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