[Elsnet-list] ?PhD position in "Mining Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources": Darmstadt, Germany

Dr. Delphine Bernhard delphine at tk.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Wed Oct 8 10:19:12 CEST 2008

PhD position in "Mining Collaboratively Constructed Semantic 
Resources": Darmstadt, Germany

The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab 
(http://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/) has an opening at the PhD level in 
the area of mining collaboratively constructed semantic resources for 
NLP. The position is situated within a project funded by the German 
Research Foundation (DFG).

Collaboratively constructed knowledge resources, such as Wikipedia or 
Wiktionary, have recently given rise to substantial performance 
increases in various Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications, 
such as information retrieval or text classification. The UKP Lab at 
the Technical University of Darmstadt has been among the first research 
groups worldwide to explore the use of Wikipedia in NLP. Its most 
recent work targets at utilizing the knowledge from a new resource, 
Wiktionary, for example in information retrieval. The group has a 
strong and internationally competitive research profile in processing 
user generated discourse and putting the Socio-Semantic Web to use in 

The candidate will conduct research in the above outlined area at the 
UKP Lab. S/he will interact with senior researchers in the group to 
develop new approaches und put them into use in the context of a 
complex information search scenario on the Web. One possible research 
topic is integrating conventional linguistic wordnets and collaborative 
resources, which involves techniques such as word sense disambiguation, 
paraphrase recognition, information fusion and corpus-based and 
statistical methods.

The UKP Lab is part of the Computer Science Department at the Technical 
University of Darmstadt, Germany. The group 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 fundamental research since its 
establishment in summer 2006. The UKP Lab participates in fundamental 
as well as applied research projects in information retrieval, 
summarization, mining knowledge from unstructured documents and 
providing semantically enhanced information management with different 
academic and industrial partners. 


    * The applicants should have a strong background in NLP and/or 
Computer Science and possess the ability to conduct substantial 
    * 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 and a keen research interest 
are essential. Experience in e.g. semantic processing, web mining, 
information extraction and/or a background in linguistics are definite 
    * The ability to effectively cooperate with fellow group members 
and the motivation to conduct high-quality research at an international 
scale are assumed.


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 (ii) the names of three referees.

Applications should be sent in by October 24th, 2008. The positions are 
open until filled, so applications arriving after that date may still 
be considered, if the position has not yet been filled.
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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