Assistant Professor (UD) in computational linguistics (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Arts


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

The Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a team of hardworking and diverse groups of 700 staff members.

Job description

We are looking for a computational linguist with expertise in Natural Language Processing research and applications, and their impact on society. You will prepare and teach courses in the context of the Information Science programmes (BSc and MSc) at the Faculty of Arts, as well as the Erasmus Mundus Research Master in Language and Communication Technologies. These include courses on introducing NLP concepts and applications via project-based work, on state-of-the-art developments in the field, as well as the supervision of Bachelor and Master theses. Expertise areas such as the analysis of linguistic aspects in language technologies and the impact of computational linguistics research on society are particularly welcome, and we expect experience with neural networks, machine learning, and more broadly language-based artificial intelligence. The group is currently open to a variety of areas of expertise, and you will be expected to develop your own line of research. The new assistant professor will be working as part of the Centre for Language and Cognition of the University of Groningen (CLCG), which is the institutional home of all the linguistic research carried out within the Faculty of Arts. The Computational Linguistics group of CLCG provides a vibrant working atmosphere with state-of-the-art research in all major areas of Natural Language Processing.


In addition to a number of basic requirements set by the University of Groningen, such as excellent social and communication skills, presentation skills, coaching skills and a results-oriented attitude:

• you have a PhD in one of Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Language Technology, Artificial Intelligence or related area
• you are keen on conducting high quality research, actively engaging with the national and international research network, seeking external funds, and participating in the group’s activities
• you have teaching experience and expected to acquire relevant teaching qualifications (such as BKO-Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs, Basic Education qualification) within one year.
• you like to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team producing high quality output
• you have the ability to communicate, teach, and perform research in English (CEFR C1 level for reading, listening, writing, speaking)

*Having started to learn Dutch is mandatory for obtaining tenure.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 18 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,807 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,922 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• participation in a pension scheme for employees.

The position entails a contract combining 60% teaching tasks with 40% research-time. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The faculty will facilitate you with obtaining the requested qualifications for teaching and the Dutch language within two years.

The appointment will initially be on a temporary basis for 18 months with the possibility of becoming a permanent position following a positive ‘Results and Development’ assessment. Having started to learn Dutch is a criteria for a permanent position.

The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Starting date: The appointment will start as soon as possible, but at the latest at 1 August 2022

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 24 February 11:59pm / before 25 February 2022 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

You can fill in the form and upload three PDF files (in English):

1. a letter of motivation
2. a CV with your education and work experience, evidence of your involvement in the international research community, evidence of teaching experience, a list of publications, and the names and contact details of two referees
3. a two-page (max) description of research and teaching plans and ideas, including a list of 5 most relevant publications. You can upload this under ”extra document” on the website.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place in March 2022.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Malvina Nissim

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221719

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