Marie Engemann

Scientist & Researcher

I recently finished my PhD in English Linguistics at the University of Düsseldorf, which consisted of 5 self-conceived subprojects that I managed and conducted myself.

I am highly skilled in data science, research and writing. I am an expert in the structure and usage of language. Furthermore, as a former media designer, I have professional knowledge of layouting and presenting data and information, both online and offline.

I am currently seeking a permanent position in a field that combines my versatile experience in academia and media design with my passion for data, research and coding.

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Curriculum Vitae

These are the highlights of my professional and academic career. If you are interested in an unabbreviated PDF version, contact me.

Mar 2023 - Mai 2023

think moto, Berlin

Conversation Designer & UX Researcher

I am working on chatbot projects in the area of conversation design, UX research and UX and accessible writing. I also support the development of chatbot flows in tools such as Cognigy.

Apr 2017 - Sept 2022

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

PhD Researcher

I wrote a dissertation "Paradigm uniformity effects in inflectional stems: Durational differences in production and perception" as part of the DFG research unit "Spoken Morphology". My dissertation and other parts of my research were published or presented as listed under publications.

A list of courses I taught can be viewed below in the section Teaching.

Oct 2014 - Mar 2017

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

Master of Arts

I completed my M.A. in the program Comparative Studies in English Language, Literature and Culture with a focus on English linguistics. The title of my M.A. thesis was "The Perception of Homophone Suffixes: The Case of Plural -s and Cliticised has".

During my M.A. studies, I had several part time jobs related to e-learning. One of the e-learning projects I created was Timelines to Visualize History.

During my M.A. studies, I also organized and presented at the student's conference "Breaking Boundaries", for which I also created the promotional material (poster and schedule).

My M.A. studies were financially supported from 2014-2016 by the "Deutschlandstipendium".

Sep 2011 - Aug 2014

Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

Bachelor of Arts

I completed my B.A. in the major English Studies and the minor General Linguistics.

During my B.A. studies, I spent a semester abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where I took courses on linguistics and Australian studies.

Also during my B.A. studies, I worked as officer of communication for the student union (among other part-time jobs).

My B.A. studies were financially supported from 2012-2014 by the "Deutschlandstipendium".

Aug 2005 - Sep 2011

anyMOTION GRAPHICS GmbH, Düsseldorf

Web Developer

I completed an apprenticeship in web development at anyMOTION GRAPHICS in January 2008, and then continued to work there as a full-time web developer until 2011.

My responsiblities included design and development of websites in CSS, HTML, PHP, JavaScript/jQuery and other programming languages, administration and content management of websites, newsletter marketing and graphic design.

Skills and Interests

Due to my diverse professional experience, my skills can be assigned to a variety of different categories. Browse through them, or jump directly to:

Data Science

During my PhD, I took a deep dive into the world of data science. This came natural to me, as I already had previous experience in coding from my web development days. However, I learned quite a lot about how to deal with data, including how to:

  • retrieve and filter data from databases or dataframes
  • clean, filter and transform data
  • export acoustic information from annotated audio files
  • statistically analyze data using different models and techniques, e.g. linear mixed effects regression modelling
  • visualize data

Most of these were accomplished using R and R packages (e.g. dplyr, ggplot, lme4, etc.), SQL, and Python. I am eager to expand my skills on data science in regards to natural language processing and machine learning, especially using Python, and I'm currently learning to use the Python packages pandas, spaCy and plotnine.

Media design, UX, and development

From 2005 to 2011, I worked as a professional media designer and web developer. Though the world of web development has changed dramatically, I still have a high affinity to web and media design. Having studied these fields extensively, I have a professional understanding of:

  • layouting and presenting data and information, both online and offline
  • user-centered design approaches
  • graphical manipulation in Adobe Photoshop
  • coding in HTML/CSS/JS
  • deployment and usage of content management systems

Research and Writing

After over 10 years in academia, I have become a very skilled researcher and acquired many skills that transcend to many areas of my life. These include:

  • observing and identifying patterns and potential problems
  • formulating research questions and hypotheses from observed problems or patterns
  • design of experiments
  • data science, quantitative analysis, data visualization and interpretation (see the section on data science above)
  • writing texts in a variety of genres (academic writing, technical writing, etc.)


In the last 5 years, I worked on my PhD thesis in English linguistics. My skills in regard to linguistics and language include:

  • expert knowledge of phonetics and morphology, as well as excellent knowledge of other linguistic subfields
  • linguistic annotation (part of speech tagging, morphological structure)
  • acoustic analysis, e.g. using spectrograms
  • phonetic transcription

Soft Skills and Other Skills

  • I am a maker and when I see things that need to get done, I do them, or make sure they get done. This characteristic transcends to many aspects of my professional and personal life. For example, in my free time, I sometimes like to create player aids for board games in InDesign, because I feel like players will benefit from those.
  • I am a team player - I worked with many different teams, both as a team leader (leading a group of student assistant on annotation tasks) and as a team member (being part of a larger research unit).
  • I am a very helpful person, and have a gift of recognizing when people are in need of support.
  • I am skilled at teaching and presenting complex content to learners, as well as to equals and superiors.
  • I am a very quick learner, and I acquired most of my coding and data science skills "learning by doing".


I speak a number of different languages to various degrees of fluency, as listed in the table below. In addition, I have structural, and in some cases limited vocabulary knowledge of Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Old English and Middle English.

Level Language
Native/Fluent German, English
Intermediate Swedish
Basic French, Spanish


I have published my research as journal articles, have given presentations and presented posters at a number of different international conferences as listed below.

2 Articles / Monographs

7 Conference Presentations

3 Conference Posters


This list shows the number of types of certificates that I have. Click on a category to view the list of these certificates.

4 Conversational AI & Language

2 Data Science & Coding

5 UX Research

4 Project Management

  • Project Management for Conversational AI, Cognigy Academy (02/2023)
  • PRINCE2 Foundation, PeopleCert (12/2022)
  • Intercultural Competence, Heinrich-Heine-Universität (09/2014)
  • Diversity Management, Heinrich-Heine-Universität (08/2014)

3 Teaching

  • Professional Teaching Skills in Academia II, Heinrich-Heine-Universität (10/2019)
  • Joint Certificate for Tutors, Heinrich-Heine-Universität (07/2016)
  • Teaching German as a Foreign Language, Heinrich-Heine-Universität (04/2016)


During my time at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, I taught 11 classes:

Semester Course Type
Summer 2022, Winter 2016/17, Summer 2016 & Winter 2015/16 Academic Writing & Research Tutorial
Winter 2019/20 Word-Formation in English Intermediate
Summer 2018 Methods in Phonetics Intermediate
Summer 2018 & Winter 2017/18 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics Part I (Winter) / II (Summer) Introductory
Winter 2016/17, Summer 2016 & Winter 2015/16 Tutorial for Introduction to Medieval English Studies Part I (Winter) / II (Summer) Tutorial


Interests and Hobbies

  • Photography
  • Travelling & exploring cities
  • Board, Video and Role-Playing Games
  • Crafts (Sewing, Knitting, Miniature Painting)


Send me an e-mail to get in touch.