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PhD position in Turkic Languages, focusing on Linguistic Turcology, Sweden

Publish Date: Sep 01, 2016

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016


Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

Research and teaching at the Department of linguistics and philology covers approx. twenty different languages and linguistic subjects as well as computational linguistics. These include many of the important languages and cultures in the Middle East, to which can be added Hindi, Swahili, Chinese, Ancient Greek and Latin. Comparative Indo-European linguistics and general linguistics are also part of the department

Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%.


For this position, we are seeking a candidate with a solid background in Turkic Studies, who is highly motivated and interested in theoretical and/or descriptive linguistics. We are interested in projects which investigate linguistic phenomena of the Turkic languages. Projects dealing with philological investigation of written sources would only be considered if they contained a major descriptive component. The final form of the dissertation project will be determined in collaboration with the advisor. Applicants should discuss their proposed research with the section chair, László Károly, before submission.

Qualifications: To qualify for a doctoral position a candidate should hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Turkic languages.

How to apply

The application should contain:

  • A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies (maximum one page)
  • A CV containing (i) a description of your education, (ii) a list of academic results, (iii) a list of any academic publications, (iv) professional experience relevant to academic research, and (v) relevant technical skills (maximum three pages)
  • An authorized copy of your master’s degree (or equivalent)
  • A copy of your master’s thesis (and an English summary in maximum ten pages if it is not in English)
  • A research proposal which (i) states a research question, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art. (maximum five pages including references)
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to submit.
  • The application may be written in English or Swedish.

For a general description of PhD student admissions in Sweden, see Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap.7 §§34-36.

Rules of employment of graduate students can be found in the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap.5 §§1-7.

Rules for doctoral education is regulated in the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap.6 kap §§26-36.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Salary: Local salary regulations apply.

Starting: 1 January 2017 or earlier

Working hours: Full time

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