LINGUIST List 32.1994

Wed Jun 09 2021

Support: Phonetics: PhD, Universität Bielefeld

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 05-Jun-2021
From: Petra Wagner <>
Subject: Phonetics: PhD, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
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Department: Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Bielefeld

Duties: Research,Teaching

Specialty Areas: Phonetics


The Phonetics Work Group at Bielefeld University [1] offers a full time PhD position within the newly DFG-funded Transregional Collaborative Research Center „Constructing Explainability“ (TRR318) to work within the subproject on „Technically enabled explaining of speaker traits“ for a period of 4 years. The TRR318, which is carried out jointly by the universities of Paderborn and Bielefeld, investigates how algorithmic transparency can be fostered, in particular in the context of black-box models as used in state-of-the-art artificial intelligence systems. The central hypothesis of the research center is that explanations of algorithmic decisions are most efficient if they are constructed jointly (co-constructed) by the explainer and the explainee. The mechanisms of this co-construction will be investigated by an interdisciplinary consortium to lay the foundations for the sovereign and informed decision making by humans in their interaction with intelligent systems.

Duties: Research (90%), teaching (5%), administrative duties (5%)

The subproject C06 project investigates in an interdisciplinary fashion, how complex para- or extralinguistic voice characteristics can become more explicable both to phonetic experts as well as laypersons with the support of a sophisticated speech technological voice modification system.

The applicant will be expected to (1) interpret and model the speech signal output of a voice modification/conversion system in terms of acoustic-phonetic dimensions, (2) use the technical system as a support tool in explaining phonetic speaker traits characteristics to laypersons, and (3) provide feedback to engineers in the further development of the voice conversion system.

The candidate should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in phonetics, linguistics, clinical linguistics, computational linguistics, or speech technology, and should have a substantial background in speech signal analysis or speaker trait characterization as well as their statistical analysis. Prior knowledge or an interest in speech technology is particularly welcome. The candidate should have a basic knowledge of German, or be prepared to learn German.

The position will be available for 4 years, starting as soon as possible. All applications received until June 23, 2021 will receive full consideration. The salary is according to the German university payscale (TVL-13, 100%). To apply, please send a CV and a letter of motivation in a single pdf document to Petra Wagner,

For the official job advertisement in English, please visit the application link provided below.


Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner

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