[Elsnet-list] 6 Post-doctoral and 16 PhD positions available in Collaborative Research Center "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding"

Dietrich Klakow 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 
linguistic signal.

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.

/Dates/:

  *

    /application deadline: July 5, 2014/

  *

    /interviews: July 14-25, 2014/

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    /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: 
www.sfb1102.uni-saarland.de <http://www.sfb1102.uni-saarland.de> 
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: 
http://www.mmci.uni-saarland.de/).

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 
qualifications.

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