Associate Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics

University of Gothenburg Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

Sweden

Associate Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics, one or several

Ref PAR 2021/1333

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The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science 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.

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). 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 https://www.gu.se/en/clasp

Subject area

Computational Linguistics

Subject area description

Computational linguistics is a subject with the right to confer university degrees on second and third cycle level. Second cycle education 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 https://www.gu.se/en/study-gothenburg/master-in-language-technology-one-year-or-two-years-h2mlt

For a description of CLASP see https://www.gu.se/en/clasp. 

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 their time in research associated with one of CLASP’s core areas from a Computational Linguistics perspective, and the rest in administration and teaching, mainly within the Master's program in Language Technology, which is taught 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. More specifically, people in CLASP are currently conducting research in linguistics and computational linguistics using ideas from the following research areas:

  • Type Theory (or logics) and probability
  • Machine Learning including Deep Learning and Neural Networks
  • Theorem Proving and Bayesian Reasoning
  • Formal Models of Dialogue and Linguistic Interaction
  • Combining logical and Machine Learning/Deep Learning approaches
  • Models combining language and perception
  • Psycho- and neurolinguistically informed approaches to linguistic processing

Applicants with interests in these or related domains are encouraged to apply.

The associate senior lecturer will be given the opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher and to obtain qualifications that entitle them to another teaching position which sets higher eligibility requirements (see Chapter 4, §12 a of the The Higher Education Ordinance.). The associate senior lecturer must, upon application, be assessed for promotion to senior lecturer. The employment as associate senior lecturer is described in the Appointment Procedure for Teaching Posts at the University of Gothenburg.

Knowledge of English is a requirement for the employment, both orally and in writing, as teaching takes place at the Master in Language Technology, which is given in English. The holder of the employment is expected to be physically present at the department. Within five years after the employment has begun, the holder is also expected to be able to teach in Swedish.

According to the University of Gothenburg's employment regulations, applicants who do not have a higher education pedagogical education of at least 15 higher education credits, and who are not judged to have acquired equivalent knowledge in any other way, must undergo such education during the first year of employment.

Eligibility

The eligible candidate must possess a PhD in a relevant field or equivalent scientific competence. Primary consideration should be given to a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise within five years of the deadline for application for employment as an associate senior lecturer. However, a person who has been awarded a PhD or achieved the equivalent expertise at an earlier date may also be considered if there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances are sick leave, parental leave or other similar circumstances.

Assessment

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

The applicant is expected to have expertise in one of CLASP’s core research areas 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 computational linguistics. The ability to teach in the core areas of linguistics (such as syntax and formal semantics) is also desirable.

During the employment period, the assistant senior lecturer may apply to be promoted to a permanent position as senior lecturer. The assessment is based on demonstrated progression in terms of scientific and pedagogical skills, where the applicant must be able to demonstrate:

  • scientific qualifications that both quantitatively and qualitatively significantly exceed what is required for a doctoral degree
  • ability to independently initiate and conduct research of high scientific quality, published in international journals and conference proceedings
  • evidence of active and independently obtaining external funding for research activities
  • supervision or assistant supervision of students at different levels
  • completed higher education pedagogical education
  • completed supervisor training

 If these requirements are met and the applicant is deemed suitable, promotion shall take place. The application for promotion must be submitted no later than six months before the fixed-term employment as assistant university lecturer expires. The application may only be made once.

Employment

Type of employment: Fixed-term position

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg.

First day of employment: On agreement

For further information:

Ana María Mora-Márquez (Acting Head of Department), +46 31-786 56 43
ana.maria.mora.marquez@gu.se

For procedural questions, please contact HR administrator Jennifer Stråle, jennifer.strale@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:
https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/work-at-the-university-of-gothenburg/how-to-apply

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How to apply

To apply go to the Gothenburg University Vacancies website here and click on the advert for this position, and then on the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom of the page. The application should be designed in accordance with the instructions for qualifications portfolios at the Faculty of Humanities (here):

Please note that the following documents should be attached to the application:

  • Doctoral Degree certificate
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Any study materials
  • The full text of a maximum of 10 scientific articles that the applicant particularly wishes to cite
  • Description of research and teaching
  • List of higher education qualifications and employment
  • Academic Portfolio I: Scientific qualifications
  • Academic Portfolio II: Teaching qualifications
  • Academic Portfolio III: Management and administrative experience
  • Academic Portfolio IV: Experience in cooperation with the surrounding community

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.

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: University of Gothenburg, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, SWEDEN. Reference number should be clearly stated on the mailed documents.

We welcome applications written in English, since a non-Swedish speaking person may be appointed as external assessor in the recruitment process.

Shortlisted candidates may be asked to do trial lectures and interviews. In connection with these, we may also ask for references.

Closing date: February 1, 2022

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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.

 

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