PhD positions in Computational Linguistics (with Formal Methods)

Doctoral studentship position, one or several, in Computational Linguistics
The Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP) focusses
its research on the application of probabilistic and information theoretic
methods to the anaysis of natural language. CLASP is concerned both with
understanding the cognitive foundations of language and developing efficient
language technology. We work at the interface of computational
linguistics/natural language processing, theoretical linguistics, and
cognitive science. The Centre is based in FLoV at the University of
Gothenburg, and is funded by a 10 year grant from the Swedish Research
Council (2015-2025). For a description of CLASP see
Job assignments
The successful candidate is expected to devote her or his time primarily to
the completion of obligatory course work and to write a doctoral
dissertation. He or she may, however, also undertake a limited amount of
teaching, administration or research not directly connected to her or his
dissertation topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly. As the
position is funded in part by a research grant from the Swedish Research
Council the successful candidate should write her or his doctoral thesis
within one of the CLASP's core areas and the research should fit in within
the research programme of the centre. People working on one or more of this
areas as well as their interface, are strongly encouraged to apply. More
specifically, people in CLASP are currently conducting research in
linguistics and computational linguistics using ideas from the following
research areas:
Type Theory (or logics) and probability
Machine Learning including Deep Learning and Neural Networks
Theorem Proving and Bayesian Reasoning
Formal Models of Dialogue and Linguistic Interaction
Combining logical and Machine Learning/Deep Learning approaches
Models combining language and perception
Applicants with interests in these or related domains are encouraged to
apply. The doctoral student is also expected to participate in the
department's activities, such as workshops, seminars and conferences.
The general entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programmes are: a
second-cycle qualification/degree or at least 240 higher education (HE)
credits for courses of which at least 60 HE credits are awarded in the
second-cycle; or equivalent training either in Sweden or abroad.
In addition, admission to the third-cycle programme in Computational
Linguistics at the University of Gothenburg also requires:
At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in Computational Linguistics,
Language Technology, or Natural Language Processing, including a thesis of
at least 15 credits, or equivalent qualifications,
At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in Linguistics or Cognitive
Science, including a thesis of at least 15 credits, plus at least 30 credits
from first or second level courses in Computational Linguistics, Language
Technology or Natural Language Processing, or Computer Science, Logic, or
Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications
At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in Computer Science, Logic or
Mathematics, including a thesis of at least 15 credits, plus at least 30
credits from first or second-level courses in Linguistics or Cognitive
Science or Computational Linguistics, Language Technology, or Natural
Language Processing), or equivalent qualifications.
The necessary English skills that are needed in order to be able to benefit
from compulsory parts of the course and to be able to actively participate
in seminars and similar activities, are also required.
Following the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed
based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programme. To
facilitate the selection process, applicants must submit:
1. theses and degree projects
2. a project draft describing the applicant's desired focus of research as
well as which theories, methods and material they are planning to use.A
project draft of up to 4000 words in which the applicant stipulates a
research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance
and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The
project draft is assessed on the basis of scientific quality and relevance
to the PhD programme.
Admissions and selections are conditional on the Department's resources to
supervise within the doctoral student's focus of research as well as the
compatibility of the candidate's project proposal with CLASP's areas of
research. In addition to the assessment of the submitted application the
process may also include interviews. For a more detailed account of the
selection process please refer to the study syllabus above.
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 48 months Extent: 100 % Location:
Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 20170901
For further information regarding the position as well as link to the
application portal see

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