[Elsnet-list] Post-Doc position for speech / dialogue researcher, University of Potsdam, Germany

David Schlangen das at ling.uni-potsdam.de
Mon Aug 8 15:45:30 CEST 2005


      One position open for an experienced researcher in an EU-funded
        dialogue project at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

The University of Potsdam invites applications for a position for
an ``Experienced Researcher'' -- i.e., someone with a PhD, or else
with 4 or more years of full-time, post-graduate research experience
-- to work on a 2-year, EU-funded project that aims to improve the way
spoken dialogue systems deal with understanding problems (their own,
and those of the human user).

The project will explore ways to combine statistical and symbolic
methods to detect understanding problems and to decide on strategies
for clarifying them. The successful candidate will work together with
one other experienced researcher who has a background more in
theoretical dialogue modelling; for the advertised position we are
searching for a candidate with a background more in speech processing.

The ideal candidate would have:
- knowledge of automatic speech recognition algorithms and
   experience with existing implementations / packages
- experience with spoken dialogue systems
- good programming skills
- knowledge of statistical approaches to NLP in general, and
   to processing dialogue in particular

Also a plus would be:
- 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
   seminar)
- knowledge of symbolic approaches, logics, theorem provers,
   etc.

Candidates cannot be German nationals or have resided in Germany
during the last 3 years, and must be citizens of an EU-member state,
due to restrictions imposed by the funding program (FP6 Marie Curie
Transfer of Knowledge). (There are some exceptions; please contact us
if in doubt).

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; there are also established
   inter-disciplinary connections to e.g. computer science and
   psychology); 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 position is open now, 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
possible as well.

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)
or
	das at ling.uni-potsdam.de (David Schlangen).


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