Friday, October 3, 2008

Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Potsdam, Germany

We invite applications for the position of a Research Assistant / PhD student to
work within the Dialogue Group at the Department of Linguistics, University of
Potsdam, Germany. The position is initially for one year, with the possibility
of extension for an additional two years.

The successful applicant will work in the context of the project “InPro:
Incrementality and Projection in Dialogue Processing’, which aims to investigate
incremental processing methods for spoken dialogue systems. The main
resposibility for the incoming RA / PhD student will be in the area of dialogue
management. The team comprises one other PhD student and one Post-Doc.

Ideal candidates for the RA / PhD position have an excellent degree in
Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, or Computer Science, and have shown
ability for conducting original research. Prior work on dialogue systems and
especially dialogue management would be a definite plus. Good programming skills
are important, a keen interest in problem solving and research is essential. The
successful candidate is encouraged to work towards a PhD degree in Computational
Linguistics from the University of Potsdam.

The working language of the project is English.

We offer
- a competitive salary with all benefits (German TV-L 13 / BAT IIa payscale *
3/4, the actual salaries vary depending on age and family situation, currently
between 2000 and 2600 E per month)
- a dynamic and international working environment. (Computational Linguistics is
a growing part of Linguistics in Potsdam, which already is one of the larger
linguistics departments in Germany; there are also established
inter-disciplinary connections to e.g. computer science and psychology.)
- a nice (and affordable) living environment (Potsdam is a beautiful mid-sized
city just on the outskirts of Berlin, from where, if desired, Potsdam is in easy
commuting distance).

The position is open from December 1st, 2008 (or earlier), so candidates are
encouraged to apply ASAP and reviewing of applications begins immediately;
however, we are looking for the best candidate, so later starting dates may be
negotiable as well.

To apply, please send
- a statement of research interests;
- a cv, including details of research experience;
- if applicable, (links to) sample publications; and
- addresses of at least two referees
to Dr. David Schlangen ( ).

If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Application Deadline: 27-Oct-2008

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr David Schlangen
Institut fuer Linguistik, Uni Potsdam
Karl Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
Potsdam 14476

Contact Information:
Dr David Schlangen

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