Two Open Position (One PhD, One Postdoc) in Computational Linguistics / Argumentation Modelling

26. November 2017

The Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at University of
Stuttgart) has an opening for two researchers (one PhD student, one
Postdoc) to work in the context of a new project on modelling
argumentation dynamics in political discourse, headed by Jonas Kuhn
[1] and Sebastian Padó [2], in close collaboration with political
scientist Sebastian Haunss from University of Bremen [3]).

The successful candidates will develop methods to automatically
identify argumentation structures in news coverage, aggregate these
structures according to various criteria (thematic coherence, actors,
temporal development), and make them available, through suitable
diagnostics such as visualization, to analysts from the political
science domain.

Both candidates need to have substantial knowledge of natural language
processing, excellent communication skills, strong programming and
software engineering skills, and at least basic knowledge of the
German language. Prior experience with the field of argumentation
analysis will be considered a plus.

The candidate for the PhD position should have:
* Master’s degree in computer science, computational linguistics or similar
* advanced knowledge of machine learning methods, in particular deep learning
* interest in interdisciplinary work
* ideally, prior experience in visualization

The candidate for the Postdoc position should have:
* PhD in computer science, computational linguistics or similar
* proven track record in interdisciplinary work in digital humanities or
 computational social science, including corpus annotation methodology
* substantial experience in the application, adaptation and visualization of NLP models
* ideally, prior experience with machine learning

The positions will be available for three years, starting in Early
2018. All applications received until December 15, 2017 will receive
full consideration. The salary is according to the German university
payscale (TV-L 13, 65% for the PhD position and 100% for the Postdoc,
see [4] for details. To apply, please send a full CV and letter of
motivation in a single PDF document to Sebastian Pado,

About Stuttgart and the University of Stuttgart:

The University of Stuttgart is a technically oriented university in
Germany. It is especially known for engineering and related topics,
with its computer science department being ranked highly nationally
and internationally. The Institute of Natural Language Processing
(Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung, IMS), which forms part
of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is one
of the largest academic research institutes for natural language
processing in Germany, with three full professors, an assistant
professor, three senior lecturers and a staff of more than thirty
researchers. Its activities range from computational corpus
linguistics to semantic processing, machine translation,
psycholinguistics, and phonetics, and hosts several projects funded by
the EC, the German science council (DFG), and various foundations. The
institute manages dedicated BSc and MSc programs in computational

The city of Stuttgart [5] is the capital of the state of
Baden-Württemberg in the south-west of Germany and known for its
strong economy, rich culture and its location across a variety of
hills, many covered in vineyards. It is a lively place with an active
bar and club scene. With Germany’s high-speed train system, it is
well-connected to many other interesting places, for instance Munich
and Cologne (~2.5 hours), Paris (~3.5 hours), Berlin (~5.5 hours),
Strasbourg (1 hour) or Lake Constance (2 hours).