Associate Professor of Computer Science with a specialisation in Natural Language Processing

Linköping University


June 22, 2022


Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Computer and Information Science was founded in 1983 but its roots go back to the early 1970s. It is one of the largest computer science departments in northern Europe.

Our research covers a broad spectrum of fields, from core to applied computer sciences. Its vast scope also benefits our undergraduate and graduate programmes, and we now teach courses in several engineering programmes at bachelor's and master's levels, as well as the programmes in statistics, cognitive science and innovative programming. Read more at https: //

LINKÖPING UNIVERSITY hereby advertises a position as

Associate Professor of Computer Science with a specialisation in Natural Language Processing

formally based at the Department of Computer and Information Science

Description of the subject area Research in natural language processing develops, analyses and applies computational models of human language.

This position is based within the Natural Language Processing group at the Division for Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computer Systems (AIICS). The group does research in a broad area, focusing on theoretical and empirical analysis of neural language models, development of methods for extending these models with non-linguistic signals such as images and videos, and application within information extraction. The group is responsible for teaching natural language processing and text mining in several education programmes at the basic level, advanced level, and PhD level.

Duties The duties assigned to teaching staff may comprise educational responsibilities or research, and administrative tasks. Teachers are also responsible for monitoring developments within their subject areas and developments in the wider community that are significant to their role as a teacher at a higher education institution. The holder of the appointment will participate in teaching at undergraduate and advanced levels.

The main duties of the position are research and teaching in natural language processing. In detail, this includes:

  • Carry out research and publish it in internationally eminent conferences and journals
  • Apply for external research funding
  • Develop, plan, carry out and evaluate teaching
  • Supervise and examine final theses
  • Contribute to research training through PhD courses and supervision of PhD students
  • Collaborate with other researchers and society
  • Even other teaching and administrative tasks can be part of the duties. For this position, the language of instruction will be Swedish and English.

    Qualifications To be qualified for this appointment the applicant must have demonstrated teaching proficiency, received a Degree of Doctor or have the equivalent academic expertise or other professional skill which is of significance with consideration for the subject relevant to the appointment and the associated duties.

    Here, the definition of “equivalent academic expertise” is a documented foreign degree which is deemed to be at least equivalent to a Degree of Doctor.

    The definition of “other professional skill” is relevant professional skill gained outside of higher education. Other professional skill can be considered as a condition of eligibility only for employment in which proven experience within a profession is important.

    Grounds for assessment As grounds for assessment when appointing an associate professor, the level of proficiency required to qualify for the appointment shall apply.

    As much attention shall be given to the assessment of teaching proficiency as to other conditions of eligibility.

    For this position, equal weight is given to scholarly and teaching proficiency.

    Scholarly proficiency must have been demonstrated through: original research resulting in publication, through planning and managing research and third- cycle courses and study programmes and through the ability to obtain research grants Scholarly proficiency can also be demonstrated through the ability to achieve results in research through collaboration with other teachers and through the ability to provide information about research.

    The applicants must document their ability to carry out qualified research within natural language processing and have published their research in internationally eminent conferences or journals. External research funding obtained in competition with others and assignments and activities within the international research community are particularly meritorious for the position.

    Teaching proficiency is demonstrated through the ability to convey relevant knowledge and skills, to stimulate students such that they drive their own learning process, to create engagement and interest in the subject area, and the ability to structure and organise both the content and forms of work in relation to the goals of the subject area. In addition, the teaching proficiency must have been demonstrated through the ability to contribute to the development and renewal of education and the ability to reflect on their own attitude to education and the results of their work.

    The applicants must document their teaching experience in natural language processing. The relevant teaching for this position requires the ability to convey skills in applying deep learning within natural language processing. Documented experience in course development and supervision of final thesis and PhD students are particularly meritorious for the position.

    Collaboration with society is an integral part of the research and educational mission of the higher education institution, where the ability to use collaboration with society as a means to raise the quality of the education and research, its relevance, dissemination, accessibility and application may constitute grounds for assessment.

    Collaboration within education is demonstrated through the ability to plan, arrange and carry out productive collaboration in an educational context, with the aim of ensuring the relevance of the education and its role in preparing for professional life.

    Collaboration within research is demonstrated by the ability to disseminate, make accessible and benefit from research through the production and dissemination of popular scientific material, collaborative projects with external non-academic actors, commissioned consulting as expert, mobility projects, commercialisation, and activities undertaken within the framework of permitted secondary employment.

    The applicant should show an ability to teach in English. It is desirable that the successful candidate with another mother tongue than Swedish should be able to teach in Swedish within two years from being appointed.

    Appointment procedure The position will be appointed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University on the advice of the Appointments Board. A letter of intent will be required of the applicants who make the short list for the position.

    Starting date By agreement.

    Salary The University applies individual salary scales based on the experience of the employee and the labour market.

    Union representatives To get in contact with union representatives, see below.

    Application procedure Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received no later than June 22, 2022.

    Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

    Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application.

    Please note that printed publications will not be returned. They will be archived at Linköping University.

    In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent.

    We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    Linköping university has framework agreements and wishes to decline direct contacts from staffing- and recruitment companies as well as vendors of job advertisements.

    Contact persons

    Marco Kuhlmann


    Linda Strandman


    Christina Hammarstedt

    Secretary of the Appointments Board

    +46 13 281528

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