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The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of eight departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics. The Department has near 950 students on bachelor level, near 450 master students, and over 180 PhD students. The overall staff of the Department is close to 250 employees, about 200 of these are full time positions. The full time scientific staff is 60, mostly Full/Associate Professors.
Department of Informatics
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Language Technology

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Language Technology is available at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. The postdoctoral fellowship is for a duration of three years and is hosted at the IFI Language Technology Group. No postdoctoral fellow can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Project description:

The position is funded by the BIGMED project, a NRC-funded Lighthouse project, which aims to develop a big data solution that integrates patients' health record information with genomics data. The BIGMED consortium consists of a multidisciplinary team of ICT researchers, biomedical researchers and industrial partners. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for the language technology research conducted in the BIGMED project, which has as its goal to enable information extraction from Norwegian electronic health records. We seek a highly motivated researcher with a track-record in Natural Language Processing (NLP). The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate broad knowledge of core NLP tasks, like tagging, parsing, named entity recognition, etc. Implementation experience and programming skills will also be given weight. Background from biomedical or clinical NLP will be an advantage, although not a requirement. The position presupposes a PhD degree or equivalent in Natural Language Processing, or in Computer Science with a clearly NLP-based thesis. Basic understanding of Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) is a requirement.

More information about the Language Technology Group (LTG) at IFI.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Natural Language Processing.

The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for postdoctoral fellowship positions:

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1352, NOK 512 700 – 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Statement of purpose: scholarly interests and goals
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o

The application with attachments MUST be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit from the link on the bottom of the page.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 15. February 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/16112