PhD Position in Linguistics
Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.


The Department of Linguistics and Philology is currently developing its research and postgraduate teaching profile in general linguistics. Uppsala University has a focus on language and linguistics, and the general linguistics subject area benefits from contact with other linguists in the Department of Linguistics and Philology (from the Computational Linguistics subject areas, as well as subject areas focussed on specific languages and language families, including Swahili, Indic and Iranian languages, Semitic, Turkic, and ancient languages), as well linguists from the Nordic Department (Scandinavian languages), the English Department (English and Celtic), and Modern Languages Department (other Indo-European subgroups, Finno-Ugric languages). Researchers in General Linguistics have a broadly empirical approach, and study topics ranging from language description and conversation analysis to areal typology and phylogenetic linguistics.

Project: We are interested in empirical projects which which investigate linguistic diversity. Projects dealing with a single language would only be considered if they contained a major descriptive or typological component, and if the language is not a focal language of another department in the Faculty of Languages. The final form of the dissertation projectwill be determined in collaboration with the advisor. Applicants should discuss their proposed research with the section chair, Michael Dunn, before submission.

Qualifications: We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in linguistics, who is highly motivated and interested in linguistic diversity. To qualify for a doctoral position in Linguistics a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Linguistics or equivalent.

Condition:. Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and to participate actively in the department’s activities. Students are encouraged to combine the position with  teaching responsibilities up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.

How to apply: The application should contain:

  • A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies (maximum one page)
  • A CV containing (i) a description of your education in linguistics and other relevant areas, (ii) a list of academic results, (iii) a list of any academic publications, (iv) professional experience relevant to academic research, and (v) relevant technical skills (maximum three pages)
  • An authorized copy of your MA degree (or equivalent)
  • An eight-page sample of your written academic English (from publications or previously submitted academic coursework)
  • A sample research proposal which (i) states a research question, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art. The actual dissertation project of the successful candidate will be worked out in collaboration with the supervisor. (four pages including references)
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to adduce.

The application may be written in English or Swedish.

For a general description of PhD student admissions in Sweden, see the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap. 7 §§34-41. Rules concerning the employment of PhD students in Sweden can be found in the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap. 5 §§1-7. Rules for doctoral studies in Sweden can be found in the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap. 6 §§26-36. Local admission rules, regualtions and guidelines for doctoral studies, at Uppsala University and the faculty of Languages can be found at and at

Pay: Local salary regulations apply.

Starting: 2016

For information, please contact
Professor Michael Dunn (, tel +46 (0)18-471 1341
Director of graduate studies, Professor Christer Henriksén (, tel (0)18-471 6845
Senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg (, tel (0)18-471 1907)

You are welcom to submit your application no later than April 11 2016, UFV-PA 201/536.


We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed pay

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2016/536

Last application date: 2016-04-11

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