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3-year doctoral positions on Intelligent Computer Assisted Language Learning (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%)

Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology

Application deadline : 14.10.2022

The Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology is currently inviting applications for the following two positions:

3-year doctoral positions on Intelligent Computer Assisted Language Learning (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%)

We are looking for two excellent doctoral candidates who are motivated to work on the interdisciplinary field of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), more specifically focusing on Intelligent Computer Assisted Language Learning (ICALL). The positions are part of a new AI research group funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by Dr. Xiaobin Chen, who will also act as the primary supervisor of the doctoral candidates. The research focuses of the positions will be on developing a second language knowledge extraction technology that is applicable to model second language domain and learner knowledge. Applicants with backgrounds in any of the following or related fields are encouraged to apply: computational linguistics, natural language processing, second language acquisition, TESOL, applied linguistics.

The positions come with 3-year contracts and candidates are expected to start as soon as possible. However, individual starting dates are negotiable to accommodate the candidates’ individual circumstances.

The Hector Research Institute is a nationally and internationally leading research centre in education and psychology. Currently, around 80 scientists are tackling questions related to educational processes and educational attainment with a uniquely interdisciplinary approach combining knowledge from the fields of psychology, education sciences, and many more (e.g., computational linguistics, neuroscience, sociology, artificial intelligence, etc.). More information can be found at https://www.hib.uni-tuebingen.de

The doctoral candidates will benefit from unique opportunities, including:

  • Close collaboration, mentoring, and professional development from a supervisory team
  • Work with an inspiring, multidisciplinary, and international team that includes many other talented PhD candidates
  • Supportive environment to enable presentations at national and international conferences and publications in highly ranked journals to advance an (international) academic career
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary and international exchange programs (e.g., lab visits)
  • Membership in the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network (https://www.lead.uni-tuebingen.de)

Graduates (and applicants about to graduate) with a master’s degree in computational linguistics, natural language processing, second language acquisition, TESOL, or applied linguistics with excellent grades and a strong interest in interdisciplinary research are encouraged to apply. Experience and interest in quantitative research methodologies (using R, SPSS, Stata, Mplus, etc.) are desirable.

Knowledge of AI technologies, programming skills, and educational research experience are preferred but not necessary.

For further inquiries about the position, please reach out to Dr. Xiaobin Chen: xiaobin.chenspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

How to apply?
Please send the following documents in one single PDF file via email with the subject line “POLKE-AP1” to jobsspam prevention@hib.uni-tuebingen.de  by October 14, 2022:
1. Cover letter detailing (1) your motivation to pursue a doctoral degree in Tübingen, and (2) your past experience related to the position
2. CV
3. Degree(s) and other certificates with transcripts
4. Reference letters (optional)

Disabled candidates will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants. The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply for these positions. Employment will be conducted by the central university administration.

According to the general pay scale of German universities, the salary will be “E 13TV-L”. This corresponds to a monthly salary of at least EUR 3.141 (75% position, gross pay, before tax). After taxes as a single (i.e. not married or living with a life partner; no children), the monthly salary is at least EUR 2.017 (net salary after taxes and health insurance payments). Your income will increase annually if you remain employed. Information regarding cost of living in Tübingen: https://tuebingenresearchcampus.com/tuebingen/