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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.
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 https://www.gu.se/en/clasp.
Subject area description
Computational Linguistics is the application of computational methods to the representation and processing of natural language. For this position, the focus is on combining symbolic and machine learning approaches for Natural Language Inference. Specifically, we aim to investigate what kind of logic existing leading deep learning model are capable of learning, through probing for structural properties of the learned entailment relation, such as reflexivity and monotonicity; and design new kinds of deep learning models that are specifically attuned to certain logical/algebraic structures, through using compositional unitary representations.
The purpose of the position is to give the employee an opportunity to consolidate and develop her/his scientific skills by conducting research in CLASP’s core areas of research in cooperation with the research group.
The holder of this position will mainly conduct research. 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 the research group’s workshops, seminars, and conferences.
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)
Scientific proficiency is the most important criterion for assessment, and special attention will be given to the applicant’s PhD thesis and other publications. Experience with machine learning approaches to natural language inference, as well as formal models of language and computation, is meritorious. Ideally, the candidate should combine knowledge of both of these areas. However, we also welcome candidates with a background in one of these areas who would be strongly motivated to learn the other. Priority will be given to applicants whose skills 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, with the possibility of a third year
Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: By agreement
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Sharid Loáiciga, Associate Senior Lecturer, +46(0) 31-786 59 42, email@example.com
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Jennifer Stråle, HR officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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):
- 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.
- PhD certificate
- A CV listing academic degrees, employments, publications, and other relevant merits.
- 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
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