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The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLoV) at the Faculty of Arts has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about 350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its various academic domains.
Linguistic interaction is the main overarching theme for research in linguistics at FLoV. This entails an interest in the formal modelling of not only the systems of conventions that make up particular languages but also the social practices and psychological mechanisms enabling language use.
Specific subject description
Linguistics studies the human language ability, human languages and language communication.
Linguistics is a subject authorised to award qualifications at all levels, including in third-cycle studies. It can be included as a main field of study in Bachelor and Master Degrees. Linguistics is also part of the Department’s Master in Communication specialising in public communication for authorities and the Master in Language Technology program.
At the department, there is also the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), funded by a 10 year grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2025). CLASP is devoted to research and advanced training in the application of probabilistic modelling and machine learning methods to core issues in linguistic theory and cognition.
The department offers an international English-speaking research environment. The research is interdisciplinary and aims at bringing together insights from various fields such as logic, mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence, linguistics, computational linguistics, cognitive science, philology, and philosophy.
Linguistic interaction is an overriding theme, with a focus on conversational dialogue as a research topic within psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics and pragmatics, and language technology/computational linguistics. The ideal candidate should be motivated to develop an original PhD thesis project in any single or combination of these fields.
We will fund one well-qualified and highly motivated candidate to carry out research using experimental and/or formal methods on any of the following general topics in relation to dialogue modelling and/or grammar design:
Incremental processing in conversation
Theories of joint action and linguistic meaning
Context and common ground
Probabilistic models of inference and linguistic processing
We are looking for candidates who have solid prior experience in linguistics (syntax, semantics, pragmatics), psycholinguistics, or computational linguistics. More particularly, demonstrable ability and experience in the modelling of, or experimentation with dialogue phenomena is highly desirable.
The candidate should be able to provide evidence of the ability for conducting original independent research. Candidates with an interdisciplinary background are particularly encouraged to apply. Strong analytical skills and willingness to develop models with formal rigour are important criteria for selection. Excellent writing skills and a good command of English, ability to work independently and in a structured manner are essential. In addition, the ideal candidate should have good collaborative skills as they would be expected to work as a contributing member of a cohesive team.
The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation in the area mentioned above and to complete obligatory course work. They may also undertake a limited amount (not more than 20% of full time) of teaching, administration or research not directly connected to their dissertation topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly.
The candidate is expected to participate in departmental activities, such as workshops and seminars. The working language is English. There will be funds available for travel e.g. conference participation and visits to other universities, as well as support for conducting experiments and/or data collection in the lab or in the field (if relevant).
To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.
General entry requirements
A person meets the general entry requirements under Chapter 7, Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance if he or she:
has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 higher education credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
Following the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programme and on the Department’s resources to supervise them.
To facilitate the selection process, applicants must submit:
Thesis and degree projects
A project draft describing the applicant’s desired focus of research as well as which theories, methods and material they are planning to use.
Admissions and selections are conditional on the Department’s resources to supervise within the doctoral student’s focus of research as well as the compatibility of the candidate’s project proposal with our areas of research. In addition to the assessment of the submitted application the process may also include interviews. For a more detailed account of the selection process please refer to the study syllabus above.
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement
Apart from his or her own third-cycle education, the successful applicant may also be expected to do service in education, research (unrelated to the thesis) and administration. The employment is for one year. It can be extended with a maximum of two years at a time. The total employment cannot exceed four years third cycle education, full time.
For further information regarding the position
Queries about doctoral education can be directed to Lena Eriksson, Associate head of department and head of third cycle education, +46-31-786 4184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Queries about possible topics for study should be directed to Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Professor of Linguistics, +46 31-786 52 33 email@example.com
Queries about the recruitment process should be directed to Jennifer Stråle, HR Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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How to apply
In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.
Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent in two copies to the following address and marked with reference number. University of Gothenburg, Att: HR Administrator, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.
For the application to be considered complete it must include:
An introductory letter of 1,000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages), preferably shorter. The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a short presentation of the intended research project and d) a short account for why the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science is of interest to you.
A CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).
Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on the following quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, suitable command of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language, formalities, academic quality, independence.
A project draft no more than 2,500 words in which the applicant stipulates a research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The project draft is assessed on the basis of the following criteria: whether the research displays familiarity with previous and current research, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current research, whether the draft is judged to be realistic, as regards its implementation at third-cycle level and whether the draft shows that it is likely the applicant will make a valuable contribution to research in the field. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing the Department’s supervisor competence within the research domain stipulated.
Other documents such as letters of recommendation.
A minimum of 60 higher education credits in linguistics, phonetics, language technology, or speech and language therapy at second-cycle level, of which 15 credits comprise an independent project; additionally a minimum of 90 hecr in closely related subjects such as philosophy, cognitive science, communication or language subjects or equivalent knowledge. OR
a minimum of 90 higher education credits in linguistics, phonetics, language technology, or speech and language therapy, of which at least 30 higher education credits at second-cycle level, of which a minimum of 15 credits comprise an independent project or equivalent skills.
(These two entry requirements are a result of the two recommended study routes at second-cycle level; the student has either 90 higher education credits in philosophy, cognitive science, communication or language subjects at first-cycle level, followed by 60 higher education credits in linguistics, phonetics, language technology or speech and language therapy at second-cycle level. Alternatively, the student has 90 higher education credits in linguistics, phonetics, language technology or speech and language therapy.)
The types of Swedish and English skills needed to be able to benefit from compulsory parts of the course and to be able to actively participate in seminars and similar activities. If the third-cycle student does not speak Swedish as a first language, she or he is expected to obtain such knowledge so she or he can actively participate in the research environment.