Open Positions

There is currently 1 open funded position (see text below). In addition, I always consider applications of self-funded candidates (with stipends). If you contact me, please make plausible how your research ideas fit into the interests of the group and how your background would enable you to do study in our area. I will not reply to requests that do not make this very clear.

(Posted 2017-03-17)


Bielefeld University invites applications for ONE research position (“wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in”, 50%) starting in 2017. Deadline for Applications: April 13 2017. Earliest starting time: July 1st 2017.

[ Official text (in German) here. This English version is for information purposes only. ]

The successful candidate will be member of the Computational Linguistics / Dialogue Systems Group at the Faculty for Linguistics and Literature of the University, and will be supervised by Prof. David Schlangen. A current focus of this group is incremental dialogue processing, with a particular interest in perceptually grounded incremental interpretation and generation [1]. Interest in these topics or generally in dialogue systems and human/machine interaction will be expected of the candidate.

Ideal candidates have an excellent degree in Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, or Computer Science, and have shown ability for conducting original research. Prior work on dialogue systems, spoken language processing, or vision/language processing would be a definite plus. Good programming skills are important, a keen interest in problem solving and research is essential.

Funding is provided by a 50 % position as Research Assistant (“wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in”, TVL-13 payscale; 50 % amounts to between 1,700 – 2,500 € p.m., depending on age and experience [2]), which comes with a teaching requirement of 2 hours per semester. The contract will be for 3 years. If filled at the pre-PhD level, the selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract. Available funds permitting, increase of funding to a 100% position is possible.


The Computational Linguistics / Dialogue Systems Group (DSG) was established in 2010 as part of the Faculty of Linguistics and Literature at Bielefeld University. The Faculty has a long tradition of work on Dialogue, in collaboration with the Technical Faculty / Computer Science. DSG is also affiliated with CITEC, the “Center of Excellence: Cognitive Interaction Technology”, which is a large-scale research center for intelligent systems and cognitive interaction between humans and technical systems, bringing together computer scientists, biologists, physicists, sports scientists, linguists and psychologists with the aim to understand the processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction. These activities underline the status of Bielefeld as one of the premier locations for researching dialogue and interaction in general.

The mission of the Dialogue Systems Group is to understand the mechanics of spontaneous, situated dialogic interaction and to apply this understanding to the creation of novel human-machine interfaces. From this follows our focus on both detailed empirical work as well as on computational methods for modeling language behaviour and related behaviours. A particular current interest is the modeling of incremental (or “online”) language understanding and production in situated physical contexts.

Bielefeld is a mid-sized city in the center of Germany. It is a pretty, quiet place, surrounded by beautiful forests offering many possibilites for recreational outdoor activities. Bielefeld is connected to Germany’s high-speed rail system, and its central location means that most metropolitan areas in Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf / Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg) can be reached easily.


To apply, please send (in electronic form, as one single PDF)
- a statement of research interests and/or a sketch of a possible PhD project within the parameters explained above;
- a CV, including details of research experience, if any;
- copy of course transcripts (class titles & grades) and, if already in hand, graduation documents
- if applicable, (links to) sample publications and / or sample programming code; and
- names and details of at least two referees
to the address below.

Deadline for Applications: April 13 2017. Later applications may be considered, if position not yet filled.

Applications from applicants with severe disabilities, or equivalent,
are expressly encouraged.

Bielefeld University has repeatedly been awarded for its successes in
working towards gender equality, and is a certified “family friendly
University”. Applications from women are strongly encouraged,
especially in the areas of technology, IT, and manufacturing. Applications will be dealt with in accordance to state laws.

If you would like to get further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Schlangen at the address below.

Prof. Dr. David Schlangen
Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
and Excellence Cluster “Cognitive Interaction Technology” (CITEC)
Bielefeld University
Postfach/Postbox 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld

[1] Information about current projects and publications can be found at