The Department for Computational Linguistics of the Heinrich Heine
University Duesseldorf, Germany, invites applications for a PhD
position in natural language processing (German scale TV-L E13 65%).

The position starts in July 2017 and ends in June 2021. The candidate
will pursue a PhD project in the ERC project TreeGraSP (head of the project is Prof. Dr. Laura
Kallmeyer) on automatic grammar induction and grammar

TreeGraSP is a project that bridges between rich linguistic theory and
data-driven approaches to large scale statistical grammar induction
and to semantic parsing. The novelty of its approach consists in
putting semantics at the center of grammar theory, putting an emphasis
on multilinguality and typological diversity, and adopting a
constructional approach to grammar by using tree-based grammar
frameworks such as Tree Adjoining Grammar (TAG) and Role and Rerence
Grammar (RRG).

The PhD project is in particular concerned with the automatic
(probabilistic) metagrammar factorization of an existing TAG or
RRG. It will be conducted in cooperation with the University of
Orléans, France.


* Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics or Computer Science
* Solid programming skills
* Background in grammar theory (syntax)
* Background in data-driven natural language processing
* Knowledge of English (knowledge of German is not a prerequisite)

Applications should include:

- Cover letter outlining interest in the position
- Names of two referees
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with publications (if applicable)
- Copy of MA degree

For further questions, please send an email to

Applications should be sent in electronic form to

Prof. Dr. Laura Kallmeyer
Institut fuer Sprache und Information
Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf
Universitaetsstr. 1
D-40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
Phone +49 (0)211 8113899, Fax +49 (0)211 8111325
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