LINGUIST List 32.1924

Thu Jun 03 2021

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Assistant Professor, University of Groningen

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 02-Jun-2021
From: Martijn Scheeve <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Assistant Professor, University of Groningen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University of Groningen
Department: Campus Fryslân
Job Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: Assistant Professor Speech Technology (0.8 - 0.9 FTE)

Job Rank: Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


We invite applications for an Assistant Professor in Speech Technology. Generally, for this position, you will teach and develop courses, perform research, supervise graduate research, and have an active role in shaping the emerging educational and research programme.

We recognize research as a critical part of the profile of an Assistant Professor, and therefore allocate 40% of your position to do research (provided you teach at least 2 courses/year). That research may dovetail with the courses you teach, to ensure that your expertise is integrated into the programme. Ideally, your research would overlap with that of PhD students — and, where relevant, graduate students could contribute to your research through their thesis projects. As a team, we are keen on applying for grants in the years ahead to build consortia and further solidify our expertise.

We see teaching as an interactive and engaging process. Consequently, the courses include many individual and group activities and encourage creative, out-of-the-box, hands-on approaches to learning that balance theory and practice. Specifically, given the start-up phase of the programme and potential for growth, this position is open to a range of profiles and contributions. In addition to supervising theses within your area of expertise, you will support the teaching and/or curriculum development of courses in speech synthesis, speech recognition, Python, and machine learning for voice tech (all courses already have detailed week-by-week descriptions but lack student-ready syllabi, giving you some creative freedom -- more information about the courses, including learning outcomes, is available upon request):
- Speech Synthesis I and II
- Speech Recognition I and II
- Python for Voice Technology (and Intro to Python at the undergraduate level)
- Machine Learning for Voice Technology

If you are interested in increasing your appointment to a full-time one, you may also teach Statistics (undergraduate level) under a separate contract.

The University of Groningen, established in 1614, is one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities. You will work at the university's newest faculty, Campus Fryslân, located in the picturesque capital of Fryslân, Leeuwarden (the European Capital of Culture in 2018). The faculty is dedicated to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education and research and provides a stimulating working environment in which mutual support is combined with room for individual initiative. You will become a member of our high-standing academic and international community. We challenge our staff and students to approach issues from multiple disciplines and encourage them to take a different view. We are curious about yours!

Within Campus Fryslân, you will primarily be working in the new Voice Technology Master’s programme. The MSc. Voice Technology is a one-year English language master’s programme with a highly interdisciplinary scope. It was developed in close cooperation with other universities and partners from the private sector (critical input continues to be provided by Dutch SMEs alongside international tech companies like Apple, Mozilla, and Google). This means that scientific scholarship is balanced with applied know-how in the programme. The MSc. Voice Technology is launching for the first time in September 2021 with a small cohort of students from an array of backgrounds, ranging from AI and Computer Science to Linguistics and Humanities.

Please visit the application link below for more information and to apply.

Application Deadline: 13-Jun-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Program Director - MSc Voice Technology Matt Coler

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