Research Associate
March 2019 – Present Hamburg, Germany
Project: DGS-Korpus
Tasks: Use of machine learning and other NLP techniques to enable automatic corpus enhancements, offer assistive user functions and to perform quantitative corpus analysis.
Software Engineering Intern
May 2016 – August 2016 Zürich, Switzerland
Group: Privacy Infrastructure
Task: Sentiment Analysis and Linguistic Processing.
Doctoral Researcher
October 2014 – January 2019 Saarbrücken, Germany
Project: Resource- and data-intensive methods for robust fine-grained sentiment analysis.
Tasks: Data-driven sentiment analysis on the phrase level, focus on polarity shifting.
Doctoral Researcher
April 2013 – March 2015 Saarbrücken, Germany
Project: AcListant
Tasks: Grammar Design, FST-based Labeling Techniques, Annotation Tool Development, Language Modelling and Information Processing in ASR.
Student Research Assistant
August 2010 – March 2012 Saarbrücken, Germany
Project: THESEUS
Tasks: Development in Java, Ontology Processing.
Student Research Assistant
August 2008 – December 2009 Saarbrücken, Germany
Project: AMIDA
Tasks: Development in Java, Natural Language Generation.


Doctor of Philosophy: Computational Linguistics
November 2013 – August 2019 Saarbrücken, Germany
Thesis: Sentiment Polarity Shifters: Creating Lexical Resources through Manual Annotation and Bootstrapped Machine Learning
Research Group: Language and Signal Processing (LSV)
Supervisors: Prof. Dietrich Klakow, Michael Wiegand
Visiting Researcher
April 2012 – September 2012 Los Angeles, USA
Research Topic: Metaphor Detection in the Governance Domain.
Supervisor: Prof. Eduard Hovy
Master of Science: Language Science and Technology
April 2011 – November 2013 Saarbrücken, Germany
Thesis: Metaphor Detection through Term Frequency
Supervisor: Prof. Dietrich Klakow
Erasmus Student Exchange
September 2009 – May 2010 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Bachelor of Science: Computational Linguistics
October 2007 – March 2011 Saarbrücken, Germany
Thesis: Investigations on State Space Clustering in Reinforcement Learning
Supervisor: Prof. Dietrich Klakow


Hamburg Summer School on Language Documentation and Corpus Technology
October 2019 – October 2019 Hamburg University

Lecture 1: Data Visualisation - Using Graphs and more to Evaluate and Present your Data
Co-taught with Daniel Jettka and Thomas Hanke

Lecture 2: OpenPose for Linguists
Co-taught with Maren Brumm and Thomas Hanke

Introduction to Python Programming
October 2015 – February 2016 Saarland University
Sentiment Analysis
April 2015 – July 2015 Saarland University
Opinion Holder and Target Extraction for German,
October 2014 – February 2015 Saarland University


May 2017 – November 2019 Saarland University
May 2018 – November 2019: First Chairman
May 2017 – May 2018: Second Chairman

“Friends of LST” is the alumni network of the freshly merged computational linguistics and translation department. We organise networking events for former and current members, supports social events for department, etc.
Committee Member
January 2017 – October 2017 Saarland University
For the 25th anniversary of the department of computational linguistics and phonetics we organised a celebration to which all current and former members of the department were invited. I was in charge of handling the invitations, which involved compiling the list of invitees, determining their current contact information, managing RSVPs and handling any other correspondence.
Team Member
Bachelorpool CL
January 2013 – December 2015 Saarland University

The outreach team Bachelorpool organises events to inform the public about computational linguistics. Among the events we regularly participate in are:

  • Girl’s Day: Introducing girls aged 10–16 to STEM subjects.
  • UniCamp: 5-day event for girls aged 12–15 comprised of half-day STEM workshops.
  • Open House: Presentations and demonstrations for the general public.
Council Member
January 2013 – December 2015 Universität des Saarlandes

The student council (Fachschaftsrat) provides a variety of services to the department of computational linguistics:

  • Introductory events for new students
  • Individual advice and support
  • Departmental social activities, such as breakfast buffets and the summer BBQ
  • Student-lecturer mediation
  • Acquisitions for the student body, such as a study room fitted with lockers and leather sofas

Summer Schools

European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI)
Lisbon Machine Learning School (LxMLS)


Innovation award: Landmarks in the Land of Ideas
Awarded to the department of computational linguistics at Saarland University for the AcListant project, of which I was a member as part of my doctoral studies. The project was honoured for its contributions to improving the working conditions of air traffic controllers.
ERASMUS exchange stipend