PhD Position in Computational Linguistics

Uppsala University Department of Linguistics and Philology


PhD position in Computational Linguistics


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.



The Department of Linguistics and Philology is involved in research and education in a number of languages and language-related subjects and provides an international work environment. The department´s activities cover many of the classical and modern languages and cultures in large areas of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as computational and general linguistics. Education is offered at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels.

Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, and the employment period is then extended proportionally.

Project description: Thesis projects should be in the field of computational linguistics and we welcome projects that are related to ongoing research in the computational linguistics research group. Current research areas include modeling of morphology, syntax and discourse phenomena, often from a cross-linguistic perspective, and digital philology, especially analysis of historical and literary texts, and texts produced by students and language learners. Applicants are encouraged to contact Joakim Nivre ( to discuss suitable thesis projects and supervisors.

Requirements: To be eligible, candidates must have a master’s degree in computational linguistics/language technology or a degree in linguistics or computer science that provides a good foundation for PhD studies in computational linguistics.

Application: Applications should include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, and a plan for the thesis project of at most three pages. Applications should also include a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, theses and publications, and other relevant documents that the applicant wishes to refer to.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.

Starting date: May 1, 2020, or otherwise agreed. 

For further information about the position, please Contact:

Professor Joakim Nivre, epost, tel 018-4717009

Direcor of graduate studies, Professor Christer Henriksén e-post, tel 018-4716845

Senior faculty administrator, Lars Hagborg e-post, tel 018-4711907

Please submit your application by 13 March 2020, UFV-PA 2020/510.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/510

Last application date: 2020-03-13

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