Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Linguistics and/or Cognitive Science


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The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the Faculty of Humanities has around 100 employees and a teaching volume that includes around 350 full-year students. Many large national and international research projects are underway here. Our education includes philosophy, logic, linguistics, language technology, theory of science and liberal arts. The department also conducts research training and development work in these areas.

At the department, there is also the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), 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.

The successful applicant will be employed by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of science (FLoV), as a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC Starting Grant Project: DivCon: Divergence and convergence in dialogue: The dynamic management of mismatches. The project is led by Christine Howes and starts in May 2023. For a description of DivCon see website via: Christine Howes | University of Gothenburg (gu.se)

 

Subject area 

Computational Linguistics / Cognitive Science

 

Subject area description 

Interaction is the main overarching theme for research in linguistics and computational linguistics at FLoV. This entails an interest in the formal modelling of not only the systems of conventions that make up particular languages but also the social practices and psychological mechanisms enabling language use.

As more and more of our interactions take place through digital channels, it has become increasingly important to understand how we communicate and interact with others via computers and digital devices. In this context, the DivCon project, funded by the European Research Council, aims to transform our understanding of human interaction, particularly in computer-mediated communication. It will create a novel experimental platform for live multimodal interactions using avatars and virtual reality and develop a precise theory of divergence and convergence in interaction that unifies verbal and non-verbal dialogue phenomena. Ultimately, the project’s findings will pave the way for more adaptive conversational AI systems that can better simulate human-like communication.

 

Job assignments 

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct research in the ERC Starting Grant Project: DivCon: Divergence and convergence in dialogue: The dynamic management of mismatches. More specifically, this will entail one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  • Corpus collection, annotation and analysis
  • Computational and experimental methods in cognitive science
  • Formal models of dialogue and interaction
  • Type Theory (or logics) and probability
  • Combining logical, computational and psycholinguistic approaches

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 her/his research in Gothenburg and to actively participate in workshops, seminars, and conferences.

 

Eligibility 

Eligible for a postdoctoral position are those with a PhD or other foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to PhD. The subject of the doctoral thesis should be in a research area relevant to the specific subject description above. Since the postdoctoral position is intended to give junior researchers the opportunity to establish themselves in the field, we aim to employ applicants that graduated with PhDs within 3 years of the application deadline.

Please note that qualifications for postdoctoral appointments are described in more detail at: Avtal om tidsbegränsning anställning som postdoktor (arbetsgivarverket.se)

 

Assessment

Scientific proficiency is the most important criterion for assessment, and special attention will be given to the applicant’s PhD thesis and other publications. Documented good interpersonal skills, good skills in terms of planning and organizing research, and good skills in communicating research results is also meritorious. Documented experience in more than one of the job assignment areas described above is particularly merited.

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

 

Employment 

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years, with the possibility of a third year

Extent: 100% 

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

First day of employment: By agreement 

 

Contact information 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Christine Howes, Senior Lecturer, christine.howes@gu.se  


If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Jennifer Stråle, HR officer, jennifer.strale@gu.se

 

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

 

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. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: HR officer, FLoV, Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg.

Please note that the following documents should be attached to the application (in pdf):

  1. Personal letter of 500 words maximum (approx. 1 page). The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a short account for why the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science is of interest to you.
  2. PhD certificate
  3. A CV listing academic degrees, employments, publications, and other relevant merits.
  4. At most three scientific publications, and the applicant’s PhD thesis.

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

 

Applications must be received by: June 1, 2023

 

  

Information for International Applicants 

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The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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