[Elsnet-list] Research Scientist

Birgit Kirchmeier kirchmeier at tk.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Wed Dec 28 11:48:24 CET 2011


The Leibniz Institute for Educational Research and Educational Information (DIPF) [1] in Frankfurt am Main is a federally and state-funded member of the Leibniz Association. The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab at the DIPF's Information Center for Education currently seeking a

Research Scientist
(full-time, for an initial term of two years, at the EG13 TV-H pay grade)

in the field of

Computer Science, Automatic Text Analysis, and Information Processing

for its Frankfurt am Main location.

The position is part of the establishment of the new working branch of the Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab under the leadership of Prof. Iryna Gurevych (UKP-DIPF) at the Frankfurt am Main location. The Lab will cooperate closely with the Technology-based Assessment [2] and Information Management groups at DIPF, as well as with the Department of Computer Science (UKP-TUD [3], Prof. Iryna Gurevych) at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.  It is the core of a newly built institutional research priority for knowledge processing [4] at DIPF and the Technische Universität Darmstadt.

The position will be assigned at least one of the following profiles:

Automatic evaluation of natural-language essays and short answers, and adaptive generation of assignments for computer-based assessment with language technology techniques;

Natural language processing (NLP) for automatic structuring of information, such as automatic link discovery or multi-document summarization;

Intelligent methods for scientific publishing, evaluation and aggregation of collective knowledge on the Web, automatic assessment of the quality and trustworthiness of information;

Text mining techniques, such as for detection of opinions and trends in unstructured texts;

Educational applications of computer science, especially for language technology, data mining, and information visualization.

The competition is open to highly qualified PhD holders and excellent holders of other degrees (e.g. diploma, M.Sc.) working towards a leadership position and scientific career.

Requirements:
A very good to excellent completed doctoral or other degree in computer science (in natural language processing or a related field), or a similar qualification, and an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Relevant experience and qualities also desirable:
Research, external funding applications, and project management;
Text analysis and machine learning;
Java programming;
Development of and support in the implementation of university courses.

The ability to work independently, personal commitment and teamwork skills, communication skills, and a readiness to cooperate are required.

Applications from women are particularly encouraged.  All other things being equal, candidates with disabilities will be given preference.

The position is a fixed-term contract with an option to extend it, provided certain conditions are met.  We offer the possibility of further scientific qualification towards a doctoral degree or Habilitation at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.  The salary is based on TV-H (the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Hesse).  A part-time working arrangement is possible.

As a scientific institution, the primary goals of the Leibniz Institute DIPF are high-profile basic research and innovative scientific services.  Particular importance and visibility is attached to their application to education in the public sector.  DIPF avails itself of the expertise of computer science at TU Darmstadt to build a research center for knowledge processing and educational computer science.

The Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt is regularly ranked among the best in Germany.  Among the distinguishing features of the nascent UKP-DIPF working group are its expertise in semantic language technology, text mining, and information retrieval, as well as its powerful infrastructures for the aggregation and evaluation of knowledge.

Applications (including CV, details of previous academic work, educational and professional references, and final thesis and/or three key publications in electronic form) should be submitted by January 27, 2012 to gurevych (at) cs (dot) tu-darmstadt (dot) de.

[1] http://www.dipf.de/
[2] http://tba.dipf.de/
[3] http://www.ukp.tu-darmstadt.de/
[4] http://www.werc.tu-darmstadt.de/


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