August 5, 2020 /

Open PhD position in Language & Vision

The IMS invites applications for a PhD position working at the intersection of natural language processing/computational linguistics and computer vision.

The Institute for Natural Language Processing at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, invites applications for a PhD position working in Language & Vision (L&V)---at the intersection of natural language processing/computational linguistics and computer vision.

The candidate will pursue a PhD project with assistant professor Dr. Carina Silberer. The exact topic of the PhD thesis is open, possible topics include the analysis of the interplay between linguistic reference and the properties and interactions of real-world objects, modeling multimodal discourse, grounding language in images/videos, multimodal representation learning, transfer learning across language and vision.

The candidate has the chance to collaborate, e.g., through a research internship in Barcelona, Spain, with Gemma Boleda's group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, or with Xavier Giró's group at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Candidate Profile

  • excellent Master’s degree in computer science, computational linguistics or related fields
  • knowledge of natural language processing (NLP) / computational linguistics (CL) or computer vision, knowledge of language & vision is a plus
  • strong programming skills
  • interest in interdisciplinary work
  • advanced knowledge of machine learning methods, experience in deep learning is a plus
  • proficiency of English (knowledge of German is not a prerequisite)
  • reliability/accountability


Deadline: 5th of September 2020
The position will be available starting in autumn 2020. All applications received until the deadline will receive full consideration, applications arriving afterwards will still be considered until the position is filled. The salary is according to the German university pay scale (TV-L~13, between 75% and 100% depending on qualifications, consult this page for details).

To apply, please send the following documents in a single pdf to Carina Silberer (carina.silberer at

  •  a full CV
  • a letter of motivation, including a statement of research interests
  • the names of one to three referees

Applications from women are particularly encouraged. The online interviews will take place in September. Feel free to contact Carina Silberer for any question regarding this position.

About the University of Stuttgart and Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart is a technically oriented university in Germany of long standing. 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), the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and various foundations. The institute manages dedicated BSc and MSc programs in computational linguistics.
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The city of Stuttgart 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 (~2 hours), Heidelberg (~1.25 hours), Paris (~3.25 hours), Strasbourg (<1.5 hours), Lake Constance (~2.5 hours), or the Black Forest (~3 hours).

Carina.Silberer at
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