13th March 2017

Nils Reiter

1 PhD Position in NLP

We are looking for candidates for a PhD position, to work in the interdisciplinary research project QuaDramA: Quantitative Drama Analytics, funded by Volkswagen Foundation and soon starting at University of Stuttgart.

The 2/3-position (paid according to the German TV-L system, level 13) is to be filled for maximally three years and open until filled. Applications are welcome anytime.

About QuaDramA

We investigate dramatic figures in German theatre plays from 1750 until 1900. We will combine and integrate qualitative, hermeneutic approaches with quantitative, computer-aided text analysis. The project aims at a) a new perspective on drama history and b) new methods and tools for the processing of dramatic texts on a large scale (you’ll find more about this project on our web page).

About the position

  • Master-level degree in computational linguistics or natural language processing.
  • Coreference resolution and domain adaptation will be the focusses of the NLP part of the project. Interest in these areas is presumed, past experiences are a plus.
  • Willingness to learn or proficiency in Java, Apache UIMA, R
  • Good command of the German language

General requirements

  • Willingness to learn, apply and reflect upon new methods and workflows
  • Interdisciplinary communication skills
  • Participation in regular local meetings
  • Ability to work in a team, interest in literary studies
  • Read, discuss and publish in English or German
  • Readiness to share project-related interim results publicly
  • Experiences in the digital humanities is a plus

Graduating and working at Stuttgart University

The PhD thesis should be related to the project and will be advised locally. Prof. Dr. Jonas Kuhn (Natural Language Processing) is available as a supervisor.

Stuttgart University offers ideal conditions for doctoral students, including for research in the area of Digital Humanities (that are represented with an original Master’s program). The so-called Stuttgarter Weg represents the interdisciplinary integration of engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and is encoded in the overall university concept. QuaDramA is one example of this concept.

Your Application

Please send your application anytime as a single PDF document to quadrama@ims.uni-stuttgart.de. If you have any questions, please feel invited to write us an email. Please include the following documents in your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Covering letter (max. 1 page)
  • Degree certificate
  • If applicable: Representative work sample for previous research
  • Excerpt from a self-written scientific paper (max. 3 pages, e.g., bachelor’s or master’s thesis; only applications for the PhD position in NLP)
  • Two references to university personnel (name and university), to be contacted by us

We advocate equal opportunities for women. The University of Stuttgart also wants to increase the proportion of female scientists. Women are therefore expressly invited to apply. Handicapped applicants will be given preference if equally qualified.



Dr. Marcus Willand
Neuere Deutsche Literatur II
Keplerstr. 17
70174 Stuttgart
Dr. Nils Reiter
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
Pfaffenwaldring 5b
70569 Stuttgart