The University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of

The position will be located at the Department of Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Arts that covers disciplines ranging from language technology and phonetics to cognitive science. The department is also the coordinating home of HELDIG, the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities. The Faculty of Arts has recently attracted an outstanding amount of prestigious international research funding, and digital humanities is one of the focus areas of the Faculty.

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his/her qualifications and career stage.

We are inviting applications from experts in natural language processing and empirical linguistics with a focus on the development and application of translation technology to lower linguistic barriers that cause inequalities in society. We expect work that emphasizes the methodology in applied research within a strong cross-disciplinary framework and require competence in digital humanities as well as experience with data-driven technology. We especially encourage research on multimodal translation approaches with a highly multilingual setup leading to a tight collaboration with phonetics, language technology and translation studies.


University of Helsinki


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to:
? scientific publications
? success in obtaining external research funding
? leading of scientific research
? international research experience
? activity in the academic community
? teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits
? leadership and interaction skills
? vision of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
? assessor statements and success in interview.

Language requirements:

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.

Educational level:

Ph. D.

How to apply:

Please mention NLP People as a source when applying

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
? A curriculum vitae
? A numbered list of publications
? A report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant?s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
? A vision (max. 2 pages) of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
? A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise

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