University of Helsinki, Finland University Lecturer in Language Technology
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest and largest unit of teaching and research in the arts in terms of the organisation and selection of its disciplines. The Faculty is also a significant international community of research, education and culture. The Department of Modern Languages is the largest department of the Faculty of Arts with its 14 disciplines, some 2,400 first- and second-cycle students and 150 staff members. The Department operates several externally funded research projects. Its annual objective is to produce 175 graduates with a Master’s degree.
The Department’s key areas of research focus on cultural and linguistic diversity, conversation and interaction research as well as language technology and corpus research.
The Department of Modern Languages invites applications for the position of
UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY
to begin on 1 January 2016 or at the earliest date possible.
Language Technology is a multidisciplinary field that combines ideas from Linguistics, Computer Science and Mathematics to describe the structure and function of natural languages and to develop methods and tools that support a variety of applications in corpus linguistics, language teaching, information retrieval, translation, data mining, and linguistic interaction with machines. The Department of Modern Languages is the only academic institute in Finland that teaches Language Technology as a major subject at bachelor, masters and postgraduate levels. Language Technology and General Linguistics jointly accept 15 new students for graduate studies each year.
This announcement refers to a permanent position. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching of subject courses and seminars in language technology but will also be expected to participate in research activities at the department. Language technology in Helsinki is an active research subject with currently around ten researchers employed by the department and some recent projects are described here: http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/en/lt/research/index.shtml.
The duties of the university lecturer will include teaching according to the degree requirements, supervision and examination of theses and dissertations at all levels of education. The successful candidate must be able to carry out high-quality research in corporation with other researchers in the field and at the department. The appointee is expected to hold, in particular, knowledge in teaching basic and intermediate courses on finite state language processing, large-scale corpus analysis, grammar engineering and statistical parsing, and empirical methods in natural language processing. The appointee is also expected to develop courses and teaching material together with other staff according to the state of the art in language technology. In addition, the university lecturer will participate in planning and other activities within the discipline and at the department.The Regulations of the University of Helsinki stipulate that an appointee to the position of university lecturer shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. Research merits will also be considered in the appointment process. Furthermore, the successful candidate must provide evidence of good interaction skills and thee ability to complete jointly agreed tasks where necessary (e.g., setting and marking entrance examinations).
When considering the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid not only to language requirements, but also to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value as well as the ability to network both in Finland and abroad. When assessing the teaching skills of applicants, particular focus will be placed on teaching experience, training in university pedagogy, the ability to produce learning materials and other teaching merits.
Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish can be exempted from the requirement of proficiency in Finnish and the requirement of satisfactory skills in spoken and written Swedish (according to the Government Decree on Universities) without a separate application. Some degree of proficiency in Finnish may be considered an additional merit in the appointment process.
The salary will be based on levels 5–7 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities http://www.sivistystyonantajat.fi/tyomarkkinat/tyoehtosopimukset_kaannokset.html, page 125
In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. There is a four-month trial period for the position. Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
• A curriculum vitae
• An report (max. 5 pages in the form of, e.g., an academic portfolio in English) of the applicant’s teaching expertise (teaching philosophy, teaching experience, pedagogical qualifications, ability to develop and use teaching materials, other teaching merits), see http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/english/administration/resources/skills/index…).
• A list of all publications and other works with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate his or her competence and merits; the list should follow the instructions for classifying publications, available on the Faculty website at http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/english/administration/resources/publications.htm
• The applicant’s 5 most important publications The top candidates will be invited for an interview and a demonstration of teaching skills.
Applications written in English and addressed to Ulla Tuomarla, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, must be submitted, together with the required enclosures, preferably by email to nykykielet-toimisto at helsinki.fi or sent by post to the Department of Modern Languages, PO Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. The closing date for applications is 14 June 2015 at 15.45 local Helsinki time.
Enquiries about the application process may be addressed Ulla Tuomarla (ulla.tuomarla at helsinki.fi), Head of the Department of Modern Languages.
Apply at latest 14.06.2015