[Elsnet-list] Doctoral and post-doc positions in NLP related to eLearning

Dr. Iryna Gurevych gurevych at tk.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Thu Mar 30 13:47:40 CEST 2006

The Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany), Department of Telecooperation invites applications of researchers (at the doctoral or post-doc level) in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) applied to eLearning. The positions are offered within the Research Training Program "Quality in eLearning through Regenerative Processes" funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and the Federal State of Hesse. Doctoral and post-doctoral positions have the duration of two and one years respectively, with the possibility to extend for one additional year. 

The interdisciplinary Research Training Program is focused on improving eLearning through the introduction of regenerative processes. In particular, best practice experiences should be integrated in computational models and the software engineering lifecycle. On the other hand, advanced natural language processing technologies should be employed to enhance eLearning experiences. This can be tackled by:
i. empirically analysing corpora of eLearning content, e.g. scientific presentations, emails, wikis; 
ii. employing methods of computational linguistics to build semantic and pragmatic models of eLearning discourses; 
iii. applying natural language processing technologies, e.g. automatic summarization, information extraction & retrieval, and conversational dialogue interfaces to build advanced eLearning applications. 

Ideal candidates should possess a degree either in computational linguistics or computer science. We assume strong interest in NLP and eLearning as a target domain and willingness to work in a strongly interdisciplinary environment. The Telecooperation Department offers both a stimulating working atmosphere and up-to-date computer hardware facilities. The department participates in multiple cutting-edge computer science projects and partnerships. Doctoral researchers should aim to gain a Ph.D. in computer science. Strong programming skills are required. Relevant research experience and publications in NLP and/or eLearning will be a definite asset. International candidates are expected to improve their command of German, if offered a position. 

Further information about the Training Research Program and application procedures can be found under http://www.cre-elearning.tu-darmstadt.de/gk/. Any informal inquiries about the topics of research outlined above should be directed to Dr. Iryna Gurevych gurevych(at)tk(dot)informatik(dot)tu-darmstadt(dot)de and/or Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser max(at)tk(dot)informatik(dot)tu-darmstadt(dot)de. Please send a hard copy of your application to the scientific coordinator of the Research Training Program:

Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser
Technische Universität Darmstadt. Fachbereich 20: Informatik
Hochschulstraße 10
64289 Darmstadt

Deadline for application: 14. April 2006.

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