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The successful applicant will be employed by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of science (FloV), as a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP). The department was founded in 2009, and offers teaching and research in theoretical and practical philosophy, linguistics, and theory of science.

Subject area

Computational linguistics 

Subject area description

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 modeling 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

Job assignments

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct research in CLASP's core areas of research in cooperation with the research group. More specifically, people in CLASP are currently conducting research in linguistics and computational linguistics using ideas from the following research areas:

  • Machine Learning including Deep Learning and Neural Networks
  • Computational and Experimental Methods in Psycholinguistics
  • Theorem Proving and Bayesian Reasoning
  • Neurolinguistic and Formal Models of Dialogue and Interaction
  • Type Theory (or logics) and Probability
  • Combining Logical, Machine Learning/Deep Learning, and Psycholinguistic approaches
  • Computational Models of Language, Vision, and Situated Interaction/Social Robotics

Apart from research, duties may include mentoring graduate students, course design, and/or teaching-related activities; such supplementary duties will not exceed 20% of the position’s responsibilities.

The holder of the position is expected to carry out the vast majority of her/his research in Gothenburg and to actively participate in the research group's workshops, seminars, and conferences.


A doctoral degree (or foreign equivalent), awarded at the latest by the application closing date, is compulsory for a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg. The doctoral thesis should be in a relevant area according to the specific position stated here. Since the postdoctoral researcher position is designed to give new PhDs the opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, priority will be given to those whose doctoral degree was granted within 3 years of the application closing date. Due to parental leave, sick leave or military duty, this period can be extended. Eligibility criteria are described in the Gothenburg University's Appointments procedure for teachers.


Scientific proficiency is the most important criterion for assessment, and special attention will be given to the applicant’s PhD thesis and other publications, and to her/his research plan. Priority will be given to applicants whose research plan and prior work strengthen the research group and the project overall. Documented good interpersonal skills, good skills in terms of planning and organizing research, and good skills in communicating research results is also meritorious. 

The recruitment process may include interviews (possibly by video link) and contacting references.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years 

Extent: 100% 

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

First day of employment: By agreement 

For further information:

Shalom Lappin, professor, +46(0)31-786 5019,

Fredrik Engström, Head of Department, +46(0)31-786 6335,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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.

The application should include:

  • Description of scientific and teaching experience
  • A list of degrees completed and positions held
  • A list of scientific qualifications
  • A list of teaching qualifications
  • A list of leadership and administrative qualifications
  • A list of qualifications relating to outreach collaboration with society
  • A project plan which describes the research the applicant plans to carry out during the postdoctoral appointment
  • PhD degree certificate
  • Contact details for two referees
  • List of scholarly writing, including the PhD thesis, referenced in the application and a separate complete list of scholarly work

For more information, please the instructions for Qualifications Portfolio at the Faculty of Arts:

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


The application is preferably to be written in English as it may be evaluated by international reviewers with English as their working language.

Closing date: February 1, 2021

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.


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