PhD Position Pragmatic Program Generation

1 PhD-Position (TV-L 13, 75%) at Saarland Informatics Campus / Germany

We invite applications for one PhD student position in pragmatic program generation. The goal of the PhD project is to develop and evaluate methods that can automatically turn natural language descriptions of what a program should do into executable computer code, with a special focus on dealing with ambiguities and lack of detail in the natural language descriptions.

The position, to be established in the group "Computer Science and Computational Linguistics" (Prof. Vera Demberg), is part of a collaboration with the Software Engineering Group of Prof. Sven Apel  and the Machine Teaching Group of Dr. Adish Singla at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS).

Candidates for this position should have a master's degree in computational linguistics, computer science or a related discipline. Experience with machine learning including deep learning is expected. The research will be conducted in English.

Application deadline:     November 13, 2022
Start date:                        Spring 2023 (start date flexible)

The expected duration of the PhD is 3 years, the position is paid according to 75% TV-L E13, see also

The job does not come with any teaching obligation. You can however choose to participate in teaching activities (tutoring or co-teaching).

Applicants are requested to submit their application, including a cover letter that specifies why you would like to work on this topic and what qualifies you for it, an academic CV, a list of academic publications (if applicable), your MSc thesis (or a current draft), copies of academic degree certificates and names of two potential references.

Saarland University is one of the leading centres for computational linguistics and computer science in Europe, and offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment. It is famous for its interdisciplinary research in language, translation, computation and cognition. The group is affiliated with both the Department of Computer Science and with the  Department of Language Science and Technology.
The Department of Language Science and Technology organizes about 100 research staff in ten research groups in the fields of computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech processing, and corpus linguistics.

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. 

Applications should be sent via email directly to Prof. Vera Demberg (vera(at)
The reference number: W2178