Researcher in Linguistics, University in Gothenburg, Sweden

University in Gothenburg
Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 10 Nov 2017

Researcher in Linguistics

Researcher in Linguistics, University in Gothenburg, Sweden: The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science is part of the Faculty of Arts, and employs over a hundred members of staff. The department hosts several large national and international research projects and educate philosophers, logicians, general linguists, computational linguists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers.

The postdoctoral position is funded through a project in Linguistics entitled “Quantity superlatives across languages”, awarded by the Swedish Research Council to docent Elizabeth Coppock (project number 2015-01404). The project will investigate cross-linguistic diversity in how quantity superlatives (“most”, “the most”) are used and interpreted, with particular emphasis on how definiteness affects interpretation, through study of a broad sample of languages. The full project description is available at


Subject area



Subject area description

The primary subfields of the project are formal semantics and typology. The project also has connections to syntax and morphology, and will involve development and application of fieldwork methods for investigating unfamiliar languages.


Job assignments

The researcher will help to lead the project. Duties will include, in collaboration with the rest of the research team: developing stimulus materials and a methodology for collecting reliable data on this topic; selecting a sample of languages; collecting, systematizing, and analyzing data on quantity superlatives and related phenomena; making the data available publicly; and studying its theoretical consequences from a typological and formal semantic perspective.



The applicant must have a doctoral degree. The doctoral thesis should be in an area that is relevant to the project.



Scientific proficiency is the most important criterion for assessment, and special attention will be given to the applicant’s academic works. It is also crucial that the applicant be qualified to help lead the project through which the position is funded. Prior expertise in typology and/or fieldwork is particularly meritorious, and at least some familiarity with formal semantics is highly desirable. Documented good interpersonal skills and good skills in terms of planning and organizing research and communicating their own research results is also important for this role.



Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 1 year and 6 months

Extent: 100 %

First day of employment: 2018-09-01 (or by agreement)


For further information:

Deputy head of research, Ragnar Francén Olinder, Tel: + 46 (0)31-786 4837

Leader of project: Elizabeth Coppock,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


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. 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. Work samples may be applied.


The applicant should follow the “Instructions for Applicants in connection with Promotions to and Appointments of Academically Qualified Teaching Staff other than Professors” The following documents should be enclosed with the application:

• A description of scholarly and pedagogical work

• A list of degrees and employment

• Academic portfolio I: Scholarly qualifications

• Academic portfolio II: Pedagogical qualifications

• Academic portfolio III: Managerial and administrative qualifications

• Academic portfolio IV: Qualifications relating to third-stream activities

• Publications that the applicant wishes to be considered, including doctoral thesis, and also a separate list of these documents


In addition, the applicant should include:

  • proof of educational status (e.g. certificate of doctoral degree)
  • a cover letter highlighting aspects of the applicant’s prior experience which connect to the project, and outlining how the applicant envisions contributing to the project
  • contact information for two academics familiar with the research work of the applicant, for further contact/reference.


The recruitment process may also include interviews.

Complementary documents, such as publications or books that are not attached electronically should be sent in hard copy to the following address: Göteborgs universitet, Helena Bjärnlind, Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori, Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg. The reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

The application is to be written in English.

Closing date: 2017-11-10


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.

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