PhD Studentship in Responsible Natural Language Processing (Fixed Term)

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Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship on the project EQUATE - a new project that investigates how Natural Language Processing (NLP) could be made globally more equitable. This UKRI Frontier project was selected for funding by the European Research Council (ERC) and is led by Prof. Anna Korhonen. The goal is to investigate the challenges in the development of globally equitable language technologies and to design transformative approaches to overcome them.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate include the development of new methods for responsible NLP that address critical aspects of equity (e.g., sustainability, transparency, bias, cultural adaptation) and the integration of such methods to support multilingual NLP. The successful candidate will also take part in performance evaluation and in dissemination of research findings.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • An excellent first and master's degrees in computer science, engineering or a closely related field. The master's degree must be completed by September 2024.
  • Previous experience in NLP, machine learning or related areas
  • Excellent programming skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience of working in a team.

The studentship is available for 3 years.

The PhD student will work as part of the interdisciplinary project team involving many local and external collaborators. They will be a member of the vibrant and highly research-active Language Technology Lab ( and the larger community of researchers who conduct cutting-edge research into NLP and AI within the University of Cambridge.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal with Prof. Anna Korhonen identified as the supervisor.

For queries please contact: Professor Anna Korhonen (email:

The grant covers university fees and maintenance for the period of three years. Candidates from the UK, EU and overseas are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will commence the PhD course in October 2024.

Please quote reference GP39249 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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