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Funded PhD position in Nordic languages
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Basis: 100%
Location: Department of Swedish, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment: 2016-03-01
Reference number: UR 2015/1116

The department of Swedish announces a doctoral studentship position within the project Speech recognition to help children with reading and writing difficulties produce better texts? (Att skriva är silver och tala guld – eller?)

Job description

The successful candidate is expected to devote his or her time primarily to the completion of obligatory course work and the writing of a doctoral dissertation. He or she may, however, undertake a limited amount of teaching, administration or research not directly connected to their dissertation topic.

As the position is funded mainly by a research grant from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation the applicant’s research should fit within the research programme of the project.

The project

With the advent of new information technologies, new curricula, and greater specialization in the workplace, written communication has become a vector for integration and success within our society. Young people, in particular, communicate to a large extent through various media such as smart phones, computers and tablets, and hence produce more written language than ever before. The consequences of this for people with reading and writing difficulties, however, remain to a large extent unexplored.

Since quite recently many of the above-mentioned devices offer the possibility to use speech recognition in order to dictate texts and messages instead of typing them. This could in principle facilitate written communication for people with reading and writing difficulties by reducing the cognitive load of spelling but our knowledge about the effects of using the spoken modality for the production of written language is limited. In this project we focus on how dictation through speech recognition works for people with reading and writing difficulties and how it affects the language production processes and finally edited texts. In addition, we are interested in how language-specific the answers to these questions are.

General entry requirements

To meet the basic entry requirements of doctoral programmes at the University of Gothenburg, applicants must have obtained a second-cycle degree, have completed studies of at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, have completed a corresponding programme in some other country or be able to demonstrate the possession of equivalent qualifications.

Specific entry requirements, Nordic languages: At least 120 higher education credits are required for admission to the third-cycle programme in Nordic languages. At least 30 credits must be from the advanced level courses and include a research paper of at least 15 credits. Applicants must have good reading skills in the languages necessary for the completion of obligatory course work and in order to be able to participate actively in department seminars.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in Higher Education Ordinance, SFS 1998:80.
Specific attention will be paid to the quality of the applicant’s earlier research, academic writing skills and possible earlier publications. In addition we will assess how the applicants academic background and submitted research plan fit the project. Priority will be given to applicant’s who possess:

  • experience of using experimental and quantitative research methods,
  • knowledge of psycholinguistic/cognitive models of language production,
  • experience of working with people with reading and writing difficulties
  • excellent command of Swedish language and good English language skills.

For further information, please contact:

Henrik Rosenkvist, Ass. Professor of Scandinavian Languages, Director of postgraduate studies
 4631-786 5651 (FU-antagning@svenska.gu.se).
Åsa Wengelin, Ass. Professor, Principal Investigator
 4631-786 4909

Labour union

OFR/S: Peter Brandt
031-786 1169

SACO: Martin Selander
031-786 1987

SEKO: Lennart Olsson
031-786 1173

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