Fixed term Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Humanities
Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Department of Languages, Literature and Communication of Utrecht University invites proven excellent candidates in the field of Computational Linguistics, and especially candidates who specialize in models connecting statistical NLP with formal language theories of syntax and semantics, to apply. The candidate will be expected to make a substantial contribution to both the computational linguistics research at the UiL OTS and to the AI teaching programme. Accordingly, proven expertise in both linguistic theories and in statistical NLP will be a strong advantage. A demonstrated interest in collaboration with industrial partners will be considered an advantage.

Your teaching obligations will be in the area of natural language processing, mathematical and computational linguistics, and language technology. Additional teaching areas, depending on your expertise, may include formal linguistics, artificial grammar learning, statistics, machine learning and data mining. You will primarily teach in the AI programme (Bachelor's and Master's), but also in the Bachelor's programme of Linguistics and the Research Master's Linguistics.

Your research will be part of the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS, in relation to the focus area Human-Centered AI.


We require:

  • extensive research experience in computational linguistics/natural language processing, as demonstrated by a finished PhD and publications at an internationally recognised level;
  • specialisation in statistical computational models that make use of formal language theories;
  • experience in teaching at Bachelor's and Master's level;
  • experience with successful applications for external funding is recommended;
  • good communication skills;
  • fluency in English;
  • non-Dutch candidates are required to master Dutch at the CEFR - B2 level for reading and listening within two years of appointment. Fluency in Dutch will be a positive factor in facilitating teaching and interacting with (Bachelor's) students;
  • University Teaching Qualification (Dutch basiskwalificatie universitair onderwijs, BKO). Candidates lacking this qualification should be prepared to follow the BKO programme available within the faculty.


We offer a position (1.0 FTE) for a period of one year. In case of a good performance, extending the employment is one of the possibilities. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746 and €5,862 (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the Faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

The Department of Language, Literature and Communication offers Bachelor's and Master's  programmes in Literary studies, Linguistics, Communication studies, Translation, as well as Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and (uniquely in the Netherlands) Celtic languages.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact:
Yoad Vinter Seggev (Professor), via


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change.

The application deadline is 30 April 2021.