Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian Language Technology at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, Department of Language and Linguistics
Application deadline: 12.5.2013 (May 12, 2013)
Applications shall be marked:Ref. 2013/1640
The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences andEducation, has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the CLEAR (Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian) and Giellatekno (Center for Saami Language Technology) research groups in the Department of Language and Linguistics.
The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of three years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in a senior academic position. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.
Further information about the position is available by contacting the Department Chair Endre Mørck, tlf. 776 44238, e-post: firstname.lastname@example.org and Professor Trond Trosterud tlf. 776 44763, e-post: email@example.com.
The Department of Language and Linguistics (IS) has approximately 40 permanent faculty members and approximately 20 PhD students. In addition there are administrative andtemporary employees in research and teaching positions. IS conducts teaching, research, and dissemination in the area of general linguistics, English, Finnish and Kven, French, Norwegian, Russian, Saami, Spanish, and German. There is also work done on Saami language technology in the Giellatekno and Divvun research groups.
Due to the strategic position of the University of Tromsø with respect to the High North, it is natural for IS to invest its resources in the languages of the High North, although research is also conducted on a broad spectrum of other topics andwith various theoretical approaches. A previously free-standing Center of Excellence in theoretical linguistics (CASTL) continues as a research group in IS. In addition to the Saami Language Technology and CASTL research groups,there are research groups in Slavic Cognitive Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Language and Society.
The successful applicant will work with topics in the field of computational linguistics in Russian that will interface with existing language technology resources for the other languages of the High North (Final StateTransducer and Constraint Grammar). Central to this work are the development of rule-based machine translation and interactive materials for language learning.
The successful applicant must have a Norwegian doctoral degree in linguistics, computational linguistics or computer science, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degreerecognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. The successful applicant will have conducted research on rule-based machine translation and have experience with final state transducers and constraint grammar. Familiarity with the Apertium machine translation platform is an advantage.Knowledge of, or experience with research on Russian, Norwegian, Finnish and North Saami are also desirable.
When applying for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, the applicant shall submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. This proposal shall include a progress plan. It is required that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.
Further, applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in the form of documented practical competence as ateacher, university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through having developed a teaching portfolio, refer to the website about teacher training courses.
Emphasis shall be attached to personal suitability.
The working hours shall be used for research, research-related activities and research administration.
The position mayinclude teaching or equivalent duties for UiT of up to a 25% position.
The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.
The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.
A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.
The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description drawn up for the position.
The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.
The University of Tromsø wishes to increase the proportion of females in research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equallyqualified, female applicants will be given priority.
The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available onwww.jobbnorge.no.
In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following shall be sent directly tothe Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø:
- Letter of application
- CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
- Certified copies of diplomas and references
- Form for documentation of teaching qualifications
- List of works and description of these (see below)
The list of works shall contain the following information:
· author(s), the work’s title
· for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
- for books or other publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
The applicant may submit up to 10 works that are central to his/her production. The applicant’s doctoral thesis is regarded in this context as one work. The works must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete sets. In addition, applicants may submit one copy of the additional listed works.
In addition, theapplicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.
The works shall be sent, by the closing date for applications, directly to:
Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
University of Tromsø
Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Rellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at the University of Tromsøand to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).
Questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment,health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.
The University of Tromsø has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.
The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.
Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance withSection 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, theUniversity may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.
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