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PhD Research Position

Location: Petanux GmbH, Bonn, and Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Closing Date:  March 1st, 2019

Interview Dates:  Throughout March-April 2019

Position starts: July 1st, 2019

Reference: Petanux GmBH (, L3S Research Center (Leibniz Universität Hanover,

The L3S Research Center is offering a PhD Researcher position in collaboration with Petanux GmBH, in the areas of Machine Learning, Data Mining, Semantic Technologies, and Natural Language Processing.  This position offers a unique interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and training programme, which will explore how we can begin to analyse and understand the major events that influence and shape our lives and our societies. It will facilitate advanced cross-lingual processing of textual and visual information related to key contemporary events at scale and will develop innovative methods for efficient and intuitive user access to and interaction with multilingual information.

A successful candidate will have a strong computer science background (outstanding MSc degree in Computer Science or related discipline) and solid practical experience in software development. Familiarity with semantic technologies, HCI, NLP, Information Extraction and Machine Learning is of advantage. Good proficiency in English is expected; knowledge of further European languages is helpful. International experience during your studies or afterward as well as well social and communication skills are helpful.  As a successful candidate, you will:

  • conduct research at the L3S Research Center/Petanux GmBH
  • be involved in writing research and project proposals
  • be expected to publish your research results in first-class conferences/journals
  • lead and contribute to software development and data analysis activities

Your research will focus on selected topics in the following areas:

  • Information extraction
  • Cross-lingual information alignment
  • Interactive access to cross-lingual information
  • Question answering and dialog systems
  • Large-scale data analytics
  • Knowledge graphs and RDF
  • Machine Learning

in a challenging and unique research environment.

The position is for three years (36 months) in the form of PhD scholarship. The scholarship amount is about 1,400 EUR per month.

Please submit your application including:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • copies of the relevant certificates
  • list of references
  • two copies of selected relevant publications, if exist.

preferably by email, to:

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nejdl
L3S Research Center
Appelstrasse 4
30167 Hannover, Germany

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered. In your email, please state the position ID (PNX-L3S-1901) in the subject of your email.