Research Scientist

Research scientists (m/f/d) in Natural Language Processing, UKP and TrustHLT research groups

The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab and the research group Trustworthy Human Language Technologies (TrustHLT) at the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany have four job openings for

Research scientists (m/f/d)

in the recently acquired projects funded by the National Research Center for Applied Cyber­security ATHENE in the research area of Security and Privacy in Artificial Intelligence (SenPAI).

These positions will focus on research questions related to privacy-preserving natural language processing. As part of our work in digital mental health, the project “Privacy-Aware Domain-Adaptive Medical NLP” will explore and evaluate different approaches to privacy methods for dataset creation and deep learning in the medical domain. This project covers a variety of tasks, from semi-automatic de-identification to synthetic training data generation and downstream tasks. The latter require research in large language models for clinical applications in close collaboration with experts from the psychiatric domain. The project “Protecting Privacy and Sensitive Information in Texts” touches the heart of privacy preservation in NLP and will explore a wide range of domain-agnostic techniques. A solid background in machine learning for natural language processing is essential, prior knowledge of formal privacy methods such as differential privacy, or experience in clinical NLP is a plus. The salary is based on the collective agreement applicable to the TU Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). The starting date is as soon as possible.


The ideal candidate holds a PhD (for a Post-Doc position) or Master degree (for a PhD position) in computer science, computational linguistics, machine learning, or a related discipline, has a strong interest in privacy in natural language processing, excellent analytical and programming skills, is a team player, and is fluent in English.


TU Darmstadt is strongly committed to diversity and particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Applications from female candidates are highly encouraged.


The Computer Science Department of the Technical University of Darmstadt is regularly ranked among the best in Germany. The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab (UKP Lab) in Darmstadt led by Prof. Iryna Gurevych offers an excellent research environment. The UKP Lab is committed to cutting-edge research, publishing in top-tier venues, cooperative work style, and close interaction of all team members. See for more details.

TrustHLT is an independent research group led by Dr. Ivan Habernal, appointed at the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University of Darmstadt. The group conducts research in the field of natural language processing with a focus on privacy-preserving technologies and legal argumentation, see for more details.


Please provide us with your CV including an outline of previous work or research experience, names of two referees, and a letter of motivation outlining your research interests. Submit your application via the following form by December 18, 2022: (please enter “ATHENE” as the name of the application position)

Applications arriving after the deadline will still be considered if the position is not filled yet.