Oslo Doctoral Fellowship in Russian language and linguistics

University of Oslo, UiO


A Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD studies) in Russian language and linguistics is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

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General Info

Position: Doctoral Research Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 – 534 400 NOK/Year

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University of Oslo, UiO

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Qualification Details

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in Russian language and linguistics with a focus on corpus linguistics and/or computational linguistics methods. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Knowledge of corpus linguistics methods, including experience in conducting corpus analyses of potentially fairly large amounts of data and performing statistical analyses and visualization.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience in automatic data harvesting online is an advantage.
  • Programming skills in Python or R, or both, are an advantage.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • The candidate's research project must contribute directly to acheiving the goals of the Fakespeak project.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master’s course following an assessment of the scope and quality of the study programme.

Further qualifications

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the allotted time frame and contribute to (the overall goals of) the Fakespeak project
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines
  • The applicant’s ability to communicate with non-academic and industrial collaboration partners, including communicating with existing partners and developing new contacts among potential users of project results

In addition publications in journals and presentations at conferences will be considered.

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The main objectives of the Fakespeak project, which consists of a core team of linguists and computer scientists, are

i) to identify the language and style of fake news in English, Norwegian and Russian, and

ii) to improve existing fake news detection systems by automating the defining linguistic features of fake news. Industrial collaboration partners of this project are Faktisk.no, Norway’s first and, so far, only fact-checking service; the NRK, Norway’s largest media organization and broadcaster of news from all over the world; and the NTB, the Norwegian News Agency. The goal of the project is to help them and other stakeholders as well as the general public to detect potentially harmful fake news items more efficiently and accurately and in a more timely manner than what is currently possible.

The successful candidate to be hired at the Department will contribute to the project achieving objective i). S/he will harvest datasets mainly in Russian from the Internet, and analyse them statistically and visualize the results applying corpus linguistics methods.

Priority will be given to proposals that fill a gap in the project in terms of topic and/or fake news genre.

The doctoral fellow will be part of a larger multi-disciplinary research network involving linguistics, computer science, and media science.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing and exemplifying the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position. It is important that the applicant in the application letter describe, document and exemplify his/her qualifications with respect to the range of qualifications mentioned in the call text through concrete examples.
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of degrees, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, as well as a complete list of published and unpublished works)
  • Transcript of records of applicant’s Bachelor’s and Master's degrees and a certificate of Master’s degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Master’s thesis (digital)
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3-5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
  • A list of 2-3 reference persons (including name, relationship to the applicant, telephone number and email address)
  • Documentation of Language requirements, https://www.hf.uio.no/english/research/phd/application/language-requirements.html, if applicable

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

About the Project

The position is associated with the Researcher Project grant 302573 ”Fakespeak – the language of fake news. Fake news detection based on linguistic cues”,  https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/research/projects/fakespeak/, funded by the Research Council of Norway and led by Project Manager Silje Susanne Alvestad, researcher in Slavic languages and linguistics at the University of Oslo.

Fake news, defined as news items that are meant to be deceptive and which the author knows to be false, is not a new phenomenon. However, the rapid development of social media now allows news from sources of varying reputation to be spread unfiltered at lightning speed and to be read by millions of people in a very short period of time. Western liberal democracies are vulnerable, and fake news and other types of disinformation may seriously harm them.

About the Department

The Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

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Contact details

Researcher Silje Susanne Alvestad (e-mail)

Head of Administration Karina Kleiva (e-mail)

HR Adviser Evian Nordstrand (e-mail, for questions on electronic application)

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