Doctoral Researcher in Scandinavian languages or general linguistics

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 20 Dec 2023

The Faculty of arts invites applications for a position as

Doctoral Researcher

for fixed-term employment for 3 years starting around February 1, 2024.


Project-funded Doctoral Researcher in Scandinavian languages or general linguistics for 3 years.
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 3 years, full-time (100 %)
Location: Scandinavian Languages, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki
First day of employment: February 1, 2024, or as soon as possible after this date by agreement
Deadline for applications: December 20, 2023 

Position description:
The Faculty of Arts at the Univeristy of Helsinki invites applications for a position as Doctoral Researcher within the research environment Grandma Karl is 27 years old: Automatic pseudonymization of research data (funded by the Swedish Research Council):
https://mormor-karl.github.io/ and https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/projects/grandma-karl-is-27-years-old-automatic-pseudonymization-of-resear .

Key responsibilities:
The successful candidate should: 

  • write their doctoral thesis within the core area of the funding research environment Grandma Karl (see above), 
  • conduct independent and interdisciplinary research on topics related to pseudonymisation, readability, language assessment, Scandinavian languages, and general linguistics under supervision from supervisors and other project members,
  • cooperate with other project members,
  • participate in the activities of the project (meetings, seminars, workshops etc.).
  • In addition to the primary research duties outlined above, the selected doctoral researcher will also be expected to contribute to administrative tasks of the project.

The research project:
The position is funded mainly by a research environment grant from the Swedish Research Council on automatic pseudonymisation of research data and how this affects texts. The project leader is Elena Volodina (University of Gothenburg) and the local project leader is Therese Lindström Tiedemann (University of Helsinki) who will also supervise the doctoral researcher who is hired. 

Accessibility of research data is critical for advances in many research fields, but textual data often cannot be shared due to the presence of personal and sensitive information, e.g. names, political opinions. GDPR suggests pseudonymisation as a solution, but we need to learn more about it before adopting it for manipulation of research data, not least in connection to linguistic research.

The Grandma Karl research environment targets several aspects of pseudonymisation, aiming to advance work on open access to research data in Sweden, Finland and internationally. The primary focus of this position will be research into how pseudonymisation might affect the utility of research data, readability and language assessment of freely written texts (e.g. essays, blogs) and how pseudonymisation might affect theoretical conclusions in relation to linguistics and language assessment. This work will be supported and supervised by supervisors from Scandinavian languages and general linguistics, but also by project members from other subjects. During the PhD the successful candidate will also take courses relevant for their thesis. 

Qualifications:
To meet the basic entry requirements of the doctoral programme in language studies (HELSLANG) at the University of Helsinki, you must: 

  • fulfill the general language requirements for employment, i.e. you need the required level in Finnish, Swedish or English and in this particular case you need to show advanced knowledge of Swedish or another mainland Scandinavian language (i.e. Danish or Norwegian) as well as good knowledge of English,
  • have a master’s degree in an area that is sufficiently relevant for your PhD research,
  • have the right to pursue a doctoral degree in a doctoral programme at the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki OR be willing to apply for such right by 16 April 2024 and understand that not receiving the right can mean that you may lose your position.

Details of employment:

Starting salary approximately 2 500 euro/month

Application process:
To apply for the position, please submit the following documents through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation including contact details to the referees
  • A transcript of university courses 
  • A preliminary research plan (max 6 pages, not binding), including:
    • research interests and relevant previous experience
    • aims and objectives
    • suggested research questions
    • a brief survey of previous research on related topics with a clear link to your research questions.
    • approximate time plan including a preliminary publication plan.

Selection process: 
Applications will be reviewed by the local leader of the project (Docent Therese Lindström Tiedemann) in collaboration with project members in Sweden as well as members of the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki and/or the Department of Digital humanities, University of Helsinki. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Helsinki or via zoom.


Further information:
About the position and the project: Therese Lindström Tiedemann , University lecturer of the Swedish language and Docent in Scandinavian languages and General linguistics. For more information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Jenni Syväoja (hr-humtdk(at)helsinki.fi).

The Faculty of Arts  at the University of Helsinki is the oldest and the largest humanities teaching and research unit in Finland in terms of its disciplinary structure and range of subjects. It is also a major international research, education and cultural community.



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