Conditional on the formal funding decision, there is an opening for a PhD student position at University of Potsdam (Germany) in the field of Applied Computational Linguistics / Discourse Research Lab (headed by Prof. Manfred Stede). It is part of the BMBF cooperative project “Adaptive AI-supported Learning Assistant”, which has research partners in machine learning and education science, as well as a commercial application partner.

The position is available from February 01, 2021; it can be either full-time or split into two half-time positions. The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). The duration of the contract is for three years.

The overall goal of the project is to develop a prototypical system that assists a teacher in selecting and evaluating small learning tasks for individual students. For some of these, students’ responses may be short texts, and they are to receive suitable feedback on their answers. The prototype will be restricted to a range of subject areas and topics (to be defined with the partners). The object language is German. The Potsdam subproject deals with answer analysis and feedback production. Candidates thus should be experienced in robust text analysis and/or template-based text generation, have a working knowledge of German, and ideally have built software in client-server architectures (web services, REST etc.). An MSc degree in Computational Linguistics or Computer Science (with solid NLP knowledge) is necessary.

The candidate will have the following tasks in the project:
– design and implement a module for analyzing short text responses,
– design and implement a module for feedback generation,
– participate in defining the interfaces with the partners,
– support the coordination of the project.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The University of Potsdam strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and specifically encourages female applicants to apply for this position.


University of Potsdam



Educational level:

Master Degree

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