[Elsnet-list] Jobs: Junior Research Groups at Saarland University

Matthew Crocker crocker at coli.uni-sb.de
Tue Nov 18 08:55:54 CET 2008

The following positions are of direct relevance to computational  
linguists and cognitive scientists interested in data-intensive text  
and speech processing or multi-modal linguistic communication in  
virtual environments.

Saarland University is seeking to establish several

Junior Research Groups (W1/W2)

within the recently established Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal  
Computing and Interaction” which was established by the German  
Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the German  
Excellence Initiative.

The term “multimodal” describes the different types of digital  
information such as text, speech, images, video, graphics, and high‐ 
dimensional data, and the way it is perceived and communicated,  
particularly through vision, hearing, and human expression. The  
challenge is now to organize, understand, and search this multimodal  
information in a robust, efficient and intelligent way, and to create  
dependable systems that allow natural and intuitive multimodal  
interaction. We are looking for highly motivated young researchers  
with a background in the research areas of the cluster, including  
algorithmic foundations, secure and autonomous networked systems, open  
science web, information processing in the life sciences, visual  
computing, large‐scale virtual environments, synthetic virtual  
characters, text and speech processing and multimodal dialog systems.  
Additional information on the Cluster of Excellence is available on http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de 
. Group leaders will receive junior faculty status at Saarland  
University, including the right to supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD  
students. Positions are limited to five years.

Applicants for W1 positions (phase I of the program) must have  
completed an outstanding PhD. Upon successful evaluation after two  
years, W1 group leaders are eligible for promotion to W2. Direct  
applicants for W2 positions (phase II of the program) must have  
completed a postdoc stay and must have demonstrated outstanding  
research potential and the ability to successfully lead their own  
research group. Junior research groups are equipped with a budget of  
80k to 100k Euros per year to cover research personnel and other costs.

Saarland University has leading departments in computer science and  
computational linguistics, with more than 200 PhD students working on  
topics related to the cluster (see http://www.informatik-saarland.de  
for additional information). The German Excellence Initiative recently  
awarded multi‐million grants to the Cluster of Excellence  
“Multimodal Computing and Interaction” as well as to the  
“Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science”. An important  
factor to this success were the close ties to the Max Planck Institute  
for Computer Science, the German Research Center for Artificial  
Intelligence (DFKI), and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems  
which are co‐located on the same campus.

Candidates should submit their application (curriculum vitae,  
photograph, list of publications, short research plan, copies of  
degree certificates, copies of the five most important publications,  
list of five references) to the coordinator of the cluster, Prof.  
Hans‐Peter Seidel, MPI for Computer Science, Campus E1.4, 66123  
Saarbrücken, Germany. Please, also send your application as a single  
PDF file to: applications at mmci.uni‐saarland.de.

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2009, and  
applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by that  
date; however, applications will continue to be accepted until January  
31, 2009. Final decisions will be made following a candidate symposium  
that will be held during March 9 – 13, 2009.

Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance  
with its policy of increasing the proportion of women in this type of  
employment, the University actively encourages applications from women.

For candidates with equal qualification, preference will be given to  
people with physical disabilities.

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