PhD Scholarship in Voice and Speech Technology at Groningen in the Netherlands 2021

The University of Groningen (RUG) invites applications for PhD Scholarship in Voice and Speech Technology in the 2021/22 academic session.

The University of Groningen offers a four-year PhD student scholarship to complete a dissertation on a topic related to “voice and speech technology”. The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr Matt Coler alongside other relevant experts (depending on the topic) and will be a member of the “Culture, Language and Technology” Flagship team which is composed of a diverse team of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School Campus Fryslân (GSCF) and can benefit from affiliations at other faculties at the University of Groningen (Linguistics, A.I., Computer Sciences, among others). The PhD candidate could also have a role to play in the new Master’s program in Voice Technology. Topics of interest for the doctoral research include (but are not limited to):

  • Automatic speech recognition: Language and speaker identification (incl. language and dialect verification and diarization, etc.), speaker-state recognition (incl. speaker states and traits identification, intoxication detection, etc), recognition of atypical/pathological speech, multilingual issues relating to speech recognition, and similar.
  • Speech synthesis: Voice modification and conversion, increasing naturalness, etc.
  • Paralinguistic, suprasegmental, and/or acoustic-related issues: Techniques to analyze other aspects relating to voice including e.g. vocal fry, laryngealization, coughs, filled pauses, laughter, etc. and/or acoustic-related issues (acoustic event detection, acoustic scene classification, etc.).
  • Voice technology for multilingual and lesser-resourced languages: Alongside the aforementioned topics, of particular interest are proposals that involve multilingual or lesser-resourced languages.
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Interdisciplinary proposals that involve expertise from social sciences (linguistics, psychology, anthropology) and physical / data sciences (A.I., data science, acoustics, physiology) and/or which could connect to initiatives outside of academia, including those in the private sector (serious games, speech and language pathology) or the public sector (education, healthcare) are very welcome.

Worth of Award

You enrol in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship of € 2,207 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen.


The candidate should have the following qualifications:

●Master’s degree in a relevant academic field, e.g. Computer Science, AI, Linguistics,     Speech processing, etc.
● demonstrable affinity with qualitative and quantitative research methods
● programming skills and basic knowledge in machine learning are an advantage
● research experience is an asset
● highly developed conceptual capacity and analytical skills
● very good record of undergraduate and graduate studies
● very good command of spoken and written English. Dutch proficiency is an asset
● very good individual and collaborative working skills
● excellent presentation skills
● demonstrable planning and organizational skills
● strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years.

How to Apply

You may apply for this opportunity by using the application form.

Please upload your complete application in English until the deadline, by submitting the following documents:

  • write a cover letter (no more than 1 page) about why you want to receive a PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (Letter of Motivation attachment)
  • CV including names and contact details of two Academic References (CV attachment)
  • add the results (grades) of your Research Master or Master program (Certificate of Academic Degree attachment)
  • provide proof of sufficient competence in English (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) (extra attachment)
  • a research proposal of up to 2.000 words covering state of the art, research question, hypothesis, and a provisional methodology
  •  a writing sample of max. 5.000 words, e.g. an academic essay or part of a Master’s thesis.
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Deadline: Application is open until April 14, 2021, 11:59 pm Dutch local time


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