PhD researcher (all genders welcome)

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PhD researcher (all genders welcome)

At the University of Göttingen -Public Law Foundation-, Institut für Informatik, there is a position as

PhD researcher (all genders welcome)
Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L/100%

to be filled. Starting date is as soon as possible. The position is limited to 3 years (with possible temporary extension according to WissZeitVG).

The newly founded Data Science group led by Lisa Beinborn is looking for two academic researchers to join our team. 

Our Research
Our group is part of the Campus Institute Data Science (CIDAS). Our research is interdisciplinary at its core and we cooperate closely with colleagues from other faculties (e.g., psychology, humanities). We take a human-centered perspective on natural language processing research and focus on the following topics:

  • the cognitive plausibility, interpretability, and generalization capabilities of language processing models
  • cross-lingual transfer and typological diversity in multilingual models
  • exploring how language processing differences between humans and computers can guide the development of more efficient models
  • language technology for education (e.g., readability and simplification, exercise generation, learner modeling)
​Your Responsiblities 

In this position, you have the chance to pursue a PhD degree. You are expected to: 

  • conduct innovative research on one of the topics mentioned above. 
  • communicate research results in peer-reviewed proceedings and journals and present them at international research conferences. 
  • participate in teaching and examination (4 teaching hours per week during the semester).
  • support curriculum development.
  • take an active role in supervising students. 
  • participate in further development of the research group, for example, by establishing workflows for eye-tracking or annotation experiments and contributing to operational management. ​
Your Profile

The ideal candidate

  • has obtained a very good master’s degree in computational linguistics, computer science, cognitive science, machine learning, or a related discipline.
  • has gained experience with natural language processing research and has a strong interest in the topics outlined above.
  • can independently acquire and process new knowledge. 
  • is a team player with good communication skills and an interdisciplinary mindset.
  • has obtained analytical and programming skills and is committed to further developing them (experience with large-scale experiments on GPUs is beneficial).
  • shows very good command of written and spoken English (knowledge of German is beneficial, interest in additional languages is a plus).
  • has obtained teaching experience and is willing to improve their didactic competence.

To apply, please submit the following information:

  • letter of motivation (1 page), including a clear indication why this position is interesting for you and what makes you a qualified candidate
  • a detailed CV
  • a transcript of grades (Bachelor/Master studies)
  • a page containing a link to an example of your work (your most recent thesis, a publication, a code repository) and a short explanation on how this work represents your profile. If the document is not publicly available, please attach it as pdf.

Applications arriving after the deadline will still be considered if the position has not yet been filled. The starting date can be negotiated (preferably before September 2024). 

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The University is particularly committed to the professional participation of severely disabled employees and therefore welcomes applications from severely disabled people. In the case of equal qualifications, applications from people with severe disabilities will be given preference. A disability or equality is to be included in the application in order to protect the interests of the applicant.

Please upload your application in one pdf file including the usual documents until 2/26/2024 on the application portal of the university using this link: http://obp.uni-goettingen.de/de-de/OBF/Index/74387 . For more information get in touch with Lisa Beinborn directly via E-Mail: [email protected], Tel. +49 551 39 26053 .

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)



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