LINGUIST List 31.2108

Mon Jun 29 2020

Support: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Computational linguistics: PhD, University of Jena

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 29-Jun-2020
From: Diana Forker <>
Subject: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Computational linguistics: PhD, University of Jena, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Jena

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics


The interdisciplinary research project ''Global knowledge transfer and translocal paradoxes'' at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites applications for a doctoral fellowship (3 years).

The doctoral fellow is expected to make a significant contribution to the research programme of the centre as specified below, and to write a dissertation on a relevant topic.

The linguistic subproject on ''Transfer of linguistic technologies and resources'' focuses on the transfer from high resource languages to low resource languages. This concerns the creation of linguistic corpora of smaller national languages using computer-aided methods (e.g. automated structural and semantic annotations, automatic translation), e.g. in the context of political discourse. In cooperation with other sub-projects, interdisciplinary, comparative corpus-based case studies on topics such as ''digitalization'', ''freedom'' or ''pandemic management'' will be carried out, for instance using topic modeling and sentiment analysis.

Tasks and deliverables:
- PhD dissertation
- Creation of annotated corpora of low resource languages
- Training of annotation and translation models for these languages
- Interdisciplinary case studies on topics that are of interest to the research centre
- Participation in the preparation of funding applications

- Degree in general or computational linguistics, or the linguistics of a specific language
- Experience with work on multilingual corpora (annotation and analysis)
- Experience with word embeddings
- Experience with semantic text modeling (e.g. topic modeling, sentiment analysis)
- Solid knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. Java, Python, R)
- Experience with version control systems
- Interest in research data management (e.g. reproducibility, FAIRness)

Applications should include a CV, a sample of written work, an exposé for a PhD project and (optionally) letters of reference.

Please send your applications by email to

If you have any questions concerning the application, please get in touch with or

Project summary: ''Global knowledge transfer and translocal paradoxes''
Globalisation is generally seen as both a cause and a consequence of increasing spatial mobility. This mobility involves various forms of transfer: the transfer of knowledge and norms in socio-cultural life as well as science and technology. The aim of the project is to analyse such global exchange processes. It will examine their conditions and consequences as well as the actors involved, in current and historical terms, from a conceptual and empirical perspective. The main focus is on the manifold tensions and paradoxes associated with cultural and regional differentiation on the one hand, and global connectedness on the other. Two types of paradoxes will figure centrally: (i) those that arise as a result of the (often asymmetrical) exchange processes between regional and cultural spaces; and (ii) those that arise within such spaces or societies as a result of said processes.

Applications Deadline: 20-Jul-2020

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Diana Forker
        Jenergasse 8
        Jena 07743

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Diana Forker

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