[Elsnet-list] 6 Post-doctoral and 16 PhD positions available in Collaborative Research Center "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding"
dietrich.klakow at lsv.uni-saarland.de
Tue Jun 10 07:40:56 CEST 2014
Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1102/Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 1102
"Information Density and Linguistic Encoding"
Saarland University, Germany
*6 Post-doctoral and 16 PhD positions available*
The DFG-funded CRC /Information Density and Linguistic Encoding/(SFB
1102) is pleased to invite applications for a range of PhD and
post-doctoral positions. The CRC's research projects jointly address the
hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better
understood in terms of the goal of speakers to modulate the amount of
information conveyed in an utterance. More specifically, a wide range of
linguistic, psycholinguistic and computational methods will be brought
to bear in explaining the multitude of choices speakers make regarding
when they encode their messages -- from the choice of words, structuring
of syntactic elements, and arranging sentences in discourse.
Processing linguistic material has been shown to be correlated with its
contextually determined predictability and may be appropriately indexed
by Shannon's notion of information. The CRC investigates the hypothesis
that (i) processing complexity is indexed by /Surprisal/across
linguistic levels, and (ii) that variation in language use may be
characterized by the optimal distribution of information across the
The CRC includes 14 research projects drawing upon psycholinguistics,
computational linguistics, diachronic sociolinguistics, phonetics,
discourse and contrastive linguistics. We are seeking to recruit 6
Postdocs and 16 PhD students.
/application deadline: July 5, 2014/
/interviews: July 14-25, 2014/
/starting date: Oct 1, 2014 /
Employment requirements are a PhD (for Postdoc position) or MA/MSc (for
PhD position). Note that we are happy to receive applications by people
who have not yet finished their MA/MSc or PhD by the time of application
but will have submitted their thesis by the starting date or shortly
thereafter. Applicants are requested to submit their application,
together with an academic CV, a list of academic publications, copies of
academic degree certificates and two potential references.
For details on the individual projects and positions see:
Applications must be sent directly to the lead PI of the particular
project you wish to apply to. You may apply to more than one
project/position - please indicate this in each of your applications by
stating the relevant project and position number(s) and specifying an
order of preference.
Saarland University offers a lively academic environment that is famous
for its interdisciplinary research in language and computation. In CRC
1102, we entertain active collaborative links with the Department of
Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max
Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Institute for
Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as well as the Cluster of Excellence
/Multimodal Computing and Interaction/(M2CI:
Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of
women are stronglyencouraged; applications of disabled persons will be
given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal
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