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Ph.D. Position within computational psycholinguistics at NTNU, Norway 2022


Ph.D. Position within computational psycholinguistics is available for master’s level degree candidates in linguistics, cognitive science, computer science at the Department of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway 2022

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Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Language and Literature

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • You have completed a master’s level degree in linguistics, cognitive science, computer science, or a closely related area, provided your studies included a strong linguistics or language science component
  • Your education corresponds to a 5-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You have an average grade from a master’s degree program or equivalent education which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education
  • You meet the requirements for admission to the PhD in Language and Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU (PHSPRÅK)
  • You have excellent written and oral English skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Master-level training in computational linguistics or computational modeling of cognition
  • Good programming skills (e.g., Python, R, MATLAB)
  • Fluency in applied mathematics (linear algebra, probability, statistics)
  • Knowledge of methods and applications of neural network modelling
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

  • Interest, ambition and motivation to pursue research
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively
  • Good organization and communication skills

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Language and Literature at NTNU has a vacancy for a 3-year full-time PhD position to conduct research at the intersection of computational linguistics and experimental psycholinguistics, with a focus on semantics. In recent years, new approaches have emerged in computational linguistics for the analysis and generation of meaning in natural language. These approaches complement traditional theories in compositional semantics and offer prospects of integration with cognitive and neural models of language processing.

We aim to develop cognitively-plausible computational models of semantic processing and to test their implications using existing or novel experimental data sets. The PhD project will be specifically tailored to the skills and competencies of the successful applicant. One possible area of research is linguistic phenomena that challenge traditional approaches to compositionality and that involve the recovery and integration of implicit pragmatic or conceptual knowledge, such as forms of coercion, metonymy, and other instances of enriched semantic composition.

The candidate will be supervised by Giosuè Baggio (NTNU). The project is part of a collaboration with Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa) and Emmanuele Chersoni (Hong Kong Polytechnic University).

For a position as a PhD candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. You will report to the Head of the Department of Language and Literature.

Duties of the position

  • Develop a PhD project proposal in close collaboration with the supervisors
  • Complete the required coursework (30 ECTS) as part of the PhD programme in Language and Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU (
  • Submit a doctoral dissertation
  • Perform and publish excellent research in the field of computational psycholinguistics

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. Any publications or other scientific work must be enclosed with the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. Please ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV), which may be filled in directly in the application portal (Jobbnorge)
  • An application letter (maximum 2 pages), describing your academic background, interests and motivation to apply (this may also be typed directly in the application portal)
  • Transcripts and diplomas for all your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not yet completed your master’s degree, you must enclose a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you have only recently submitted your master’s thesis, you may attach a draft of the thesis to the application. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • Name and address of minimum two referees
  • If available, publications or other relevant research work. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken outside Norway, please attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, at both bachelor’s and master’s levels, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

About the Department/Section/Group

Department of Language and Literature

We conduct research and teaching in comparative literature, English, French, Spanish, German, Scandinavian studies, linguistics, phonetics, applied linguistics, sign language and interpreting, and cultural history. We are also responsible for the five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in language subjects. The Department has an active research environment with responsibility for several large research projects. The Department of Language and Literature is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Humanities.

About the Employer:

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD program in Language and Linguistics at NTNU ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to the condition that the candidate start the PhD study by the end of 2022.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Please submit your application electronically via with your diplomas, certificates, and any other relevant documentation. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you may also be asked to provide certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

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Contact details

For any questions about the position, please contact Giosuè Baggio ([email protected]). For questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristian Arne Iversen, e-mail: ([email protected]).

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