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Instructions to applicants

The Department of Swedish has announced three (3) funded positions for postgraduate students in Natural language processing, Nordic languages and Swedish as a second language, one position for each discipline. A complete application must be submitted by midnight (24:00) on Tuesday May 6th, 2014.

Doctoral position (Third cycle)

The PhD-program starts on September 1st, 2014. The content and scope follows the general syllabus for a doctoral degree in Natural language processing, Nordic languages, or Swedish as a second language, or for a licentiate degree in Swedish as a second language, respectively; these are currently under revision, and preliminary versions of the new syllabus are available here. General and specific entrance requirements are also described below. The monthly salary follows tariffs decided by the University of Gothenburg. Those appointed for the positions as postgraduate 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. 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, 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. For applicants in Natural language processing, the project description shall relate to the funding project Distributional Methods to Represent the Meaning of Frames and Constructions.

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.

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: Benjamin Lyngfelt, Professor of Swedish, (FU-antagning@svenska.gu.se). Questions regarding the position in Natural language processing should be directed to Richard Johansson, leader of the funding 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, 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.

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 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 May 22nd, 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 June 5th.

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). For applicants in Natural language processing, the relevance will be assessed in relation to the project Distributional Methods to Represent the Meaning of Frames and Constructions.
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.

 

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