Predoc/PhD Positions Open

Predoc/PhD positions in NLP are open. The application deadline is 30 June 2021!

Text Analysis and Knowledge Engineering Lab (TakeLab) at FER, University of Zagreb, invites applications for Predoc/PhD researchers in Natural Language Processing (NLP) to work on projects related to:

  1. Semantic search and information extraction over legislative documents
  2. Information extraction for real-time disaster and threat detection from internet texts

The projects aim at developing scalable, highly available, user-friendly, machine-learning-enhanced platforms and models for semantic search and information extraction. You will be carrying out research in collaboration with other TakeLab researchers, and contribute to designing, building, and maintaining the developed systems.

Both predoc researcher and PhD researcher positions are available. Both positions focus on research in NLP and machine learning, aiming to provide training in essential research skills and the building up of a publication track record in these areas. A predoc researcher position gives a direct experience of the research process without enrolling a PhD and is meant as a stepping stone for both academic and non-academic careers. A PhD researcher position combines research leading to a PhD degree in NLP and teaching activities at the Dept. of Electronics, Microelectronics, Computer and Intelligent Systems, at an approx. 60%-40% split, respectively. The PhD researcher will be enrolled in the PhD programme at UNIZG FER, under the supervision of Prof. Jan Šnajder. The PhD tuition fee is covered by FER for the entire duration of the project.


Candidates will have completed an MSc in Computer Science or related programs. Demonstrable knowledge of machine learning is required. Experience with natural language processing is highly valuable. Good programming skills, proficiency in spoken and written English, as well as a keen interest in problem-solving and research are essential.

Salary and contract duration:

These are full-time, fixed-term positions for up to two years, starting immediately (July 2021) or in January 2022 at the latest. Salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel (monthly net salary of about 7,000 HRK). Additional funding for conference fees, summer schools, and travels is available.


Please direct all your inquiries to


Applications can be made by e-mail at and should include a CV and a copy of university degrees and transcripts.

All applications received before 30 June 2021 will receive full consideration. The positions remain open until filled.

As an equal opportunities employer, TakeLab FER positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

About TakeLab FER:

TakeLab FER is a dynamic and ambitious research team and the leading group for Natural Language Processing and Text Analytics in Croatia. The group pursues diverse research topics, ranging from information extraction and semantic search to computational semantics and social media text analysis.