Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology

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.


Professor Michael Dunn from the Department of Linguistics and Philology seeks an energetic colleague to participate in the Riksbankens Jubileumsfonds project "Cultural Evolution of Texts", which will run for the period 2020-2023. Duties are twofold: Firstly, the employee will act as organiser and scientific secretary for regular project meetings with a group of collaborators from Sweden, Denmark and Germany. This will include both administrative and scientific tasks. The second set of duties is to work as research assistant to Prof Dunn and a postdoctoral researcher based in Uppsala, collecting, coding and running analysis on data.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the project (e.g. linguistics, philology, evolutionary anthropology or biology)
  • Evidence of good communication and organisational skills
  • Experience in quantitative or empirical research in language, culture and/or evolutionary sciences
  • High level written English sufficient for writing, editing and proofreading scientific publications
  • Swedish language ability sufficient for administrative purposes

The employee will be required to be physically present at the workplace during working hours.

Additional qualifications

The following additional qualifications are desirable

  • Ability to code and annotate data accurately and consistently
  • Documented ability to work with scripts in R or python on an OSX/unix system
  • Experience with website design
  • Experience in data management and archiving
  • Scientific publications in a linguistic/cultural field
  • Relevant technical experience in fields relevant to the project, including e.g. phylogenetics, databases, ancient languages, cuisine.
  • Master’s degree is a merit.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 01-01-2020.

Type of employment: Permanent employment. Probationary period may be applied.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Michael Dunn, michael.dunn@lingfil.uu.se, +46 (0)18 471 1341.

Please submit your application by November 1, 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3149.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/3149
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 11.Oct.2019
Last application date 01.Nov.2019 11:59 PM CET

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