5 PhD Positions in Language Technology and Cognitive Systems


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Up to 5 PhD Scholarships Available in:

"Language Technology and Cognitive Systems"

International Research Training Group

Saarbruecken - Edinburgh

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) in Language Technology and Cognitive Systems announces the availability of up to 5 PhD positions beginning Oct. 1st, 2007. Established in 2001, the IRTG is a collaborative PhD programme between Saarland University and the University of Edinburgh - two leading institutions in the fields of computational linguistics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence. The participating institutes in Saarbruecken are Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, and Speech and Signal Processing. In Edinburgh, the College is supported by the School of Informatics, the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, and the Human Communication Research Centre.

Each scholarship is funded for two years, normally extendable for a third year. Doctoral degrees may be obtained in computational linguistics (also covers psycholinguistics), phonetics, or informatics,
from Saarland University. The official language of the programme is English. Distinguishing features of the cooperation include:

- Joint supervision of dissertations by lecturers from Saarbruecken and Edinburgh
- A six month research stay in Edinburgh
- An intensive research exchange programme between Saarbruecken and Edinburgh

The college focuses on the computational and cognitive foundations of human language processing, particularly emphasizing the following research areas:

- Cognitive and computational investigation of speech and language understanding
- Knowledge representation, inference, the lexicon, and ontologies
- Data-intensive and statistical language processing
- Dialogue, language generation and human language processing

For more information about the graduate college, including current staff and students, prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/projects/igk/

The scholarship currently provides EURO 1468 per month. Additional compensation includes family allowance (where applicable), travel funding, support for carrying out experiments, and an additional monthly allowance for the duration of the stay in Edinburgh. Applicants should hold a strong university degree equivalent to the German Diplom or Magister (e.g. Master's level) in a relevant discipline, and should not be more than 28 years of age. Women and international students are
particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: 30 April, 2007

Applications should be sent electronically to: igk-admin@coli.uni-sb.de

To be fully considered, please include:

- a curriculum vitae indicating degrees obtained, disciplines covered (e.g. list of courses ), publications, and other relevant experience
- a sample of written work (e.g. research paper, or dissertation, preferably in English)
- copies of high school and university certificates, and transcripts
- two references (e-mailed to the speaker by the reference authors before the deadline)
- a statement of research interests, previous knowledge and activities in any of the relevant research areas.

In case an application can only be submitted by regular post, it should be sent to:

Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker (Speaker)
Department of Computational Linguistics
Saarland University
P.O. Box 15 11 50
D-66041 Saarbruecken Germany
Tel. +49 (0)681 302-6560 - Fax +49 (0)681 302-6561
E-mail: igk-admin@coli.uni-sb.de
Internet: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/projects/igk