University of Zurich : PhD Position in Computational Linguistics

The Institute of Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich is looking for a PhD student to carry out research in the project “Automated Detection of Styleguide Violations in Legislative Drafts.”
The project aims at developing methods and tools for automated style checking in the domain of legislative editing (


- Licentiate or Master degree in Computational Linguistics or a related field
- Languages: good command of German and English
- Good programming skills
The PhD student will be expected to work closely with the members of our team on:
- Processing (tokenizing, part-of-speech tagging, parsing, …) Swiss legislative texts written in German
- Building an annotated corpus of Swiss legislative texts
- Implementing a user-friendly front-end for a legislative style checker
- Developing strategies for the detection of specific components of legislative texts
- Salary according to the Swiss National Science Foundation rules (40,000 CHF – 46,000 CHF annually)
- Additional earnings through teaching assignments possible
- Support for conference and summer school attendance
- Small and enthusiastic team
- High standard of living in one of the most attractive European cities: Zurich
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess
Project leader: Dr. Stefan Hoefler
The position can be filled immediately and has secured funding for 36 months.
Please send your CV, your academic record and a short letter of interest by 22 June 2011 to:
Dr. Stefan Hoefler (