LINGUIST List 31.2665

Wed Aug 26 2020

Support: Computational Linguistics: PhD, University of Potsdam

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 26-Aug-2020
From: Manfred Stede <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD, University of Potsdam, Germany
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Institution/Organization: University of Potsdam
Department: Applied Computational Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


Conditional on the formal funding decision, there is an opening for a PhD
student position at University of Potsdam (Germany) in the field of Applied
Computational Linguistics / Discourse Research Lab (headed by Prof. Manfred
Stede). It is part of the BMBF cooperative project "Adaptive AI-supported
Learning Assistant", which has research partners in machine learning and
education science, as well as a commercial application partner.

The position is available from February 01, 2021; it can be either full-time
or split into two half-time positions. The salary is determined by the
collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost).
The duration of the contract is for three years.

The overall goal of the project is to develop a prototypical system that
assists a teacher in selecting and evaluating small learning tasks for
individual students. For some of these, students' responses may be short
texts, and they are to receive suitable feedback on their answers. The
prototype will be restricted to a range of subject areas and topics (to be
defined with the partners). The object language is German. The Potsdam
subproject deals with answer analysis and feedback production. Candidates thus
should be experienced in robust text analysis and/or template-based text
generation, have a working knowledge of German, and ideally have built
software in client-server architectures (web services, REST etc.). An MSc
degree in Computational Linguistics or Computer Science (with solid NLP
knowledge) is necessary.

The candidate will have the following tasks in the project:
- Design and implement a module for analyzing short text responses,
- Design and implement a module for feedback generation,
- Participate in defining the interfaces with the partners,
- Support the coordination of the project.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability.
The University of Potsdam strives to increase the proportion of women in
research and teaching and specifically encourages female applicants to apply
for this position.

Position is open until filled. Applications will be evaluated starting
September 15, 2020.

Questions about the project or the lab can be directed to Prof. Stede at the
contact information provided below.

Questions on formalities and applications (statement of research interest, CV,
transcripts/degree certificates, list of publications/code repositories (if
any), references) should be sent to Ms. Esslinger:
(please mention "AKILAS" in the subject line)

Application Deadline: 15-Sep-2020 (Open until filled)

Contact Information:
Prof Manfred Stede

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