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Instructions to applicants

The Department of Swedish has announced a funded position for postgraduate students in Nordic languages within the project Speech recognition to help children with reading and writing difficulties produce better texts? (Att skriva är silver och tala guld – eller?). A complete application must be submitted by midnight (24:00) on Monday December 14th, 2015.

Doctoral position (Third cycle)

The starting date for the position is the 1st of March 2016. The content and scope follows the general syllabus for a doctoral degree in Nordic languages (cf. http://svenska.gu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/studieplaner). General and specific entrance requirements are described below. The monthly salary follows tariffs decided by the University of Gothenburg. Those appointed for the positions as PhD students are expected to locate their studies in the Department.


The application is to be made by means of the electronic form in the University of Gothenburg’s net-based Job Application Portal. Once completed, the form serves as the basis of your application. The form contains a number of tabs. Information or attachments must be submitted via the following tabs: 2 Personal Details, 3 Cover Letter, 5 Education, 9 Attachments. In this application it is not necessary to submit any information under the other tabs in the system.

The application needs to be supplemented with various attachments for inspection by the referees appointed to assess your postgraduate application. These attachments correspond to the four headlines presented in the instructions below. Attachments 1, 3 and 4 are to be uploaded under tab 9 "Attachments" in the Job Application Portal while the text for 2 is to be submitted via tab 3 "Cover Letter".

1. Educational certificate (name of file: "Anderson education")
You must enclose an attested educational certificate that lists the courses you have completed. The certificate must demonstrate that you meet the general entrance requirements for postgraduate study as well as the specific entrance requirements specified in the general study plan for the postgraduate subject to which you are applying. If you do not meet the requirements specified under the heading “Behörighetskrav och förkunskapskrav” ("Entrance requirements") in the study plan, then you must submit a separate document (”Anderson entrance requirements”) where you clearly state on what grounds your knowledge can be said to correspond to the general and specific entrance requirements.

2. Cover Letter (submitted under tab 3, Cover Letter)
You must enclose a brief essay where you reflect on your motives for applying to the postgraduate programme. This text may be no more than 3,000 characters (incl. blank spaces), which corresponds to around one page of text with normal density.

3. Project description (name of file: "Anderson project")
You must attach an independently written description of your intended thesis project and its relation to the project Speech recognition to help children with reading and writing difficulties produce better texts?. Before you write it you should study any detailed instructions listed in the general syllabus for your postgraduate subject. The project description may be no more than 12,000 characters (incl. blank spaces), which corresponds to around four pages of text with normal density, and may be written in Swedish or English.

Your thesis plan should contain a clear research problem, a brief survey of the research field to clarify what has previously been done in this area and how your own investigation relates to the existing works: what you wish to incorporate or develop further, but also what has so far been dealt with in an incomplete or unsatisfactory manner. In addition, it should contain a methodology section where you discuss and explain the tools and analytical techniques you wish implement within your research problem. The plan may also contain a preliminary outline of your dissertation, a list of envisaged research stages, as well as reflections on an overriding timeframe for the research process. The plan should preferably be written in such a way that the points listed above are treated as links in a structurally and logically coherent argument where the initial formulation of your research problem serves as a foundation for everything that follows.

Note that the thesis plan is to be written by the applicant independently. Discussing the project with a potential supervisor, or asking general questions about what should be included in a project plan, is permitted but seeking help with writing the actual text is not. If the applicant has consulted someone regarding the thesis project, this must be stated explicitly along with contact information about the consultant.

4. Texts (name of file: ”Anderson text 1”, ”Anderson text 2” etc.)

Submit your advanced-level degree projects and any relevant publications. You may submit up to five texts; any additional texts can be added on a separate list.

For technical support concerning the Job Application Portal, please contact rekrytering@gu.se. Questions related to the content of your application can be directed to the Director of postgraduate Studies at the Department: Henrik Rosenkvist (FU-antagning@svenska.gu.se). Questions regarding the research project Speech recognition to help children with reading and writing difficulties produce better texts? should be directed to Åsa Wengelin (asa.wengelin@svenska.gu.se), principal investigator of the project.

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.

Admission and selection

Applicants’ merits are to be reviewed by staff from each subject. The committee for research and PhD-studies at the Department will subsequently place the most qualified of applicants in order of preference. The Head of Department will make the final decision on admission. All applicants will get a written statement. A preliminary result will be issued by January 11th, after which the applicants will have the opportunity to submit complaints against possible procedural errors before the final decision is made. The process of admission and selection will be completed by January 25th 2016.

The selection among qualified applicants shall be based on their ability to benefit from the study programme as provided in Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Exams, essays, publications and project drafts are assessed based on the following criteria:

  • a) Relevance of research for the research project and significance to knowledge development in the research area, together with relation to theory and previous research,
  • b) Feasibility of research (pertinent methods and sources),
  • c) Novelty of research (independence in relation to traditions of the subject)

Admission and selection will be done according to the merits of the applicants, but is also conditional on the Department’s supervisory resources within the doctoral student’s focus.