[Elsnet-list] Job-ad

Aljoscha Burchardt burchardt at cre-elearning.tu-darmstadt.de
Fri Aug 8 11:45:30 CEST 2008

Dear Sirs, Ladies,

please find a job ad below we would like you to publish on elsnet list.

Thanks in advance.
Aljoscha Burchardt, TU Darmstadt, Germany


PhD position "Automatic quality assessment of community-based learning material" at Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany

The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab 
(http://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/) has an opening for a PhD position in the field of "Automatic quality assessment of community-based learning material". Recent trends towards community-based learning using informal, user-generated resources like Blogs and Wikis in combination with the conventional formal content such as course material have provided new momentum to NLP techniques for automatic quality assessment utilizing machine learning. The applicant will analyze structural and linguistic properties of collaboratively constructed community-based learning material, apply the existing and develop novel quality assessment algorithms in this domain and evaluate the results. The final goal is to support learners in finding high-quality learning content.

The successful applicants will join the UKP Lab situated in the Department of Computer Science, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany. The UKP features a dynamic work environment, a highly motivated and integrated research team, a substantial industrial cooperation network, and was distinguished by several research awards for its basic research since the establishment in summer 2006. The applicant's research will be conducted within an interdisciplinary Research Training Program (RTP) on E-Learning 2.0 funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The program emphasizes research on quality improvement in E-learning processes based on feedback loops. 16 PhD students and two PostDoc researchers work together in this RTP, along with about a dozen faculty and their respective research groups.


* The applicants should have a strong background in NLP and/or Computer Science and possess the ability to conduct substantial research.	
* S/he will work towards a PhD in Computer Science from the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt and should have an excellent degree in computer science or a related discipline.
* Strong programming skills in Java, a keen research interest and a strong ability to cooperate with group members are essential. 
* Experience with Machine Learning and/or a background in Linguistics are definite assets.

Application Procedure:

The position is open immediately. Later starting dates can be negotiated. 

The applications should include: (i) your CV with details of past research experience and a publication list, and (ii) the names of three referees.

Applications should be sent in by August, 31st.
The positions are open until filled, so applications arriving after that may still be considered.

Please direct your inquiries to:
   Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
A hard copy of your application should be sent to:
  Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych
  UKP Lab, FB 20 Computer Science
  Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
  Hochschulstraße 10, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany

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