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PhD Position in the Area of Natural Language Processing of Legal Documents

Last modified by Florian Matthes Jun 27
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The chair of Software Engineering for Business Information Systems (sebis) at the Technical University of Munich is looking for excellent candidates for a paid PhD position in the area of Natural Language Processing.

Your responsibilities 

  • Research & development projects in the area of NLU and NLG with a focus on legal documents in English and German
  • Contribution to teaching on Bachelor’s and Master’s levels
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master theses


We offer

  • Practice-oriented research projects with renowned partners from the administration, publishing industry, judiciary, medicine, customer protection, and other industries
  • Wide scope of possible NLU and NLG research topics and technologies, including but not limited to
    • Information Extraction, Named Entity Recognition, Surface Realization, Summarization, Anonymization
    • Word Embeddings, Rule Engines, Dependency Trees
  • Full-time position (100% TVL-E 13, fixed-term contract)
  • Great working environment in a young, dynamic team at one of the leading European universities
  • Opportunity to travel to prestigious international research conferences
  • Contribution to open-source projects and collaborations with start-ups and spin-offs
  • Excellent training and career support opportunities (courses, personal coaching)
  • An exciting, stimulating, and supportive work environment


Your qualifications

  • Distinguished Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Data Science or a similar field
  • Grounded theoretical knowledge and practical experience in Natural Language Processing (classical, rule-based and/or machine learning
  • Fundamental Software Engineering experience
  • Motivation to build innovative solutions involving industrial partners
  • Major interest in applying NLP technologies to problems and texts from the legal domain, including but not limited to:
    • Analysis of legal documents beyond the court
    • Exploration of cutting-edge, interdiscipinary topics such as homologation and regulatory compliance
    • Interaction with both technical and legal experts in the field of LegalTech
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to lead software development in distributed multicultural teams
  • Advanced German and English language skills


Application procedure

Please send your motivation letter, CV, and transcript of records to Prof. Florian Matthes ( 

We are looking forward to your application!


Important notes

Severely disabled persons are given preference in the case of essentially equal suitability and qualifications.

The TUM strives to increase the proportion of women; applications from women are therefore expressly welcomed.

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