PhD position at Uppsala University

Institution/Organization: Uppsala University
Department: Linguistics and Philology
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics



PhD position in Semitic languages, with focus on Semitic linguistics
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a
strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research
and education and to interact constructively with 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
44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 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 Ancient Greek and Latin, Hindi,
Swahili, Chinese, and many of the important languages and cultures in the
Middle East. 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%, which is carried out against an
appropriate prolongation of the contract.

Duties/Project description:
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 have a linguistic orientation and should fall
within the areas of expertise available within the Semitic section at the
Particular importance will be given to 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 competence in those languages
required for reading secondary literature of relevance to the proposed
research project.

How to apply:

Applications should include:
- Covering letter
- Research plan of 3-5 pages
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copies of degree certificates
- Master’s thesis and other academic work
- Any other documents that the applicant wishes to submit

Interviews may be used in the selection process.

The application should be written in Swedish or in English.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance
chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

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: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-12-2019 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education
Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact:
Professor Eleanor Coghill ( ), phone +46 (0)18
471 1002
Director of graduate studies, Professor Christer Henriksén
(, phone + 46 (0)18 471 6845.

Please submit your application by October 24, 2019, UFV-PA 2019/3210.

Application Deadline: 24-Oct-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Prof. Eleanor Coghill
Phone:+46 (0)18 471 1002