Open Position

Three year PhD position at the Center for Information and Language Processing (CIS), University of Munich (LMU) (FILLED)


We are looking for a PhD student interested in transfer learning in natural language processing. The candidate will work on the “Transfer Learning for Hate Speech Detection” project which focuses on supporting various hate speech detection scenarios in low-resource setups, such as low-resource languages or domains. The main goal is to leverage already existing resources in order to build high quality models for the target scenarios.


We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher for three years. Starting date is as soon as possible. The salary amounts to TV-L E13 (roughly 52,000 EUR gross income per year). The position is open until filled.

The “Transfer Learning for Hate Speech Detection” project is funded by the German Science Foundation. It is led by Dr. Viktor Hangya in the research group of Prof. Alexander M. Fraser at the Center for Information and Language Processing (CIS), University of Munich (LMU). The group has multiple activities with other groups at CIS, such as the groups led by Prof. Barbara Plank and Prof. Hinrich Schuetze, as well as with the Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML) providing ample opportunities to collaborate with other researchers.

Other than the research related to the doctoral program, the candidate is expected to assist in teaching duties, such as giving presentations at student seminars or proposing and leading bachelor and master theses.


Ideal PhD candidates have a master in computer science, computational linguistics or a related discipline, a strong interest in natural language processing and machine learning, excellent mathematical and programming skills, are team players and fluent in English.


Please send CV, transcript or records, a copy of your Master’s thesis and a motivation letter stating your research interests, as well as two reference letters to hangyav[at], subject: “PhD application”. Send all documents as a single PDF, give the PDF a name that includes your name.


LMU is strongly committed to diversity and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


CIS is located in the city center of Munich near the English Garden, one of the world’s largest urban public parks. Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is a vibrant international city with many cultural and recreational offerings, including the nearby Alps.