[Elsnet-list] Post-Doc / RA, Dialogue Systems Group, Bielefeld University

David Schlangen david.schlangen at uni-bielefeld.de
Mon Sep 5 11:32:21 CEST 2011


Post-Doctoral / Researcher Position in Computational Linguistics /
Dialogue Processing at Bielefeld University, Germany
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The Faculty of Linguistics and Literature, Bielefeld University,
invites applications for another full-time, fixed term (1 yr)
(Post-Doctoral) Research Associate ("wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter")
position in the Dialogue Systems Group (PI David Schlangen).


Job Description
================

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to play an active role
in the group. He or she will participate in ongoing projects related
to the investigation of incremental dialogue processing and will
be encouraged to develop independent research ideas within the focus
of the group. The researchers will share supervision duties (of PhD
and MA students) and help with running the laboratory of the group
(with recording facilities of various kinds).

The position is limited to a duration of one year; subject to funding
availability, an extension may be possible. 

The position is on the German "TVL-13" payscale (3,000 - 4,500 Euro
p.m., depending on relevant work experience).




Candidate Profile
=================

The candidate must have, or be nearing completion of, a PhD in
computer science, computational linguistics or a related
discipline. He or she must have excellent programming skills,
and a strong background in one (or more) of the following areas
- building practical speech applications (task-oriented systems,
  or more conversational systems)
- emprical study of human--human dialogue interactions
- formal / cognitive modeling of conversational agents
as evidenced by a strong relevant publication record.



Background
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The Dialogue Systems Group (DSG) is a newly established group at the
Faculty of Linguistics and Literature at Bielefeld University. The
Faculty has a long tradition of work on Dialogue, in collaboration
with the Technical Faculty / Computer Science. DSG is also affiliated
with CITEC, the "Center of Excellence: Cognitive Interaction
Technology", which is a large-scale research center for intelligent
systems and cognitive interaction between humans and technical
systems, bringing together computer scientists, biologists,
physicists, sports scientists, linguists and psychologists with the
aim to understand the processes and functional constituents of
cognitive interaction. DSG is also affiliated with the Collaborative
Research Center on "Alignment in Communication" (SFB 673), which is a
joint effort of Linguistics and Computer Science, bringing together
some 50 researchers in several projects.
These activities underline the status of Bielefeld as one of the
premier locations for studying dialogue and interaction in general.

The mission of the Dialogue Systems Group is to understand the
mechanics of spontaneous, dialogic interaction and to apply this
understanding to the creation of novel human-machine interfaces. From
this follows our focus on both detailed empirical work as well as on
computational methods for modeling language behaviour and related
behaviours.  A particular current interest is the modeling of
incremental (or "online") language understanding and production in 
situated contexts.

Bielefeld is a mid-sized city in the center of Germany. It is a
pretty, quiet place, surrounded by beautiful forests offering
many possibilites for recreational outdoor activities. Bielefeld is
connected to Germany's high-speed rail system, and its central
location means that most metropolitan areas in Germany (Berlin,
Dusseldorf / Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg) can be reached easily.




Application
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Deadline for applications is October 17 2011, but candidates are
encouraged to send in applications before then; applications that come
in after that date may be considered as well, however.

To apply, please send (preferably in electronic form)
- a statement of research interests 
- a CV, including details of research experience
- (links to) sample publications and / or sample programming code; and 
- addresses of at least two referees
to the address below.

Informal enquiries should be made to the same address.

Prof. Dr. David Schlangen
Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
and SFB 673
Bielefeld University
Postfach/Postbox 10 01 31 
D-33501 Bielefeld
Germany

david.schlangen at uni-bielefeld.de



We welcome applications from severely handicapped people. We
particularly welcome applications from women. Given equal suitability,
qualifications and professional achievement, women will be given
preference, unless particular circumstances pertaining to a male
applicant predominate. Part-time employment is possible. 

Die Bewerbung schwerbehinderter Menschen ist ausdrücklich
erwünscht. Bewerbungen von Frauen sind ausdrücklich erwünscht; 
Frauen werden bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung  
bevorzugt berücksichtigt, sofern nicht in der Person eines
Mitbewerbers liegende Gründe überwiegen. Beschäftigung in Teilzeit ist
möglich.



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