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 Ozlem Cetinoglu .
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
- 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 (
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).
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