[Elsnet-list] [re-sent] Two "Experienced Researcher" (e.g. Post-Doc) Positions open at Potsdam University

David Schlangen das at ling.uni-potsdam.de
Fri Apr 8 17:33:09 CEST 2005

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     Two positions open for experienced researchers in an EU-funded
        dialogue project at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

The University of Potsdam invites applications for two positions for
"Experienced Researchers" -- i.e., people with a PhD, or else with 4
or more years of full-time, post-graduate research experience; see
below for exact definition --- to work on `you what?', a 2-year
project that aims to improve the way spoken dialogue systems deal with
understanding problems, by enabling such systems to produce and
understand meaningful and contextually appropriate clarification
requests (e.g. ``New York City?'' instead of ``I'm sorry, can
you repeat?'')

The project will explore ways to combine statistical and symbolic
methods to detect understanding problems, so knowledge of such methods
is required.

The ideal candidate would have:
- knowledge of statistical approaches to NLP in general, and
   to processing dialogue in particular
- knowledge of symbolic approaches, logics, theorem provers,
- experience with spoken dialogue systems
- knowledge of automatic speech recognition algorithms and
   experience with existing implementations / packages
- good programming skills
- some teaching experience (there will be a light teaching load;
   probably in the form of co-supervising diploma students working in
   the project and participating in a project-related

As we are looking for two candidates, these qualifications can be
distributed over the candidates; i.e., one candidate might be stronger
on ASR/statistical methods and the other on theoretical dialogue

Candidates cannot be German nationals or have resided in Germany
during the last 3 years, due to restrictions imposed by the funding
program (FP6 Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge), which aims at
increasing the mobility of researchers (see below for exceptions and
full definition).

We offer
- a competitive salary with all benefits (including generous
   travel allowances);
- a dynamic and international working environment (the Applied
   Computational Linguistics Lab is a growing part of Linguistics in
   Potsdam, which already is one of the largest linguistics
   departments in Germany); and
- a nice 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 project is scheduled to begin June 2005, but the positions
remain open until filled and reviewing of applications begins
immediately. To apply, please send
- a statement of research interests; and
- a cv, including details of research and teaching experience; and
- addresses of two referees
to Prof. Manfred Stede ( stede at ling.uni-potsdam.de )

If you need further information, or if you are in doubt whether you
are eligible, please don't hesitate to contact
         stede at ling.uni-potsdam.de (Manfred Stede)
     das at ling.uni-potsdam.de (David Schlangen).

``Experienced researchers are defined as researchers having at
least 4 years of research  experience (full-time equivalent)
since gaining a university diploma giving them access to
doctoral studies (the degree must entitle the holder to embark on
doctoral studies, without  having to acquire any further
qualifications), in the country in which the degree/diploma was
obtained or researchers already in possession of a doctoral
degree, independently of the time  taken to acquire it.''

``Researchers must be nationals of a State other than that of the
host organisation. At the start  of their fellowship/activity,
researchers may not have resided or carried out their main
activity  (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host
organisation for more than 12 months in the 3  years immediately
prior to the start date. Short stays such as holidays are not
taken into  account.''
``[...] researchers will be considered as being eligible to
benefit from a training or  mobility action, including in their
country of origin, if they can provide evidence that they have
legally resided and have had their principal activity (work,
studies, etc) in a third country [ = non-EU country ] for at
least four of the last five years immediately prior to the start

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