Saarland University is a campus university that is internationally recognized for its strong research programmes.
Fostering young academic talent and creating ideal conditions for teaching and research are a core part of the
university’s mission. As part of the University of the Greater Region, Saarland University enables students and staff
to share and exchange knowledge and ideas between disciplines, between universities and across borders. With
over 17,000 national and international students, studying more than a hundred different academic disciplines,
Saarland University is a diverse and dynamic learning environment. [Saarland University is officially recognized as
one of Germany’s family-friendly higher-education institutions and with a combined workforce of more than 4,000
it is one of the largest employers in the region.]


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A postdoctoral research assistant position is available in the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center
“Information Density and Linguistic Encoding” (SFB1102), working with Jun. Prof. Annemarie Verkerk. SFB1102 is
a large and varied Research Center that includes 16 research projects in the areas of computational linguistics,
psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. The aim of this postdoctoral research assistantship is to help write a
grant proposal for the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft); and to aid in research using cross-linguistic
corpora. The post is a full-time fixed term position of 2 years. This position will require an individual with
expertise in corpus linguistics and the analysis of large linguistic datasets. The objective is to explore patterns of
information structure, especially those relating to uniformity of information density, across registers and
languages. You will have a PhD in corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, linguistic typology, anthropological
linguistics, or a similar field. It is essential that you have experience applying for external funding, and highly
desirable that you have experience applying for funding with DFG. (Note that while the position requires a
doctoral degree, applications by people who have not yet finished their degree by the time of application, but will
have submitted their thesis by the starting date or shortly thereafter, are encouraged.)

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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About Saarland University

Saarland University is a modern university within the Saar-Lor-Lux region – a dynamic part of Europe defined by the shared borders between Germany, France and Luxembourg. An international perspective has been a defining feature of Saarland University ever since it was established in cooperation with France in 1948. Today, 15,000 young people are studying in Saarbrücken and Homburg (Faculty of Medicine), 17 per cent of whom are international students.