———-The time limit for submission of applications is extended to 1 May 2018———-

1 PhD positions (TV-L E13, 100%) start on October 1, 2018

Reg.-Nr. 63/2018

Within the scope of the DFG- funded research training group 2041/1 „Romanticism as a Model. Variation – Scope – Relevance” at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

is offering a research position in the field of

Computational linguistics or Digital Humanities (major in Automated Language Processing)

starting 01.10.2018

The term “romantic, is like the continuous modernization of romantic concepts and practices,  present in a wide range of social and cultural contexts.   According to the fundamental premise of the Research Training Group, romanticism operates over and above its historical roots, providing models for modern forms of interpreting the world, for self-reflection, aesthetic design and daily life.  In the research training group, current model theories will be utilized for research in the social sciences and the humanities, so as to create a methodical framework for analytical work in different disciplines and provide heterogeneous objects of research.  Philological dissertations (German Studies, Romance Studies, English Studies, American Studies) as well as German Linguistics (with a specialisation in Computational linguistics or Digital Humanities) Musicology, Theology, History of Science, Science of History and Sociology can explore the reception and exemplary role of Romanticism in different cultural and national contexts so that behind the diversity of phenomena, stable structures are developed.

For the doctorate in the field of German Linguistics, a major in computer linguistics is required; for Digital Humanities, a specialization in automatic language processing is required. Methodical expertise in machine learning/deep learning, (diachrony)Corpus linguistics, empirical-experimental analysation of data, semantic technologies or in other similar fields is required. In addition to the afore-mentioned, a willingness to address oneself to the construct “Romanticism” in an interdisciplinary, social-sciences and humanities infused environment, is expected.

The research program includes vocational training which provides practical elements in addition to academic instruction. Through work-shadowing, projects and internships, doctoral students can get a glimpse into the work of our collaborators in poets’ houses(writers’ retreats), museums, in non-profit foundations, in municipal marketing and cultural journalism.

The practical elements inherent in this program create possibilities for knowledge-transfer, bring research and extramural (non-university)contexts together and prepares the doctoral students for careers in these areas.

More information on the training concept of the research group as well it‘ s scientific goals can be found here:

Qualification Requirements

  • University degree in Computation Linguistics or Digital Humanities with a major in automatic language processing.
  • The planned dissertation project must be aligned with the research profile of the research training group “Romanticism as a Model”

Primary assignments

  • International research in Computational Linguistics or Digital Humanities within the context of a dissertation
  • Active participation in the study program of the Research Training Group

This is a full time, fixed-term position until 30.09.2021. Remuneration complies with the provisions of the collective pay agreement for the public sector (TV-L), based on personal qualification and until category E13. Applications from severely disabled students with equal suitability, aptitude and similar qualifications will be given preferential consideration.

Applications with project outlines (5-10 Pages, Arial, one-half spacing, 12pt) should include the following: CV, relevant referees, letter of motivation, an electric version of your final thesis and a letter of recommendation from a university lecturer. These are to be submitted in electronic form only by 01.05.2018 to The documents should be sent singly,  in pdf format with surname and data type in the document name (“bloggs_cv, bloggs_expose).

Interviews will be held in Jena on 24.05.2018.

Please direct any enquires regarding this vacancy to:

The Spokesperson of the Research Training Group “Romanticism as a Model”

Prof. Dr. Stefan Matuschek


Tel.: 03641 944 240


the Research Co-ordinator of the Research Training Group “Romanticism as a Model”
Dr. Sandra Kerschbaumer

Tel.: 03641 944 191