Received from Joachim Wermter, 24 March 2006

The Jena University Language and Information Engineering (JULIE) Lab at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universitšt in Jena, Germany, invites applications for a research position (at doctoral and post-doc level) in the field of information extraction and text mining (major application areas are biology and medicine). The position has a minimum duration of three years and can be filled immediately. The salary is approx. 40,000 Euros/year, according to German public service pay scale.

Our work focuses on developing NLP methods for extracting biomedical information from online literature and databases and building biomedical knowledge bases and ontologies on the basis of automatic text analysis.

Skills in one or more of the following areas are required: text mining, information extraction, named entity recognition, and/or ontology development. Knowledge/Experience in Machine Learning applied to NLP is essential. The applicant should have programming skills in Java and Perl as well as experience with XML. S/he should be able to acquire relevant biomedical background knowledge during the duration of the project. The applicant has a degree either in computational linguistics with a focus on machine learning or in computer science with a reasonable NLP background.

Applicants should either be fluent in German or in English. Applicants without German language competence are encouraged to acquire this skill on the job.

The JULIE Lab offers both a stimulating working environment and up-to-date computer hardware facilities. Our team enjoys a particularly fruitful work atmosphere and strives for high international research standards. Thus, applicants should be prepared to compete at an international scale. The Lab is a leading international research site in biomedical NLP research and participates in several large-scale projects and partnerships.

Jena University is an equal opportunity employer. The position remains open until filled.

Application Address:

Joachim Wermter
Fuerstengraben 30
Jena 07743