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Instructions to applicants

The Department of Swedish has announced three funded positions for postgraduate students in Natural Language Processing, Nordic Languages and Swedish as a Second Language. A complete application must be submitted by midnight (24:00) on Monday 3 October 2016.

 

Instructions to applicants for Funded PhD position in Nordic languages and Funded PhD position in Swedish as a second language

Doctoral position (Third cycle)

The PhD program starts on 2 February 2017. The content and scope follows the general syllabus for a doctoral degree in Natural Language Processing, Nordic Languages, or Swedish as a Second Language, respectively (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.

Application

The application is to be made by means of the electronic form in the University of Gothenburg’s net-based Job Application Portal (for international applicants to the PhD program in Natural Language Processing, more specific instructions can be found in the document Instructions and practical information to applicants). 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 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, and may be written in Swedish or English.

3. Project description (name of file:”Anderson project”)

You must attach an independently written description of your intended thesis project. 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 24,000 characters (incl. blank spaces), which corresponds to around eight pages of text with normal density, and may be written in Swedish or English.

Your thesis plan should contain a clear research problem in connection with your area of investigation, and you must motivate why this particular problem is worthy of closer investigation. The introduction of the research problem should lead to a description of the precise purpose of the investigation, which in turn may include examples of the questions you will seek to answer or the hypotheses you wish to test.

It should contain 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.

It should also contain a methodology section where you discuss and explain the tools and analytical techniques you wish implement within your research problem. Here you should also clarify the theoretical framework that serves as a foundation for your investigation, and also define the materials that you mainly intend to work with. 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.

As for the position in Natural Language Processing, the applicant is expected to present a plan that relates to the research at the Swedish Language Bank (http://spraakbanken.gu.se/).

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 (Henrik.Rosenkvist@svenska.gu.se). Questions regarding the position in Natural Language Processing may also be directed to professor Lars Borin (lars.borin@svenska.gu.se).

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, Natural language processing: At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in Computational linguistics, Language technology, or Natural language processing, including a research paper of at least 15 credits

or

At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in linguistics, including a research paper of at least 15 credits, plus at least 30 credits from first-level courses in Language technology, Computational linguistics, Natural language processing, or Computer science.

or

At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in Computer science, including a research paper of at least 15 credits, plus at least 30 credits from first-level courses in linguistics.

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. Knowledge of Swedish is not a requirement.

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.

Specific entry requirements, Swedish as a second language: At least 120 higher education credits in Swedish as a second language, Nordic languages, or General linguistics are required for admission to the third-cycle programme. 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 discipline. 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.

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 (significance to knowledge development in the research area, together with relation to previous research, theory and method). 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.

A preliminary decision and evaluations of applicants will be communicated to the applicants by 5th December 2016. Formal complaints (e.g., relating to breach of procedure) may be lodged with the head of the department within two weeks after this date. The final decision will be made public by 20th December 2016.


Instructions and practical information to applicants in Funded PhD position in Natural language processing

The Department of Swedish has announced one fully funded four-year PhD position in Natural Language Processing. The application deadline is midnight (24.00) CET, 3rd October 2016.

PhD position (Third cycle)

The starting date for the PhD employment is 1st February 2017, or as soon as possible after this date, by negotiation, and the funding is available for four years of full-time PhD work. The content and scope follows the general syllabus for a PhD degree in Natural Language Processing (see den allmänna studieplanen). General and specific admittance requirements are described below under “Eligibility”. PhD salaries follow a fixed payscale set by the university. PhD positions are regular salaried positions, meaning that PhD candidates should spend the major part of their working hours in the department.

Application

The application is made online in the University of Gothenburg’s web-based Job Application Portal. The online form contains a number of tabs. Information or enclosures must be submitted via the following tabs: 2 Personal Details, 3 Cover Letter, 5 Education, 9 Attachments. Other tabs are not relevant to this application and should not be used.

The following must be submitted with the application in order for it to be considered. Applications not including all of the enclosures listed below may be considered incomplete and consequently not eligible on formal grounds. Enclosures 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”.

Please use descriptive file names for the uploaded documents. Note that the names must be unique. Avoid using space characters in the document names, and submit documents in pdf format only.

1. Educational certificate

You must enclose an attested educational certificate listing the courses you have completed, including their extent. The certificate must show that you meet the general admittance requirements for postgraduate study as well as the specific admittance requirements specified in the syllabus for PhD studies in Natural Language Processing (both described below under “Eligibility”). If you do not meet these requirements, a separate document must be enclosed, where you clearly state on what grounds your qualifications can be said to correspond to the general and specific admittance requirements. Educational certificates in other languages than English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian must be accompanied by a certified translation into one of these languages.

2. Cover letter (submitted under tab 3, Cover Letter)

You must enclose a brief essay (written in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian) where you reflect on your motives for applying to the postgraduate program. This cover letter is restricted to 3,000 characters in length (incl. spaces), corresponding to approximately one page of text.

3. Project description

You must enclose an independently written description of your intended PhD project (written in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian). The description is restricted to 24,000 characters in length (incl. spaces), corresponding to approximately 8 pages of text. The document format must be pdf without any kind of password protection.

Your project description should present a specific research question, together with a theoretically and methodologically grounded discussion motivating why this particular question merits investigation. It should contain a brief survey of the research field presenting previous research and how your own proposed project relates to this research, in particular how your project will build on this earlier research and in what way it is expected to advance the field. It should further contain a methodology and data section where you discuss data requirements and availability, as well as the tools and analytical techniques with which you intend to address your research question. The project description may also contain a preliminary thesis outline and a commented rough time plan for the project.

The project description should 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 question serves as a foundation for everything that follows.

The research in Natural Language Processing in the department is conducted in our language technology research unit Språkbanken (the Swedish Language Bank; <http://spraakbanken.gu.se/>), and, as characteristic of language technology research, each research project normally involves a group of researchers, including PhD candidates. Your project description should make clear how your research question could connect to ongoing research in Språkbanken. For an overview of the research activities, see <http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/research> and <http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/publications>. If other individuals have been involved in the development of your project description, even if only in an advisory capacity, the nature and extent of their involvement must be stated explicitly, and contact information provided for the person(s) involved.

4. Publications

Enclose relevant publications in support of your application. In addition to any peer-reviewed conference and journal publications, you may include advanced-level theses. Up to five publications can be enclosed; bibliographic information on any additional publications can be enclosed as a separate list. In order to be considered by the evaluators, the publications must be written in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. In the case of co-authored publications, please specify the extent and nature of your contribution to the publication. Note that the full texts themselves must be uploaded, not abstracts or URLs. The document format must be pdf without any kind of password protection.

For technical support concerning the Job Application Portal, please contact <rekrytering@gu.se>. Questions related to the application itself may be directed to Lars Borin, Professor of Natural Language Processing <lars.borin@svenska.gu.se>, phone 46 31 786 4544 (office), 46 70 747 8386 (mobile).

Eligibility

General admission requirements
To meet the basic admission requirements of PhD programs 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 program in some other country or be able to demonstrate the possession of equivalent qualifications.

Specific admission requirements, Natural language processing:
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

At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in linguistics, including a thesis of at least 15 credits, plus at least 30 credits from first-level courses in Language Technology, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, or Computer Science.

or

At least 30 credits from second-cycle courses in Computer Science, including a thesis of at least 15 credits, plus at least 30 credits from first-level courses in Linguistics.

Applicants must have good written and oral proficiency in English. Knowledge of Swedish is not a requirement.

Evaluation and ranking of applications

The project description and enclosed publications will be evaluated according to relevance and originality of the research question and feasibility of the research project. Both the general background and specific qualifications of the applicants will be taken into account in the evaluation, as well as the availability of sufficient thesis advising capacity in the department for the proposed PhD project.

A preliminary decision and evaluations of applicants will be communicated to the applicants by 5th December 2016. Formal complaints (e.g., relating to breach of procedure) may be lodged with the head of the department within two weeks after this date. The final decision will be made public by 20th December 2016.

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