[Elsnet-list] PhD/Postdoctoral research positions in Semantic Computing, CITEC/University of Bielefeld

Philipp Cimiano cimiano at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de
Fri Jun 29 09:13:34 CEST 2012

=== PhD/postdoc research positions in Semantic Computing, 
CITEC/University of Bielefeld ===

The Semantic Computing group [1] at the University of Bielefeld [2] has 
two open positions at the postdoc or PhD level on the following topics:

- ontology-based interpretation of natural language (position 1)
- real-time opinion mining from social media and personalization 
(position 2)

The Semantic Computing Group is affiliated to and cooperates with the 
Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" [3].

The successful candidates will have a strong background in at least 
three of the following areas:

- statistical natural language processing (positions 1 and 2)
- machine learning and/or statistical learning (positions 1 and 2)
- formal and/or computational semantics (position 1)
- Semantic Web, Knowledge Representation and Ontologies (position 1)
- reasoning algorithms (position 1)
- social media analysis and mining (position 2)
- text and data mining (position 2)

Candidates with expertise in several topics will be preferred. Knowledge 
of the German language is not required, but is a plus. Applicants are 
expected to have strong programming skills, the ability to work 
independently, strong interpersonal skills as well as strong English 
language skills.
Candidates should be qualified for and willing to perform 
state-of-the-art research in the above topics as well as contribute to 
the teaching activities of the department.

The group will provide the chance to perform high-quality and 
cutting-edge research in an international environment. Applicants for a 
postdoc position will have the chance to perform independent research on 
the topics of the group that qualifies them for an academic career and 
allows them to position themselves as independent researchers in the 
community. PhD applicants will receive supervision and support in 
developing the necessary skills to produce high-quality research 
necessary to earn a PhD Degree.

The salary for both PhD and postdoc positions is around  3.200 Euro (pre 
taxes), according to scale TV-L 13 in the German University System and 
can vary depending on age, marital status, tax class etc. The salary 
notably increases with the duration of the position. An online tool to 
calculate the post-tax income can be found at [4] (indicating E-13).

Bielefeld is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany (with close to 
330.000 inhabitants) [5]. It is a lively city with a lot of cultural and 
entertainment opportunities (see [6]). It is located in the heart of the 
Teutoburg Forest [7], offering many opportunities for outdoor and 
leisure activities.

The application deadline is August 17th. Applications should be sent by 
email to Prof. Philipp Cimiano at cimiano at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de,  
preferably as *one* PDF document including a CV, motivation letter, 
publication record (if applicable), record of teaching activities (if 
applicable) and any other relevant information in addition to the names 
of two referees. The application should mention explicitly the position 
in question (1 or 2) and highlight the expertise in the above mentioned 

Both positions are available for an initial period of 2 years with the 
option of extension for two additional years. Starting date will be 
October 1st (for position 1) and January 1st (for position 2). 
Interviews will be held in August / September.

[1] http://www.sc.cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de/
[2] http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/International/
[3] http://www.cit-ec.de/
[4] http://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/c/t/rechner/tv-l/west?id=tv-l-2012
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bielefeld
[6] http://www.bielefeld.de/en/index.html
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teutoburg_Forest

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