Associate Professor of Linguistics with a Specialization in Computational Linguistics

Job description

A permanent position of Associate Professor of Linguistics with a specialization in Computational Linguistics is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo.

The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies is one of seven departments at The Faculty of Humanities. The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in general linguistics, Nordic languages (Scandinavian linguistics and Norwegian as a second language), multilingualism, medieval studies (Norse and Celtic philology), Nordic literature (including dissemination of literature and Ibsen-studies), and rhetoric and verbal communication. Further information about the Department can be found on its homepage:

Research in general linguistics at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies covers all of the discipline’s core areas (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), and a range of methodological approaches, including fieldwork, corpus linguistics, and experimental linguistics with a designated focus on the promotion of open science. The Department seeks to recruit an Associate Professor with excellent research qualifications who will contribute to strengthening the department’s core competence. A special emphasis will be given to documented research experience in computational linguistics.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD and MA candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications within linguistics or another discipline related to the profile of the position.
  • Documented experience with research in computational linguistics that engages with questions from general linguistics (e.g., phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics). 
  • An ability to contribute to teaching at all levels, including general courses at the BA level and more advanced BA and MA courses in computational linguistics.
  • Documented pedagogical skills (either a teaching course certificate or based on teaching experience) and a willingness to take active part in academic leadership and administration. See how to document your pedagogical skills
  • Documented potential for project acquisition
  • Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Academic qualifications and academic production (publications, tools, programs, libraries, etc) relevant to the advertised position, with emphasis on works published within the last 5 years. Originality and innovative thinking will be weighted more heavily than quantity
  • International peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience with research projects
  • Effort to promote open science, e.g. through open data, open materials, shared code, or preregistrations.
  • Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and research environment at the Department
  • Pedagogical qualifications, documented results from teaching and supervision, and disposition to inspire students
  • Interest and ability in leadership and administration
  • Ability to create and contribute to a positive environment for collaboration
  • Experience with and ability to build international networks
  • Skills within popular dissemination, public outreach and innovation

n the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be explicitly addressed and assessed.

Academic quality, development potential and breadth will be prioritised in this order. The selected candidates are expected to contribute to the objective in the University of Oslo’s strategic plan to “strengthen its international position as a leading research-intensive university through a close interaction across research, education, communication and innovation”.

The successful candidate should demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, s/he is expected to reach proficiency equivalent to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) within two years. Within three years the appointee is expected to, in Norwegian, be able to actively participate in all functions the position may involve, including teaching. The Faculty of Humanities will aid and facilitate the appointee in reaching said proficiency.

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How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (statement of motivation, summarising scientific work and research interest)
  • Curriculum Vitae (list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other relevant qualifications)
  • Complete list of published works and works submitted for publication

Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language), either in the original or in translation.

Applicants are required to describe and document the entire range of qualifications and criteria described in the announcement of the post with concrete examples.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

Selection procedure

As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection Committee will assess all applications and invite the most qualified applicants to submit a portfolio of educational certificates and academic works (up to 10 publications, which should not exceed 500 pages in total) for expert assessment. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application. Applicants who are invited to submit academic works are asked to select three works, published within the last 5 years, to be considered as most relevant for the position. In longer publications (monographs), applicants should specify the relevant pages. Descriptions of MA thesis topics that connect to the profile of the department (areas in which you feel qualified to supervise MA theses), and a statement on how you would promote open science values as part of MA supervision (1 page). Applicants are also asked to submit an Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice)

Finally, the most highly ranked candidates will be invited for an interview and a trial lecture.

Formal regulations

Please see the rules for appointments to Associate Professorships.

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period. Please see the rules for practicing the requirement for basic university pedagogical competence at UiO.

Within his/her normal duties and in accordance with his/her academic competence, the person appointed may also be asked to work outside his/her Department. The appointment is made under the condition that the employer may change the subject area and assigned tasks according to the needs of the Department.

According to the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


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About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) is one of seven departments at The Faculty of Humanities (HF). The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in general linguistics, Nordic languages (Scandinavian linguistics and Norwegian as a second language), multilingualism, medieval studies (Norse philology and Celtic), Nordic literature (including dissemination of literature and Ibsen-studies), and rhetoric and verbal communication. The Department hosts a socio-cognitive laboratory offering powerful equipment for various types of experiments and studies