[Elsnet-list] Positions at Bremen University

Robert Ross robert.j.ross at gmail.com
Thu May 14 13:34:57 CEST 2009

Position available for Computational Linguist or Informatics

The I5-DiaSpace project (http://www.diaspace.uni-bremen.de) of the
Collaborative Research Center on Spatial Cognition in Bremen,
N. Germany, is looking for a computational linguistic or informatics
PhD or Postdoc researcher ready and willing to take on the further
development of our information-state based dialogue system. The system
backbone is implemented in Java with plug-ins to state of the art
natural language analysis, generation, dialogue management, and
knowledge representation components. The system offers an outstanding
foundation for carrying out further research at both doctoral and
postdoc levels. The successful applicant will be expected to take over
responsibility for system design and implementation, and so excellent
programming skills will be crucial. The selection of research topic
within the general area of dialogue systems is open to negotiation,
although spatially-situated dialogue with autonomous systems including
robots is one of the demonstration areas that we cover. The position
is to be filled as quickly as possible.

The Natural Language Interaction Group at Bremen 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
highly international and at the cutting edge of several related

Necessary qualifications:

1. completed first degree in computational linguistics, artificial
     intelligence, linguistics, informatics or similar
2. interest in dialogue
3. good programming skills (necessarily Java; Lisp, Perl, etc. advantageous)
4. good English writing skills
5. ability to work both independently and in a team  in a
    multidisciplinary environment

Approximate salary:

Payment is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13,
approx. 34,000 Euros annually).

Interested applicants should send their CV and any supporting
information or further queries to John Bateman
(bateman at uni-bremen.de).

Closing date for applications: 15th June.

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