The Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS) at the University of Stuttgart has an opening for a PhD student to work in the context of a new project on computational structural analysis of code-switching (i.e. alternating between languages in spoken or written communication), headed by Özlem Çetinoğlu .
The position is available in the context of the project SAGT  funded by the German Research Council (DFG). The successful candidate will develop tools and methods for core NLP tasks, such as normalisation, POS tagging, and parsing, for code-switched corpora, with a focus on Turkish-German.
The candidate for the position should have the following qualifications:
- excellent Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics or similar
- advanced knowledge of natural language processing
- strong programming skills in object-oriented and scripting languages
- excellent communication skills and interest in interdisciplinary work
- excellent command of written and oral English
The following skills will be considered as a plus:
- experience with machine learning methods, in particular deep learning
- knowledge of German and/or Turkish
The position will be available for three years, starting in Spring 2018 and open until filled. All applications received until 1st of March 2018 will receive full consideration. The salary is according to the German university payscale (TV-L 13, between 65% and 100% for Ph.D. student depending on qualifications, see e.g.  for details.
To apply, please send a full CV, transcripts, names of two references, and a letter of motivation bundled into a single PDF to Ozlem Cetinoglu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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) forms part of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical
Engineering, and has a history of
close collaborations with the Institute of Linguistics (e.g. SFB 732). It 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 linguistics.
The city of Stuttgart  is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany. It is a lively and international city, known for its strong economy and rich culture. 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 (<1.5 hours) or Lake Constance (~2.5 hours).