Germany: 2 PhD positions : University of Heidelberg and EML Research gGm

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As part of the "Innovation Fonds for Frontier Research" (FRONTIER) of
the Excellence Initiative, the University of Heidelberg advertises

          two positions for researchers/PhD students
             (half-time positions, salary TV-L13/2)

              for a joint research project between
the Computational Linguistics Department of the University of Heidelberg
the Natural Language Processing Group at EML Research gGmbH, Heidelberg.

The project is about semantics-driven synchronous generation of natural
language and 3D scenes. The research will be carried out in
collaboration with the Visualisation and Numerical Geometry group of the
Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) at the
University of Heidelberg.

The ideal candidates have a strong background in computational
linguistics and possess a Masters or a Diploma degree in computational
linguistics or a related field. A solid background in linguistics and
knowledge about corpus-based methods as well as statistics is required.
Java programming skills are expected.
Strong candidates with high qualification (PhD) may apply for a full

The project will start on August 1st, 2008. A later starting date may be
negotiated. The project will be funded for two years. Further funding is
anticipated but cannot be guaranteed.

EML Research gGmbH is a private non-profit research laboratory dedicated
to basic and applied research in IT. The NLP group is an
interdisciplinary research group that works on applications in the area
of discourse and dialogue, in particular coreference resolution, lexical
semantics, text generation, automatic summarization, and knowledge
extraction from semistructured input (

The Computational Linguistics Department of the University of Heidelberg
( undertakes research in the area of
multilingual language processing, with focus on semantics and data-
driven methods.
The Computational Linguistics Department is associated with the
Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for
the Sciences (
Doctoral students can associate with the graduate school and take part
in special teaching programs.

Please send your application to:

Seminar für Computerlinguistik
Universitaet Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 325
D-69120 Heidelberg
or electronically to: icl (at)

Applications received by June 23, 2008 will receive fullest consideration.
The positions remain open until filled. The University of Heidelberg is
an equal opportunity employer.
The candidates will be chosen by a joint committee of EML Research and
the University of Heidelberg.

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Anette Frank
Email: frank (at)

Dr. Michael Strube
Email: strube (at)

Prof. Dr. Anette Frank
Computational Linguistics Department
University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 325
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
phone: +49-(0)6221/54-3247
secr: +49-(0)6221/54-3245
fax: +49-(0)6221/54-3242

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