Sujet de these: PhD Positions in NLP and Education, LEAD graduate school, University of Tuebingen

Thierry Hamon hamon at LIMSI.FR
Sat May 17 18:22:12 UTC 2014

Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 17:00:08 +0200
From: Detmar Meurers <dm at>
Message-ID: <20140514150008.GB95210 at>

The LEAD Graduate School invites applications for

         up to six three-year doctoral positions or stipends
                        starting October 2014

We welcome applications from students interested in research at the
intersection of linguistics, computational linguistics / NLP and

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- language technology and educational assessment
- language complexity in educational contexts, for instance language
  learning or domain-specific discourse, for instance math education
- NLP and clinical psychology, such as analyzing linguistic correlates
  of ADHD
- intelligent tutoring systems (extending activity types, feedback,
  learner modeling)
- linguistic analysis and/or computational modeling of learner language
  in Second Language Acquisition Research (SLA)
- SLA-motivated input enhancement and ICALL
- integrating cognitive and linguistic modeling in educational contexts

- Successfully or nearly finished MA or MSc or equivalent degree in
  linguistics, computational linguistics, language technology, computer
  science, cognitive science, psychology, or a related field
- excellent grades and a strong interest in conducting research from an
  interdisciplinary perspective
- ideal candidates bring in linguistic and computational background,
  programming experience, and strong interest in educational science and

The interdisciplinary Graduate School "Learning, Educational
Achievement, and Life Course Development" (LEAD) is situated at the
University of Tübingen.  LEAD PhD candidates benefit from:
- A prestigious, internationally focused and interdisciplinary PhD
  program funded by the German Excellence Initiative;
- Regular thesis discussions with peers and supervisory teams, plus
  retreats, lectures and workshops by international guest researchers
- Individual and project funds to support research and training
- Training and research support from the LEADing Research Center
- LEAD support systems for families, equal opportunity, and diversity

Applications should include a completed application cover sheet, a CV,
degree certificates and transcripts (or documentation of degree about to
be obtained), two letters of recommendation, a statement of research
interest and experience, and a motivation letter describing your
interest in obtaining a PhD in LEAD.  The related forms can be found at:

Application deadline:  June 22, 2014

Please contact potential advisors from the LEAD faculty to discuss your
interests and potential PhD projects before applying. The faculty
members in the "Language" intersection of LEAD can be found at

For informal inquiries contact:

Dr. Magdalena Wolska <magdalena.wolska at>

Prof. Dr. Detmar Meurers <dm at>

Send all application documents in one single pdf attachment via email to
the Director of the LEAD Graduate School, Prof.  Dr.  Ulrich Trautwein,
at ulrich.trautwein at, no later than June 22,
2014. Applications beyond this date are welcome and may be taken into
account as further positions become available.  Note that interviews
will be scheduled for July 15/16, 2014.

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer regarding
professional opportunities for women and men.  Equally qualified
candidates with physical challenges will be given preference.
Employment will be conducted by the central university administration.

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