Associate Senior Lecturer in Linguistic Interaction

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Associate Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, absolute limit 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement
Reference number: PER 2016/523
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The department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, FLoV, encompasses linguistics, practical and theoretical philosophy, logic, and philosophy of science.

The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) is based in FLoV at the University of Gothenburg, and is funded by a 10 year grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2025).

Subject area
Computational Linguistics

Specific subject description
Computational linguistics (language technology) is a subject with the right to confer university degrees on second and third cycle level. Second cycle is carried out in the Master in Language Technology (MLT) programme, and third cycle teaching is carried out within CLASP. For a description of MLT, see

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. It also addresses topics in dialogue and linguistic interaction. For a description of CLASP see

Apart from being one of the research topics within CLASP, linguistic interaction is also the main overarching theme for the research in General Linguistics at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science ( Teaching related to linguistic interaction is carried out within General linguistics (first cycle) as well as within the MLT program (second cycle) and CLASP (third cycle).

Job assignments
Job assignments consist of research, teaching, supervision and some administration. Administration and teaching will make up no more than 50% of the employment.

The successful candidate is expected to devote at least half of her or his time in research associated with dialogue and linguistic interaction from a Computational Linguistics perspective, and the rest in administration and teaching, mainly within General Linguistics undergraduate courses and the Master's program in Language Technology. Much of the teaching in General Linguistics will be given in Swedish, whereas teaching in the Master's program in Language Technology will be given in English.

The successful candidate will be a full member of the research teams working at CLASP and will be expected to take part in the design and implementation of research projects on an ongoing basis.

The eligible candidate must posses a PhD or equivalent scientific competence. Mainly, applicants should be considered who have achieved their PhD or equivalent scientific competence no more than seven years before the application deadline.

The employment as associate senior lecturer is described in the Appointment procedure for teachers at the University of Gothenburg (\_1457517\_appointments-procedure-for-teachers.pdf).

The most important assessment criteria in assessing are the teaching and academic skills, and special attention will be given to the applicants dissertation, research and teaching experience, their personal letter and their research plan.

The applicant is expected to have expertise in dialogue and linguistic interaction from a computational linguistics perspective, and to have conducted research in this area. Applicants who are well acquainted with the issues related to the clasp's main research areas will be given priority. Weight will also be given to proven interpersonal skills and the ability to plan and organize research and to communicate their own research.

Applicants are expected to have proven skills and experience in the teaching of dialogue and linguistic interaction from a computational linguistics perspective. The ability to teach in the core areas of linguistics (such as syntax and formal semantics) is also desirable.

In addition to the cover letter, list of scientific papers and other documents, the applicant must provide contact information for two references from college or university. These references should be well acquainted with the applicant's previous research. The application process may, in addition to the examination of the submission merits, also include interviews.

Specific assessment for promotion to Senior Lecturer

In the assessment of application for promotion to Senior Lecturer, the applicant's ability to independently initiate and conduct research of high scientific quality, published in international journals, and the applicant's ability to obtain funding for research, will be assessed. Special attention will be paid to the applicant's ability to independently establish new collaborations and research directions. Special attention will also be paid to teaching and supervision skills as well as the ability to establish and develop cooperation between different areas of research within academia and with society.

Additional information
According to the University of Gothenburg's employment regulations, applicants who lack 15 credits of courses in academic teaching, and which are not considered to have acquired similar knowledge in another way, should undergo such training during the first year of employment.

Proficiency in English is a requirement for employment, both orally and in writing, since teaching will be carried out in the Master in Language Technology programme, which is taught in English.

The successful candidate is expected to be physically present at the Department and participate regularly in its activities.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

Note that the following documents must accompany the application (pdf format):
• PhD certificate
• Dissertation
• Any study materials
• A maximum of 10 scientific papers in full text that the candidates particularly wishes to refer
• Description of scientific and educational work
• List of qualifications and positions
• If available, Docent (Associate Professor) statement
• Personal letter
• Contact information for two references from university.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete with respect to the announcement and the Arts Faculty's instructions, and that it be sent electronically by the deadline.

For any scientific publications, papers and the like that can not be attached to the application in electronic form, please contact Fredrik Engström.

Any additions must be received no later than 3 weeks after the application deadline. Note that supplementation can not be made through the application database after the application deadline. Contact Fredrik Engström for information on the practices of supplementation.