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PhD positions in Semitic Languages, Sweden

Publish Date: Jun 29, 2016

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016

About the university

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%.


The field of Semitic languages at Uppsala University includes research and teaching in primarily Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic/Syriac and Assyriology, as well as in Comparative Semitics.

The dissertation project should fall within the areas of expertise available at the department, in particular Semitic linguistics. It is intended that at least one project will involve documentation of a living Semitic variety.

The primary criteria for selection will be the quality of the proposed project and the applicant’s fitness to carry it out.


To qualify, a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Semitic languages or equivalent. The candidate is expected to have reading abilities in other languages in order to be able to read secondary literature of relevance to the proposed research project. 

How to apply

Applications should include a letter in which the applicant describes him- or herself, as well as a research plan of 3-5 pages. The application should contain a CV, copies of degree certificates, a master’s thesis or other academic work and any other documents that the applicant wishes to submit. Interviews may be used in the selection process.

The application should be written in English.

Note that the application and all relevant documents must be submitted electronically through MyNetwork.

More information about the PhD programme at the department can be found at the "Further official information" link.

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

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

Rules for doctoral education is regulated in the Act of higher education (Högskoleförordningen) chap.6 §§26-36. Can be found in the official page.

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: Jan 2017

Working hours: Full time

Deadline for application September 30th 2016, UFV-PA 2016/1717.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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