LINGUIST List 31.2145

Thu Jul 02 2020

Jobs: Computational Linguistics; Syntax: Post Doc, University of Oslo

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Date: 26-Jun-2020
From: Dag Haug <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Syntax: Post Doc, University of Oslo, Norway
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University or Organization: University of Oslo
Department: Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Job Location: Oslo, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoc in Linguistics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Syntax


A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo.

The position is part of the UiO convergence environment ImmunoLingo ( research/strategic-research-areas/life-science/research/convergence-environments/immunolingo/) led by Dr. Victor Greiff.

The convergence environment will set out to decipher the molecular language of adaptive immunity, which we call ImmunoLingo. Understanding Immunolingo is of incredible importance for the design and discovery of precision immunodiagnostics and immunotherapeutics. Our goal will be achieved by transdisciplinarily combining expertise of life sciences, machine learning, statistics and linguistics researchers. The fundamental hypothesis of ImmunoLingo is that there exists a meaningful structure in the amino acid sequence that defines what the receptor of an adaptive immune cell will recognize.

The candidate will use techniques from theoretical and computational linguistics to explore this structure. Relevant approaches include parsing amino acid sequences with multiple context free grammars based on grammar induction and engineering, semantic analysis of the discovered structures, and grammatical analysis of of individuals' immune repertoires. Much of this work will complement analysis based on deep learning within the project leading to fruitful combination of rule-based and machine learning-based methods. Sequence motifs in the immune system are known to be highly discontinuous and overlapping and an important goal of the project is to develop scaleable techniques for dealing with these phenomena also in natural language.

The candidate will join the linguistics group at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, which has a vibrant research community. He or she will also have the opportunity to work in cross-disciplinary groups with other ImmunoLingo researchers at the Department of Immunology, the Department of Informatics and the Department of Mathematics. The main supervisor of the candidate's work will be Dr. Dag Trygve Truslew Haug. Dr. Geir Sandve from informatics and dr. Victor Greiff from Immunology will be co-supervisors. Within three months of the start date, the successful candidate should have finalized a project description in collaboration with the supervisors.

The position is available for a period of 3 years. There is a 10 % component of compulsory work which will be assigned by UiO:Life Science in agreement with the project leader, contingent on the qualifications of the candidate.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Application Deadline: 10-Sep-2020

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof Dag Haug

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