[PlanetKR] Open PhD/Postdoc position at the DWS Group, Mannheim (Germany)

Camilo Thorne camilo.thorne at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 23:45:55 EST 2015

Apologies for cross-postings.

Open PhD/Postdoc position at the DWS Group, Mannheim

A position is currently open for a (highly motivated) PhD student or early
Postdoc at the Data and  Web
Science (DWS) Group at the University of Mannheim, Germany, starting this

She/he will work on a project on entity-centric information extraction for
the finance domain. The project will
involve close collaboration with a local company that develops financial
software, and will proceed under
direction of Prof. S. Ponzetto and Prof. H. Stuckenschmidt.

The aim of the project is to design and test new user-centric NLP-based
methodologies and services for the
personalized extraction of financial entities, events and relations from
heteregenous  data sources (webpages,
financial feeds, corporate databases).


The successful candidate must hold by the time of the appointment  a MSc or
PhD degree in
computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, or computer science.
She/he should have the following

- Mandatory:

(1) hold by the time of the appointment a MSc or PhD degree in
computational linguistics, artificial intelligence,
     or computer science,
(2) good software development skills in Java,
(3) knowledge of semantic web standards, resources and formalisms (SPARQL, OWL
and RDF ontologies, first
     order logic, linked data), and/or databases (SQL),
(4) knowledge of machine learning and/or statistical NLP (POS tagging,
NER, parsing,
chunking, text

- Nice to have:

(5) previous experience in either event extraction or recommendation systems
(6) Python and R, versioning systems, linux,
(7) constraint programming, (linear) optimization.


Good knowledge of English.


The position is intially for 12 months, but will be extended for up to 4
years. It will start sometime
from September-October 2015. Compensation will be competitive (3,000-4,000
euros gross per month)
and based on qualifications and experience. There will be also substantial
financial support for conference
travel and international outreach.


The University of Mannheim, is located in Mannheim (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannheim), in the heart of
the Rhineland, close to the business hubs of Frankfurt and Stuttgart, the
French border (Strasbourg)
and Germany's prime wine region. It regularly ranks among the top German
universities. The DWS group
(http://dws.informatik.uni-mannheim.de/en/home/) is known internationally
for its research in semantic
technologies, NLP, machine learning, data mining and knowledge-based

Deadline, contact:

We will consider applications on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate
is found. If you are interested, please
send a CV and a motivation letter to:

-- heiner at informatik.uni-mannheim.de (H. Stuckenschmidt)
-- camilo.thorne at gmail.com                 (C. Thorne)

**For informal enquiries, please contact C. Thorne**

(The University of Mannheim fosters equality of opportunities: minority and
female applicants are encouraged
  to apply)
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