Postdoctoral Position in Computational Linguistics

Uppsala University Department of Linguistics and Philology


Postdoctoral 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.

Context: This position is part of the strategic research area effort eSSENCE´s PostDoc-program towards new e-science methods and tools for artificial intelligence in research.

Duties/Project description: Research and development work within the project Domain-Sensitive Cross-Lingual Parsing, which focuses on developing efficient cross-lingual parsing models that work well across diverse domains. The work includes mathematical modeling, linguistic analysis, software development, experimental research and dissemination of scientific results in speech and writing. In addition, the postdoc may be involved in teaching and student supervision up to 20% of full time.

Requirements: To qualify for an employment as a postdoctor you must have a PhD degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in computational linguistics or another field strongly connected to the research are, such as computer science, and documented knowledge of machine learning. The PhD degree must have been obtained no more than three years prior to the application deadline. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Additional qualifications: In the assessment, we will prioritize candidates with strong skills in machine learning, especially with neural networks, programming, mathematical modeling, and linguistic analysis, as well as a proven ability to write scientific text in English. Experience of research on syntactic dependency parsing and domain adaptation will be regarded as an asset.

Application: The application should include:

  • CV
  • Certified copies of diplomas and other relevant documents.
  • Short description of scholarly qualifications and research interests, with a list of publications (maximum 10), which the applicant has included in full-text in her/his application.
  • Scholarly publications (maximum 10) in full-text, which the applicant wishes to be scrutinized.
  • Contact details of two reference persons.

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: Individual salary.  

Starting date: as soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position for two years according to central collective agreement.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact:

Docent Sara Stymne, email, phone + 46 (0) 18 4711 088

Professor Joakim Nivre, email, phone + 46 (0) 18 471 7009

Please submit your application by 13 March 2020, UFV-PA 2020/363.

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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: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/363

Last application date: 2020-03-13

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