The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab at the Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Germany has two openings for an

Associate Research Scientist
(PostDoc- or PhD-level; for an initial term of two years)

to strengthen the group’s profile in the areas of Interactive Machine Learning (IML) or Computational Argumentation (CA). The UKP Lab is a research group comprising over 30 team members who work on various aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP), of which Interactive Machine Learning and Computational Argumentation are the rapidly developing focus areas in collaboration with partners in research and industry.

We ask for applications from candidates in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning or Natural Language Processing, preferably with expertise in research and development projects, and strong communication skills in English and German.
– The successful applicant in the area of interactive machine learning will work on research activities regarding its application to end-user content annotation, information structuring and recommendation, or semantic text analysis, and development activities to create the corresponding product prototypes.
– The successful applicant in the area of Computational Argumentation will work on research activities in analyzing the discourse of future professionals while reasoning to automatically access their argumentation quality given small amounts of training data, and development activities for the research prototype.
Prior work in the above areas is a definite advantage. Ideally, the candidates should have demonstrable experience in designing and implementing complex (NLP and/or ML) systems, experience in information retrieval, large-scale data processing and large-scale knowledge bases, and strong programming skills incl. Java. Experience with neural network architectures is a strong plus. Combining fundamental NLP research on Interactive Machine Learning or Computational Argumentation with practical applications in different domains will be highly encouraged.

UKP’s wide cooperation network both within its own research community and with partners from research and industry provides an excellent environment for the position to be filled. The Department of Computer Science of TU Darmstadt is regularly ranked among the top ones in respective rankings of German universities. Its unique research initiative “Knowledge Discovery in the Web”  and the Research Training Group “Adaptive Information Processing of Heterogeneous Content” (AIPHES) <https://www.aiphes.tu-darmstadt.de> funded by the DFG emphasize NLP, machine learning, text mining, as well as scalable infrastructures for the assessment and aggregation of knowledge. UKP Lab is a highly dynamic research group committed to high-quality research results, technologies of the highest industrial standards, cooperative work style and close interaction of team members working on common goals.

Applications should include a detailed CV, a motivation letter and an outline of previous working or research experience (if available).

Applications from women are particularly encouraged. All other things being equal, candidates with disabilities will be given preference. Please send the applications to: jobs(a-t)ukp.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de by 15.12.2016. The positions are open until filled. Later applications may be considered if the position is still open.

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