis.

The successful candidates should have a Master's degree in Computational Linguistics or Phonetics or Speech Science, or a related discipline. A good command of English is mandatory. Working knowledge of German is desirable but not a prerequisite. Candidates must have completed their Master studies by the time of the appointment. We are happy to consider applicants who have not yet finished their MA/MSc by the time of application but will have submitted their thesis by the starting date. Both contracts are funded for three years at a 65% salary on the German TV-L 13 scale.

The doctoral researchers will join a vibrant community of speech and language researchers at Saarland University whose expertise spans areas such as computational linguistics, psycho-linguistics, language and speech technology, speech science, theoretical and corpus linguistics, computer science, and psychology. Saarland University offers a lively academic environment for phonetics research. The department of Language Science and Technology is one of the leading departments in speech and language in Europe, with approximately 50 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. The flagship project at the moment is the Collaborative Research Centre on Information Density and Linguistic Encoding. It also runs a significant number of European and nationally funded projects.

Applicants with a degree in Phonetics, Computational Linguistics, Spoken Language Processing, Speech Technology, or related fields, are encouraged to submit a full CV (including transcripts and copies of certificates, as well as two references) and a sample of written academic work, accompanied by a cover letter, to trouvain[at] and moebius[at] Review of applications will begin on June 3, 2019, and will continue until the suitable candidates are found.

Dr. Jürgen Trouvain and Prof. Bernd Möbius

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        Dr Jürgen Trouvain

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