PhD Position in Turkic Languages

Uppsala University Department of Linguistics and Philology

PhD student in Turkic Languages, focusing on Linguistic Turcology

Published: 2021-07-01

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Linguistics and Philology is involved in research and education in a number of languages and language-related subjects and provides an international work environment. The department’s activities cover many of the classical and modern languages and cultures in large areas of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as computational  and general linguistics. Education is offered at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. 

Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full- time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. 
Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract. 

Duties/Project description: We are seeking a candidate with a solid background in Turkic Studies, who is highly motivated and interested in theoretical and/or descriptive linguistics. We are interested in projects which investigate linguistic phenomena of the Turkic languages. Projects dealing with philological investigation of written sources would only be  considered if they contained a major descriptive component. The final form of the dissertation project will be determined in collaboration with the advisor. Applicants should  discuss their proposed research with Birsel Karakoç before submission.

Requirements: To qualify for a doctoral position a candidate should hold a master’s degree or equivalent in Turkic languages.

Additional qualifications: Solid and broad language skills are a merit, as is experience  from international study environments. 

The application should contain: 

  • A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies (maximum one page) 
  • A CV containing (i) a description of your education, (ii) a list of academic results, (iii) a list of any academic publications, (iv) professional experience relevant to academic research, and (v) relevant technical skills (maximum three pages) 
  • An authorized copy of your master’s degree (or equivalent) 
  • A copy of your master’s thesis (and an English summary in maximum ten pages if it is not in English) 
  • A research proposal which (i) states a research question, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art (maximum five pages including references) 
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to submit. 

The application may be written in English or Swedish. 

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§  1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines and at 

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 1 January 2022 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact:

Professor Birsel Karakoç, Birsel.Karakoç, phone +46 (0)18 471 5173 

Director of graduate studies, Professor Christer Henriksén 
(, phone + 46 (0)18 471 6845 

Senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg (, phone +46 (0)18  471 1907 

Please submit your application by 30 augusti 2021, UFV-PA 2021/1740.

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Placement: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/1740

Last application date: 2021-08-30

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