There is currently (March 2023) one funded opening.

I sometimes accept self-funded PhD students, if the research interests are sufficiently aligned. If you have an idea for a project (and a source of funding, such as DAAD or your national funding agency), let’s talk.

I also sometimes accept research interns (advanced Master’s students) for the summer. I have had interns that brought their own funding (RISE, DAAD), and have in exceptional cases also provided funding for interns recommended by other labs I have collaborated with.

Note: If you cold email me, tell me exactly where you see a connection between your idea and our research. Just mentioning a (random) paper title is not enough. If I don’t see an actual engagement with our work, I will have to ignore the email – I simply cannot answer all the unsolicited requests I get.

Research Assistant / PhD Student, 3 Years

We are looking to fill a research position (wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter*in, 75% TV-L) for November 1st, 2023, in the Computational Linguistics / NLP group led by David Schlangen at the University of Potsdam.

The position comes with a small teaching load (3 hours per semester), but is mostly a research position offering time to work towards a PhD, on a topic relevant to the research interests of the group. (Language & vision, interaction / dialogue, embodied AI / human-robot interaction, self-explaining agents; see

The ideal candidate has an excellent degree in a related field (Computational Linguistics, Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology), strong programming skills, strong writing skills, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to carry a research project through.

  • Deadline for applications: March 31st 2023

  • The Department of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam is a great place with many research activities (collaborative research center in linguistics; part of the University’s “designated research focus” on cognitive science); popular CL/NLP BA and MSc (taught in English); well established contacts with NLP industry in Berlin / Potsdam area.

  • Potsdam and the general Berlin/Potsdam metropolitan area is a great place to live.

To apply, send

a) a statement of research interests, relating them to the research of the group;
b) electronic copies of your degree certificates;
c) a CV with a list of publications, code repositories, etc, (if such already exists; otherwise, any other kind of writing and coding samples);
d) the names of references,

to David Schlangen ( ), by email.

For any enquiries, please also contact David Schlangen.