The University of Luxembourg invites applications for its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education, Institute for Luxembourgish language and literatures

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Linguistics (M/F)

  • Ref: R-AGR-3217-00-B
  • 14 months fixed-term contract, renewable up to 3 years, full-time (40h/week)
  • Student status (36 months studies programme)
  • Area: Computational Linguistics/Corpus Linguistics

Vos tâches

The PhD candidate will contribute to the STRIPS project, which aims at developing a toolbox of semantic search algorithms for the Luxembourgish Language. In this context, the term ‘semantic’ does not only refer to the usage of keywords, bag-of-words or named entities like names, geographic identifiers, et cetera, but fosters also on more complex structures, like for example on topics or sentiment in texts. Methodologically, the focus lies on natural language processing, on similarity learning (to allow fuzziness and to account for variability), and on the identification of temporal cross-dependencies. For evaluation, a large and heterogeneous text corpus provided by a Luxembourgish news company will be utilized. Since the project is carried together with the colleagues from the Computer Science Department, the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team is a basic requirement.

Votre profil

  • Master degree/Diploma in linguistics or equivalent.
  • Excellent background in computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, natural language processing, and/or information retrieval.
  • Very good competencies in German or Luxembourgish, and English.
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team.

Notre offre

The University offers a contract which is renewable up to 3 years. The selected candidate will work in an exciting international environment and will be a member of the Doctoral School of the faculty. The University is an equal opportunity employer.

Informations supplémentaires

Applications should be written in English and should include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • An executive summary of your Master Thesis (max 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including your contact address, academic/professional work experiences, and a list of academic publications (particularly: Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis)
  • A list of courses you have taken and a transcript of grades from all University-level courses.
  • Contact information of 2 independent referees or 2 independent reference letters

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application electronically via http://recruitment.uni.lu.
The submission deadline is June 8th, 2017.


Information can be obtained from Peter Gilles (peter.gilles@uni.lu; http://staff.uni.lu/peter.gilles).

A second position in this project is available in Computer Science.

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