Postdoc in Linguistics – University of Oslo

University or Organization: University of Oslo
Department: Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Job Location: Oslo, Norway
Web Address: https://www.hf.uio.no/iln/english/

Job Title: Postdoc in Linguistics
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Syntax

Description:
A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo.
The position is part of the UiO convergence environment ImmunoLingo led by Dr. Victor Greiff.
The convergence environment will set out to decipher the molecular language of adaptive immunity, which we call ImmunoLingo. Understanding Immunolingo is of incredible importance for the design and discovery of precision immunodiagnostics and immunotherapeutics. Our goal will be achieved by transdisciplinarily combining expertise of life sciences, machine learning, statistics and linguistics researchers. The fundamental hypothesis of ImmunoLingo is that there exists a meaningful structure in the amino acid sequence that defines what the receptor of an adaptive immune cell will recognize.
The candidate will use techniques from theoretical and computational linguistics to explore this structure. Relevant approaches include parsing amino acid sequences with multiple context free grammars based on grammar induction and engineering, semantic analysis of the discovered structures, and grammatical analysis of of individuals’ immune repertoires. Much of this work will complement analysis based on deep learning within the project leading to fruitful combination of rule-based and machine learning-based methods. Sequence motifs in the immune system are known to be highly discontinuous and overlapping and an important goal of the project is to develop scaleable techniques for dealing with these phenomena also in natural language.
The candidate will join the linguistics group at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, which has a vibrant research community. He or she will also have the opportunity to work in cross-disciplinary groups with other ImmunoLingo researchers at the Department of Immunology, the Department of Informatics and the Department of Mathematics. The main supervisor of the candidate’s work will be Dr. Dag Trygve Truslew Haug. Dr. Geir Sandve from informatics and dr. Victor Greiff from Immunology will be co-supervisors. Within three months of the start date, the successful candidate should have finalized a project description in collaboration with the supervisors.
The position is available for a period of 3 years. There is a 10 % component of compulsory work which will be assigned by UiO:Life Science in agreement with the project leader, contingent on the qualifications of the candidate.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Application Deadline: 10-Sep-2020
Web Address for Applications
Contact Information:
Prof Dag Haug
Email: daghaug@ifikk.uio.no

Postdoc in (Computational) Semantics – University of Oslo

University or Organization: University of Oslo
Department: Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Job Location: Oslo, Norway

Web Address: https://www.hf.uio.no/iln/english/
Job Title: Postdoc in (Computational) Semantics
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Description:
The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is associated with the project Universal Natural Language Understanding. The overall goal of the project is to create semantic representations in the form of Discourse Representation Structures from Universal Dependencies syntax trees, by using both rule-based techniques from Glue Semantics and (neural) machine learning approaches in a process that normalizes the syntax trees, rewrites the nodes as lambda terms in a course-grained, language-independent manner and composes them. In addition, the project will do language-specific enrichment of the resulting semantic representations based on available lexical resources for Norwegian. Prospective applicants who want to know more about the project should contact the PI, Professor Dag Haug.
The postdoc will be part of the project’s core team together with a PhD fellow, a research programmer and the PI. The candidate is expected to contribute to building the overall system and to conduct research closely connected to the main project. It is essential for the project that the team as group is competent in both theoretical and computational approaches to semantics.
The position is available for a period of 3 years. There is a 10 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties.
The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Application Deadline: 10-Sep-2020

Web Address for Applications: click here
Contact Information:
Prof Dag Haug
Email: daghaug@ifikk.uio.no

Post Doc – University of Edinburgh

Department: Linguistics and English Language
Job Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Web Address: https://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/linguistics-and-english-language
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Syntax; Typology

Description:
The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences is seeking to appoint a 1.0 FTE Postdoctoral Researcher for a fixed-term period of 36 months. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to join an ERC-funded project “Syntax shaped by cognition: transforming theories of syntactic systems through laboratory experiments” (Principal Investigator: Dr Jennifer Culbertson). This project aims to explore and formalize the cognitive forces that shape natural language syntax.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Cognitive Science, Linguistics, or Psychology or related disciplines with a proven track record in computational modelling of language or related cognitive processes. Additional experience conducting behavioural experiments is desirable but not required. The post will be based in the Centre for Language Evolution.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Jennifer Culbertson: jennifer.culbertsoned.ac.uk

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

This full-time position is 35 hours a week, and is available from February 2020, however start date is negotiable.

Salary: £33, 797 – £40, 322

Application Deadline: 15-Jan-2020

Web Address for Applications: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=050625

Contact Information:
Dr. Jennifer Culbertson
Email: jennifer.culbertson@ed.ac.uk
Phone: 07477129434

Postdoctoral position in Bilingualism

Application deadline: November 25, 2019

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University announces one 18-month postdoctoral position in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward psycholinguistic/neurocognitive aspects of bi-/multilingualism.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and share an interest in the range of research topics and methodologies that represent the Centre’s expertise within psycho-/neurolinguistic approaches to research in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Centre’s website to determine the extent to which their research interests fit within the Centre’s research program. We encourage especially applications from candidates with documented experience in EEG and eye-tracking methods. Our Multilingualism Lab has space and equipment for experimental and other data collection; for more information, see www.biling.su.se/flerspråkighetslaboratoriet/in-english.

The successful applicant will conduct research in accordance with the research proposal included in the application. This research should be reasonably in line with the Centre’s research agenda. The candidate is expected to design, coordinate and run experiments, present data at international conferences, write manuscripts, and contribute to the academic environment at the Centre at large by attending lab meetings, staff meetings, and seminars.

The candidate is also expected to share their skills and devote a small percentage of their time to ongoing projects at the Centre. There may also be opportunities for teaching (max. 20%) at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels, which will prolong the employment period.

Qualification requirements
Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The PhD degree should have been completed no longer than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. Special attention will be given to applicants with a PhD in linguistics, psychology, bilingualism, or closely related fields.

General qualifications:
• academic excellence as measured through quantity and quality of publications, documented research collaborations, etc.
• previous or current research specialization in the psycho- and/or neurolinguistics of bi-/multilingualism/second language acquisition
• documented experience of working with the methodological paradigms suggested in the candidate’s research proposal
• feasibility of the proposed research
• documented ability to work independently
• documented ability to carry out duties in an efficient and timely fashion
• communicative and social skills
• English proficiency (spoken and written) at advanced level
• a strong proven background in current statistical methods (e.g., mixed linear models, single trial analysis for ERP studies, permutation analysis, etc.Recommended qualifications:
• experience with experimental and other data collection through behavioral experiments, EEG/ERP, and/or eye tracking
• advanced programming skills (e.g., E-Prime, PsychoPy, and/or other relevant presentation software)

More information and application: https://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/jobs

Information about the employment can be obtained from the Director of the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Professor Niclas Abrahamsson, niclas.abrahamsson@biling.su.se, or assistant professors José Alemán Bañon, jose.aleman.banon@biling.su.se and Susan Sayehli, susan.sayehli@biling.su.se.