[Elsnet-list] Positions in Computational Linguistics at Bremen University

Robert Ross robertr at informatik.uni-bremen.de
Tue Oct 21 15:09:05 CEST 2008

The Natural Language Interaction Group at the University of Bremen has
several positions open for computational linguists specialising in
dialogue systems. Excellent candidates at both doctoral and
post-doctoral levels are invited to apply to work within our
Collaborative Research Center on Spatial Cognition, where we are
designing and building dialogue systems for interacting with users
performing a variety of spatially-related tasks. Successful candidates
will have: (i) programming experience in the areas central to dialogue
systems, e.g., dialogue control mechanisms, contextualisation and
speech act interpretation, analysis and generation systems, as well as
general architectures for dialogue systems, and (ii) experience in
relating empirical and corpus-based dialogue studies to computational
implementation. Successful candidates will work on, and develop
further, our current dialogue system. This system has a
state-of-the-art information-state based architecture combining formal
control of dialogue, CCG-based analysis, SFG-based generation,
ontology-driven interaction and embedding with spatially-aware
applications and therefore offers a rich foundation for many
independent research topics in central areas of computational dialogue
theory, implementation, and application. Since our dialogue
applications require interactions in both English and German,
knowledge of German is strongly desirable.

The Natural Language Interaction Group is a highly multidisciplinary
team combining discourse analysts, psycholinguists, computational
linguists and ontological engineers. We work in close cooperation with
several projects within the Collaborative Research Center, which spans
cognitive science, neurocognition, perception, formal spatial calculi,
architecture, and AI. The environment is international and at the
cutting edge of several related disciplines.  The positions are
available for an initial period of two years and will be filled as
quickly as possible. Although centrally research positions, it will
also be possible to teach courses in Computational Linguistics in our
undergraduate linguistics and informatics programs if desired.

Necessary qualifications:

1. completed first degree in computational linguistics, artificial
    intelligence, linguistics, informatics or similar
2. experience with analysing naturally occurring dialogue and modern
    approaches to dialogue corpora
3. good programming skills (Java and/or Lisp, Perl, etc.)
4. good English writing skills
5. ability to work both independently and within a team in a
    multidisciplinary environment

We offer the opportunity to gain research experience in a modern and 
enthusiastic research environment with strong interdisciplinary and 
international links. Responsibilities include project work and research, 
publication of research results, supervision of student projects, 
participation in the activities of the SFB/TR 8, and contribution to 
research proposals.

The position is available from December 2008 until the end of 2010. 
Extension is possible. Application deadline: 30. October 2008 (or until 
a suitable candidate is found).

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female 
employees in science women are particularly encouraged to apply.

In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification disabled persons 
will be given priority.

Applications and questions about the position should be sent (preferably 
by email including the above mentioned position number A 175/08) to:

Prof. John Bateman Ph.D
University of Bremen
bateman at uni-bremen.de

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