Germany: RA/PhD Position in Dialogue Systems

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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.
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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 October 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 ( das@ling.uni-potsdam.de ).

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

Web:
 http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/~das

Postal address:
 Dr. David Schlangen
 Institut fuer Linguistik, Uni Potsdam
 Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
 14476 Potsdam
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