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Research Assistant - Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

Deadline: 30.06.2021

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) is a Center of Excellence (CoE) under the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, financed through the Research Council of Norway’s CoE scheme. The center also has status as one of five world-leading research communities at the University of Oslo, and is currently building a socio-cognitive laboratory. MultiLing’s vision is to contribute to the knowledge on multilingualism across the lifespan for the individual and for the society. Through this the center aims to shed light on the opportunities and challenges represented by multilingualism for the individual in the family, school, other institutions, and in the society as a whole. The staff consists of 40 employees from 15 different countries. Moreover, MultiLing has an extensive network of national and international collaborative partners working on multilingualism at various research institutions.

Morphosyntactic Production in Stroke-induced Agrammatic Aphasia: A Cross-linguistic Machine Learning Approach

Job description

A position as a Research Assistant is available at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) in the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. The position will be paid by hourly wage, with an estimated equivalent to a 30 % position, for a period of 1 year (2021-2022). The contract may be renewed depending on performance for up to one year.

The Research Assistant will contribute to the Research Council of Norway funded project Morphosyntactic Production in Stroke-induced Agrammatic Aphasia: A Cross-linguistic Machine Learning Approach (Machine Learning Aphasia). The aim of the project is to gain insight into aphasia, a condition characterized by language/communication problems as a result of brain damage. In particular, Machine Learning Aphasia focuses on stroke-induced agrammatic aphasia and investigates grammatical (morphosyntactic) aspects of sentence production related to the verb, such as subject-verb agreement, tense/time reference, and sentential negation. The project focuses on five languages: Norwegian, Greek, Italian, Russian, and English

The Research Assistant will help with the Norwegian-related part of the project (for a list of tasks see below). S/he should have excellent Norwegian and English language skills (oral and written) and have been trained in Theoretical or Applied Linguistics and Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics. Prior experience with development of psycholinguistic tasks, psycholinguistic/neuropsychological testing, data collection and analysis, and transcription and/or analysis/annotation of transcripts of (semi)spontaneous speech is an advantage.

Tasks include:

  • Development of experimental linguistic tasks in Norwegian
  • Data collection in Norway
  • Data transcription
  • Scoring answers following the guidelines developed for the project
  • Data analysis
  • Analysis and annotation of Norwegian transcripts of (semi)spontaneous speech for diagnostic and research purposes.
  • Literature search and review
  • Contribution to writing of reports and scientific papers

For more information about Machine Learning Aphasia, see the project website.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master’s degree
  • Excellent command of Norwegian (oral and written, including academic language)
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • Experience with academic research

We offer

Salary NOK 458 900 per annum depending on qualifications

A professionally stimulating working environment

Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, research experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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