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Doctoral Researcher positions

AIPHES is filling several positions for three years, starting on April 1st, 2018. Positions remain open until filled.

PhD-level Researchers in Natural Language Processing, 
Computational Linguistics,  Machine Learning, or related areas

The positions provide the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree in the research area of the training group with an emphasis, e.g., in graph-based discourse processing, in natural language processing tasks such as automated summarization, in representation and analysis of text-induced structures, in jointly analyzing text and images, or in a related area. The group will be located in Darmstadt and Heidelberg. The funding follows the guidelines of the DFG, and the positions are paid according to the E13 public service pay scale.

The goal of AIPHES is to conduct innovative research in knowledge acquisition on the Web in a cross-disciplinary context. To that end, methods in computational linguistics, natural language processing, machine learning, network analysis, computer vision, and automated quality assessment will be developed. AIPHES will investigate a novel, complex scenario for information preparation from heterogeneous sources. It interacts closely with end users who prepare textual documents in an online editorial office, and who should therefore profit from the results of AIPHES. In-depth knowledge in one of the above areas is desirable but not a prerequisite.

Participating research groups at the Technische Universität Darmstadt are Knowledge Engineering (Prof. Fürnkranz), Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (Prof. Gurevych), Machine Learning (Prof. Kersting), Visual Inference (Prof. Roth), Algorithmics (Prof. Weihe). Participants at Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg are the Institute for Computational Linguistics (Prof. Frank) and the Natural Language Processing Group (Prof. Strube) of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). 

AIPHES emphasizes close contact between the students and their advisors, have regular joint meetings, a co-supervision by professors and younger scientists in the research groups, and an intensive exchange as part of the research and qualification program. The training group has the goal of publishing its results at leading scientific conferences and will actively support its doctoral researchers in this endeavor. The software that will be developed in the course of AIPHES should be put under the open source Apache Software License 2.0 if possible. Moreover, the research papers and datasets should be published with open access models.


We are looking for exceptionally qualified candidates with a degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, or a related study program. We expect ability to work independently, personal commitment, team and communication abilities, as well as the willingness to cooperate in a multi-disciplinary team. Desirable is experience in scientific work. Applicants should be willing to work with German-language texts, and, if necessary, to acquire German language skills during the training program. We specifically invite applications of women. Among those equally qualified, handicapped applicants will receive preferential consideration. International applications are particularly encouraged.

The Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt is regularly ranked among the top ones in respective rankings of German universities. The Institute for Computational Linguistics (ICL) of the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg is one of the largest centers for computational linguistics both in Germany and internationally. The ICL and the NLP department of the HITS jointly run the graduate program “Semantic Processing” with an integrated research training group “Coherence in language processing: Semantics beyond the sentence”, which has a close connection to the topics in computational linguistics of AIPHES.

Applications should include a motivational letter that refers to one or two of the planned research areas of AIPHES, a CV with information about the applicant’s scientific work, certifications of study and work experience, as well as a thesis or other publications in electronic form. Application materials should be submitted via the following form: In addition, applicants should be prepared to solve a programming and a reviewing task in the first two weeks after their application.


Internship applications can be submitted at any time and are subject to availability.

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