PhD Position Computational Semantics

PhD position Computational Semantics

Vacancy number 213124

Job description

Applications are invited for a PhD candidate in the area of computational semantics. This position is part of the D-MAP project currently running at the University of Groningen, aiming to combine formal with empirical and statistical approaches to semantics. A first milestone of D-MAP was the recently released Groningen Meaning Bank, a large annotated resource comprising texts annotated with discourse representation structures.


  • Master’s degree in computational linguistics (or related field)
  • excellent record of undergraduate and Master’s level study
  • experience in the area of semantics or machine learning
  • programming experience
  • ability to work in a research team
  • strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years
  • good command of English (TOEFL 620, IELTS 7,5, Cambridge Advanced CAE)

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary of €2,083 gross per month in the first year to €2,664 gross per month in the fourth year (figures based on full employment).

The full-time appointment is temporary for a specified period of four years. The position requires residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research and research training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the first year there will be an assessment of the candidate’s results and the progress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.


The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the computational linguistics group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in the faculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research training program of the Graduate School for the Humanities and will be supervised by Prof Johan Bos.


You may apply for this position before 1 July 2013 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the universities website).

Please include in your application (in English):

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a copy of diplomas, a list of grades, and a passport copy
  • the names and contact details of two academic referees
  • a two-page summary of your research topic, including objectives, method, and embedding within the D-MAP project

  • Send us your entire application in PDF formal, using the link to the application form below. Incomplete dossiers will not be taken into consideration. Interviews with a selection of the most appropriate candidates will presumably take place in the first two weeks of July.

    The starting date of the PhD project is 1 September 2013.

    Acquisition is not appreciated.


    Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, CLCG, is a research institute based in the Faculty of Arts with research groups (among others) in computational linguistics, syntax and semantics, discourse and communication, and neurolinguistics. It offers a PhD-position in the area of computational semantics.

    Additional information

    Prof. Johan Bos, e-mail:


    Groningen Meaning Bank


    More information about employer University of Groningen on AcademicTransfer. To apply, please click the Apply button below.

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