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PhD Scholarship in Linguistics at Stockholm University

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in computational linguistics at Stockholm University. This position is available for four years. Applicants should apply before October 15, 2018.

The Department of Linguistics is one of the departments at the Faculty of Humanities with about 70 employees and 400 students. The teaching focuses on general linguistics, phonetics, computational linguistics, sign language and Swedish as a second language for deaf. The main research areas are child language development, linguistic typology and language documentation, analysis and construction of different types of corpora (text, speech, video), sign language and quantitative studies of communicative behaviour. We aim for interaction and exchange between our teaching and research fields.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterized by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subject borders. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description

The position can have one of the following two profiles: Phonetics or Linguistic Typology. Projects in phonetics are expected to have an experimental approach related to research conducted in the phonetics lab of the department. Projects in linguistic typology are expected to be of relevance for the research field of linguistic diversity. We expect the applicant to cooperate with the future research field Linguistic Diversity at the Faculty of Humanities (see www.ling.su.se/research). A project plan targeted to one of the above mentioned fields, which, in addition, relates to one or more of the other research fields in the department, such as computational linguistics, language documentation, sign language or child language acquisition, or to the Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC) is a merit.

Work experience related to research within the above described profiles is a merit.

Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of linguistics stipulates that applicants must have received a passing grade on course work of at least 30 higher education credits from the second cycle in Linguistics, including a degree project of at least 15 credits on a topic relevant to the proposed research plan.

In addition, the applicant is required to be proficient in the language of the proposed doctoral thesis (English or Swedish). Proficiency is demonstrated in the research plan and other relevant parts of the application (such as undergraduate theses, publications, grades and certificates). Applicants with a research plan in Sign Language must further be proficient in a sign language.

The entry requirements can also be met by students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

Selection

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. This includes quality of previous education and the project plan and ability to cooperate.

The assessment criteria are found in the General Study Plan.

Local Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at the Department of Linguistics are available at: www.ling.su.se/LocalAdmissionRegulations.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Contact

For more information, please contact Director of Studies, Sofia Gustafsson Capkova, telephone: +46 8 16 34 88, studierektorfu@ling.su.se, Professor Mattias Heldner, telephone: +46 8 16 19 88, mattias.heldner@ling.su.se (Phonetics), or Professor Bernhard Wlchli, telephone: +46 8 16 23 44, bernhard@ling.su.se (Linguistic Typology).

Application

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

and, in addition, please include the following documents
- CV - degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
- Project proposal/Research proposal describing:

- why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement

- why and how you wish to complete the project

- what makes you suitable for the project in question
- Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
- Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
- Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).


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