W2402: Postdoc Position for a computer scientist, computational linguist or psycholinguist

1 Postdoc-Position (TV-L 13, 100%) at Saarland Informatics Campus / Germany

The Chair of Computer Science and Computational Linguistics invites applications for a postdoctoral position (02/2024 - 01/2026) of a computer scientist, computational linguist or psycholinguist.

The position is flexible with respect to topic, but it should connect thematically with current topics of interest to the research group. These include neural natural language generation with specific focus on data-to-text generation, avoidance of hallucinations and personalized language generation, as well as computational models of discourse processing and pragmatics. Psycholinguistic experimental work within our group revolves around information-theoretic accounts of human language processing, as well as discourse processing and experimental pragmatics. We are especially interested in individual differences in discourse and pragmatic processing (see also our ERC project "Individualized Interaction in Discourse"). You should have expertise in neural and/or linguistically principled methods in NLP, or experimental methods for psycholinguistics.


Research and publication of research results at high quality venues.
The position includes a teaching load of up to four hours per week and can be given within the BSc or MSc programs in Computational Linguistics, Computer Science or Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
You will typically teach one seminar per semester on a topic of your choice, which will allow you to motivate students to do BSc and MSc theses under your supervision.
The successful applicant must have excellent spoken and written proficiency in English.

Your academic qualifications:
•  Doctoral degree / PhD in computer science, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics or a related area.

Application deadline:     December 6th, 2023
Start date:                        February 1st, 2024

The duration of the employment: February 2024 - January 2026.
The volume of the employment: 100% of standard working time according to TV-L E13, see also https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/c/t/rechner/tv-l/west?id=tv-l-2023&matrix=1.

Applicants are requested to submit their application, including a research proposal, an academic CV, a list of academic publications, your PhD thesis (or a current draft), copies of academic degree certificates and names of two potential references.

Applications should be sent via email to Prof. Vera Demberg (applications-vd(at)lst.uni-saarland.de).
Reference number: W2402
The complete job announcement can be found here.

Saarland University is one of the leading centres for computer science and computational linguistics in Europe, and offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment. The group is affiliated with both the Department of Computer Science and with the Department of Language Science and Technology.
Both departments are part of the Saarland Informatics Campus, which brings together 800 researchers and 2000 students from 81 countries. We collaborate closely with the university's Department of Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Our researchers and students come from all over the world, and our primary working language is English.

Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of women are strongly encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.