Professor of Linguistics University of Gothenburg, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science Sweden

Professor of Linguistics


Diary id:
PAR 2018/931
Employment level:
Permanent employment
Dept of Philosophy, Linguistics & Theory of Sci.
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The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the Faculty of Arts has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about 350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its various academic domains.


Subject area



Specific subject description

Linguistics is a subject authorized to award qualifications at all levels, including in third-cycle studies. It can be included as a main field of study in Bachelor and Master Degrees.

Linguistics is also included in the Department's Master in Language Technology program and Master in Communication specializing in public communication for authorities.

Linguistic interaction is an overriding theme in research, with a focus on phonetics, psycholinguistics, semantics and pragmatics, and language technology/computational linguistics. 

The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) at the Department is funded by a 10 year grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2025). CLASP is devoted to research and advanced training in the application of probabilistic modelling and machine learning methods to core issues in linguistic theory and cognition.


Job assignments

We are looking for a leading researcher with an ability to further develop the successful research carried out in the subject area at the Department, and create a high quality environment for both research and education.

The position is centered on research in the subject area of the post, supervision of doctoral students, and teaching at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level. In the first two years, the assigned work tasks will mainly comprise research activities as well as development and leadership of the Department’s research seminar in linguistics.

The holder of the position is expected to apply for external research funding, and together with colleagues develop a research environment of the highest international standard at the Department. The holder of the position is expected to be physically present at the Department and regularly participate in its operations.



The eligibility criteria for professorships are provided in Ch.4, Sec 3, of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers. Eligibility requires prior demonstration of both research and teaching expertise as well as a doctoral degree (or equivalent knowledge and skills) in a discipline of relevance to the advertised position.

The University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers states that applicants who lack formal training in teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to at least 15 Swedish higher education credits (equivalent to half a semester of full-time studies), and who are not considered to have acquired equivalent expertise in some other way, must complete such training within one year of employment.



In the assessment of applicants, primary attention will be given to research expertise. Teaching expertise will be given secondary attention. Prior leadership assignments and documented experience of outreach activities and cooperation with the surrounding community will also be considered an advantage. The eligibility criteria for professorships are provided in Ch.4, Sec 3, of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers, according to which ‘the applicant should be chosen who, based on an overall assessment of competence and potential for development, is judged to have the best qualities for performing the duties included in the appointment.’

In the assessment of research expertise, attention is given to demonstrated ability to lead and develop research and to acquire research funding from both national and international sources, in addition to prior publications in international scholarly journals. We see it as important that the holder of the advertised position is able to contribute to the environment both as a scholar and as a teacher, and has the personal traits necessary to be able to cooperate with others both internally and externally in order to advance the development of the subject area. Documented ability to plan, implement, evaluate and develop relevant teaching activities, alone and in cooperation with other teachers, will also be considered an advantage.

Teaching is primarily conducted in Swedish. Good knowledge in Swedish or other Nordic languages, closely related to Swedish, such as Norwegian or Danish, is highly meritorious.

In addition to expert review and references, the assessment process may include trial lectures and interviews.


Contact information for the position

Fredrik Engström, Head of Department, +46 (0)31 786 6335,



Please apply via the University of Gothenburg’s online portal for job opportunities by clicking ‘Apply’. Applications must be designed according to the Faculty of Arts’ instructions:

 Note that the following documentation must be enclosed with the application:

  • Doctoral degree certificate

  • Doctoral thesis

  • Up to ten scholarly works (full text) that the applicant wishes to be considered

  • Any authored textbooks or other teaching material

  • An account of prior research- and teaching-related work

  • An account of completed academic degrees and prior employment

  • Qualifications portfolio I: Research-related qualifications

  • Qualifications portfolio II: Teaching-related qualifications

  • Qualifications portfolio III: Qualifications related to managerial and administrative tasks

  • Qualifications portfolio IV: Qualifications related to outreach activities and cooperation with the surrounding community


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that the University receives it by the closing date.

Publications that cannot be enclosed with the application electronically must be sent in two copies to: University of Gothenburg, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg. Please write the reference number of the advertised position on any documents not submitted electronically.

Applications should be written in English, as they may be reviewed by international experts.



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: 

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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