LINGUIST List 32.1568

Thu May 06 2021

Support: Phonetics: PhD, Universität Bielefeld

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 04-May-2021
From: Petra Wagner <>
Subject: Phonetics: PhD, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
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Department: Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, CITEC, Phonetics Work Group
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Universität Bielefeld

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Phonetics
Speech Technology


PhD Position Phonetics, starting July 1st, 2021 (E13, TV-L, non-permanent position)

Your Tasks:
Within the DFG funded project on “Deep speech representation learning for research in phonetics”, the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies offers a part-time position as researcher in phonetics (65 %). The Bielefeld phonetics work group is known for its research on spontaneous speech phenomena in interaction, prosody, multimodality and human-machine interaction. The Bielefeld research environment offers a stimulating environment for collaboration both within linguistics and across disciplines, and a wide range of options of further qualification.

Your research tasks (100 %) include:
- Research in the area of development and evaluation of a flexibly modifiable deep learning based speech synthesis
- Presentation of research results at workshops and conferences
- Publication of research results in scientific journals and high impact conferences
- Supervising student research assistants within project work

Your Profile:
We expect:
- Master Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area (e. g. phonetics, speech technology, computational linguistics, linguistics, computer science)
- Interest in state-of-the-art speech synthesis, basic phonetics research and its interdisciplinary interaction
- Knowledge in the analysis of speech with adequate tools
- Good English skills (written and oral)
- The ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
- Independent, self-reliant and dedicated style of work
- Strong organizational and coordination skills
- Strong communication skills
- Distinctive presentation and moderation skills

Preferable qualifications:
- Profound knowledge in statistics
- Prior experience in building and analysing perception experiments

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) sentence 1 of the WissZeitVG (fixed-term employment), the contract will end after 36 months. 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. The position is advertised as 65 % part-time job. In individual cases, this percentage may be reduced on request, as long as this does not conflict with official needs.

Bielefeld University is particularly committed to equal opportunities and 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 either post (see postal address below) or email (a single PDF document) sent to by May 27th, 2021. Please mark your application with the identification code: wiss21074. 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.

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Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Universität Bielefeld
        Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft Frau Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner
        P.O. Box: 10 01 31
        33501 Bielefeld

Contact Information:
        Name: Prof. Dr. Petra Wagner
        Phone: +49 521 106-3510

Page Updated: 06-May-2021