The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) brings together expertise from the humanities, linguistics, cognitive sciences, social and educational sciences. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

The faculty’s research and teaching focuses on social, economic, political and educational issues with the common goal of contributing to an inclusive, open and resourceful society. The FHSE offers four Bachelor and 15 Master degrees and a doctoral school providing students with the necessary knowledge and high-qualified skills to succeed in their future career.

Your Role…

The doctoral candidate will be a member of the Department of Humanities / Institute for Luxembourgish language and literatures. S/he will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr Peter Gilles.

Your tasks…

  • Research in the field of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) for the low-resource language Luxembourgish
  • Develop concepts and experiments for the use of ASR tools in linguistic research (e.g. for linguistic fieldwork, forced alignment, query-by-keyword/query-by-example)
  • Communicating with external partners
  • Administrative responsibilities within the project and the research group
  • Publications (in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences)
  • Enrolment in the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences

What we expect from you…

  • Excellent Masters degree (or equivalent) in Linguistics, Computational Linguistics or a related field
  • Good knowledge of and interest in data sciences and machine learning methods (Deep Learning, ASR, NLP, transformers, Kaldi, wav2vec2, Python)
  • Involvement into teaching to a limited extent
  • Language skills: English. Competencies in Luxembourgish and/or German are considered an advantage
  • Last but not least, enthusiasm about, high commitment for, and enjoyment in research and science

We offer…

  • Participation in a committed, and dynamically developing team
  • Excellent research and funding conditions on a personal and a research level at an international and multilingual university
  • Good and intensive supervision on a personal level

In Short…

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 months (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Employee and student status
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL04798

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is 37 101,36 € (full time)

How to apply…

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications, as well as all other academic achievements)
  • Cover letter explaining your motivation
  • Diplomas and transcripts of your Bachelor and Master program
  • A short description of your Master’s work (max 1 page)
  • Contact information for at least two referees

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

Here’s what awaits you at the University

  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

Further information…

Please direct further questions to Prof Dr Peter Gilles:

Apply here.

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