PhD position in Computational Linguistics, focusing on Database Technologies for the Semantic Web Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology Sweden

PhD position in Computational Linguistics, focusing on Database Technologies for the Semantic Web


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.


Research and teaching at the Department of linguistics and philology covers approx. twenty different languages and linguistic subjects as well as computational linguistics. These include Ancient Greek and Latin, Turkic Studies, Hindi, Swahili, Chinese, and many of the important languages and cultures in the Middle East. Computational linguistics and general linguistics are also part of the department.


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 contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.


Project description: 
The primary aim of the project is to develop a corpus-based database storing historical linguistic data (in the given project Early Modern Karaim Bible translations and, in the long run, Middle Turkic written documents in general). Towards this aim, the project should develop a general-purpose data model/ontology within the frame of the Semantic Web and propose possible realizations in the form of a software framework and modularized program components.

Karaim Bible is a project funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. As an integrated part of this ERC project, the PhD project involves collaboration with the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The final form of the PhD project will be determined in collaboration with the project leadership.


To qualify for a doctoral position a candidate should hold a master’s degree in computational linguistics/language technology or a degree in linguistics or computer science that provides a good foundation for PhD studies in computational linguistics.


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 computational linguistics/linguistics and other relevant areas including a transcript of finished courses and their grades/dates, (ii) a list of any academic publications, (iii) professional experience relevant to academic research (maximum four pages)

  • A copy of your MA thesis (or equivalent)

  • A tentative research proposal which (i) falls within the project aims described above, and (ii) describes the methodology and work plan. The actual dissertation project of the successful candidate will be worked out in collaboration with the supervisor and project team (four pages including references)

  • Other documents which the applicant would like to adduce.


The application may be written in English or Swedish.


Rules of employment of graduate students can be found in the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap.5 §§1–7.


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Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.


Salary: Local salary regulations apply.


Starting date: 1 February 2019 or as per agreement.


Working hours: full time


For further information about the position, please contact: 
Professor László Károly (, phone +46 (0)18 471 1089
Professor Joakim Nivre (, phone +46 (0)18 471 7009


Director of graduate studies Professor Christer Henriksén (, phone + 46 (0)18 471 6845


Senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg (, phone +46 (0)18 471 1907 


Deadline for application 10 December 2018, UFV-PA 2018/3605


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Placement: Department of Linguistics and Philology

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/3605

Last application date: 2018-12-10

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