Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

University of Gothenburg Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, one or several

Ref PAR 2021/115


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the Faculty of Arts has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about 350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its various academic domains.

Subject area


Subject area description

Linguistics is a subject authorised to award qualifications at all levels, including in third-cycle studies. It can be included as a main field of study in Bachelor and Master Degrees. Linguistics is also part of the Department's Master in Communication specialising in public communication for authorities and the Master in Language Technology program.

Linguistic interaction is the main overarching theme for research in linguistics at FLoV. This entails an interest in the formal modelling of not only the systems of conventions that make up particular languages but also the social practices and psychological mechanisms enabling language use.

At the department, there is also the Centre for Linguistic Theory and Studies in Probability (CLASP), funded by a 10-year grant from the Swedish Research Council (2015-2025). CLASP is devoted to research and advanced training in the application of probabilistic modelling and machine learning methods to core issues in linguistic theory and cognition. 

Job assignments

The position involves both teaching and research. Teaching duties are at first and second cycle level in Linguistics (in areas such as phonetics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics), in the Masters programme for communication officers in the public sector, and in the Master in Language Technology (MLT) programme. Teaching is mostly in Swedish, with the exception of the MLT, which is taught in English.  Teaching assignments within the Masters programmes are performed in cooperation with other departments.

The successful applicant is expected to conduct research within linguistics, and to apply for external research funding, which will increase their employment percentage accordingly. The applicant must in their application, describe how their research fits with the subject's overall theme (linguistic interaction) as described above.

The holder of the position is expected to be physically present at the Department and regularly participate in its operations. Other tasks may also be required within the context of the employment.


The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Candidates must have completed their doctoral degree and have pedagogical experiences and skills.


Teaching and research skills will be equally weighted in the assessment of candidates suitability. Administrative experience is considered an advantage. Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the appointments procedure of the University of Gothenburg.

For a position as teacher the applicant should be chosen who, -after an overall assessment of skills and development potential, is judged most suitable to carry out the tasks involved in the position-. Proven ability in planning, performing, evaluating and developing, both independently and in cooperation with others, relevant teaching, including supervision is an advantage, as is documented ability to develop and deploy innovative teaching methods.

A good publication track record, credentials in the form of successful research grant applications, and a documented ability to engage in public outreach activities will be considered an advantage when assessing candidates’ scientific skills. We are looking for a candidate who can contribute to our subject area both academically and pedagogically, and who has the personal qualities required to collaborate both with a small team and more widely within the university in order to support the development of the department.


Type of employment: Permanent position.

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg

First day of employment: On agreement. Probationary employment

For further information:

Fredrik Engström, Head of department, +46(0)31-786 6335, 

For information concerning the recruitment process, please contact Jennifer Stråle, HR Administrator,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

Information for International Applicants

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

The application should be designed in accordance with the instructions for qualifications portfolios at the Faculty of Humanities:

Please note that the following documents should be attached to the application:

  • Doctoral Degree certificate
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Any study materials
  • The full text of a maximum of 10 scientific articles that the applicant particularly wishes to cite
  • Description of scientific and educational work
  • List of higher education qualifications and employment
  • Qualifications Portfolio I: Scientific qualifications
  • Qualifications Portfolio II: Teaching qualifications
  • Qualifications Portfolio III: Management and administrative experience
  • Qualifications Portfolio IV: Experience in cooperation with the local community

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: University of Gothenburg, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, SWEDEN. Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

We prefer applications written in English, since a person with international expertise may be appointed as external assessor.

Closing date: 2021-04-29

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.