Associate Research Scientist

Associate Research Scientist in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab at the Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Germany has several openings for an

Associate Research Scientist (PostDoc- or PhD-level; for an initial term of two to three years, depending on the project)

We are looking to strengthen the lab’s profile in several areas of Machine Learning (ML) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Potential topics include but are not limited to: (i) representation learning, (ii) question answering, (iii) conversational AI, and (iv) human-in-the-loop ML and NLP. We work with text and increasingly with multimodal content. Along with research results, we deliver novel datasets and scalable NLP frameworks, such as S-BERT or AdapterHub.

We are looking for applications from candidates in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing or Text Mining. Prior experience with neural network architectures, reinforcement learning and other relevant areas of NLP and Machine Learning is a plus. Demonstrable engagement in open-source projects, strong programming skills and communication skills in English are highly appreciated.

The research group comprises over thirty team members working on various aspects of data-driven NLP and machine learning. Their novel applications extend to mining scientific literature or social media, and AI for the Social Good in general. UKP Lab provides a highly agile, diverse and supportive research environment with a wide cooperation network of both leading academic and industrial partners. The Department of Computer Science of the TU Darmstadt is regularly ranked among the top ones in respective rankings of the German universities. Its unique profile around AI (cf. and information processing (cf. emphasizes NLP, machine learning and their great potential for the industry and society at large.

UKP Lab is committed to cutting-edge research, publishing in top-tier venues, cooperative work style and close interaction of all team members. The selected candidates enjoy diverse opportunities for professional growth, leading to successful faculty careers or exciting industrial employments. Darmstadt is very close to the Frankfurt airport and provides an excellent living environment for incoming staff members. There is an ELLIS unit in Darmstadt, and Iryna Gurevych is co-director of the ELLIS NLP program.

The position assumes that you can move to Darmstadt or a nearby German location. It is currently not possible to provide remote employment opportunities that would allow you to work from another country.

To apply, please provide a detailed CV, a motivation letter and an outline of previous work or research experience along with the names of up to three referees (if available). Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged. All other things being equal, candidates with disabilities will be given preference. Please submit your application via the following form by April 6th, 2021: Applications arriving after the deadline will still be considered until the position is filled.