Senior Lecturer in Computational Linguistics, one or several

Ref PAR 2022/1453

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The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science is part of the Faculty of Humanities and employs more than one hundred members of staff. The department hosts several large national and international research projects. We offer courses for philosophers, logicians, general linguists, computational linguists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists, as well as philosophy teachers. You will find the department's website here.

The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) is based in the department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (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


Subject area 

Computational Linguistics


Subject area 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) program, and third cycle teaching is carried out within CLASP.

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 MLT, see

For a description of CLASP see


Job assignments 

Job assignments consist of research, teaching, supervision and some administration.

The successful candidate is expected to devote her or his time to research associated with the application of Machine Learning to Computational Linguistics, administration and teaching, mainly within the Master's program in Language Technology. The successful candidate is also expected to supervise students at all levels; bachelors, masters and PhD.

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 successful candidate is expected to be physically present at the Department and participate regularly in its activities. They will be given the opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher and furthermore provide them with the qualifications that will allow them to pursue other higher teaching positions.



The eligible candidate must possess a PhD or equivalent scientific competence in a relevant subject area. 

The employment as a senior lecturer is described in the Appointment procedure for teachers at the University of Gothenburg



A proven track record in the following areas will be considered in the selection process:

  • research experience and skills in Computational Linguistics with a special emphasis in Machine Learning
  • pedagogical skills within the same subject, shown by experience in the planning and implementation of teaching, including supervision at all degree levels (bachelor, masters, PhD) and examination
  • participation in the international research community.

The applicant is expected to possess expertise in machine learning, software engineering and mathematical foundations of computational linguistics and natural language processing, and have done research in this area. Documented ability to produce and publish research of high international quality as well as count especially towards a high evaluation of research skills. In part I of the application (Academic Portfolio I), the applicants research specialty, plans for future research, and fit with the existing research environment should be described.

Applicants who work on issues within CLASP's main research areas will be given priority. Weight will be also given to: a) leadership, b) the ability to plan and organise research and c) the ability to communicate one's own research.

Applicants are expected to have proven skills and experience in the teaching of machine learning and computational linguistics at different levels (bachelor, masters, PhD). Supervision experience at different levels, including doctoral students, is also desirable, as is experience of education administration including course and program development. The ability to teach in core areas of linguistics (such as syntax and formal semantics) is also desirable.

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 program, which is taught in English. Proficiency in Swedish is considered an advantage, as undergraduate courses in Linguistics are given in Swedish and the successful candidate is expected to be able to teach in Swedish within two years.

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.

According to the University of Gothenburg's employment regulations, applicants who lack university teaching of at least 15 credits, or who have not acquired similar knowledge in another way, have to undergo such training during the first year of employment.



Type of employment: Permanent
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement


Contact information 

Alexander Almér (Head of Department), +46 31-786 27 77

For procedural questions, please contact HR officer Jennifer Stråle,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: 



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.


Applications must be received by: January 9, 2023


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