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There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, planned to start 1 August 2020 or by agreement. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years. The position is associated with the project Norwegian across the Americas: New Perspectives on Heritage Languages, and is funded by the Research Council of Norway.
The project Norwegian across the Americas deals with the structural properties (morphosyntax) of Norwegian as a heritage language. A heritage language is acquired at home as a first language, but it is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society. In recent years, heritage Norwegian as currently spoken in North America (USA/Canada) has recieved considerable attention. The project Norwegian across the Americas has two main objectives: One is to extend the study of heritage Norwegian to an area in which the contact language is not English, namely Latin America, where the contact language is Spanish. The other objective is to provide new, diachronic perspectives on heritage Norwegian in North America by making use of freshly transcribed and tagged recordings from the first half of the 20th century.
The PhD project must be in the field of morphosyntax and relate to one or both of the main project objectives. For more information about the project and suggestions for specific research topics, see the https://www.uib.no/en/lle/134611/norwegian-across-americas. Applicants are required to submit a description of their proposed PhD project (see further details in the section How to apply).
Required qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must hold a Norwegian master’s degree or the equivalent in Linguistics, Language Studies or a related field. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT in order to evaluate whether this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
- The applicant must be able to work independently in a well-structured way, have good collaboration skills and be flexible
- The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English
- The applicant must have sufficient knowledge of Norwegian to work on this language at a scientific level
- The applicant must have a strong research interest in grammar and should be familiar with/interested in formal approaches to language
In addition, the following qualities/skills will be considered an advantage:
- Experience with data collection (in particular, field work)
- Experience with data management
- Knowledge of Spanish
- Knowledge of/interest in morphosyntactic variation and diachronic change
In assessing the applications, both the academic quality of the project, and the applicant’s qualifications will be considered.
In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s personal eligibility will be taken into account.
About the PhD position
The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for independent research and for other forms of employment that demand a specific competency. The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 % of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results, and administration.
Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen are not eligible for employment.
The employment period may be reduced if the selected candidate previously has been employed in a recruitment position.
The PhD position requires that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
About the research training
The PhD candidate must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 4 years. It is a condition that the applicant satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD program at the University of Bergen.
About the department
The Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies encompasses a broad range of academic subjects dealing with linguistics, aesthetic forms of expression, classics and digital dulture. Tuition is offered in more than 200 courses each year, in a wide range of programmes at the bachelor and master degree level.
The department has approximately 65 academic faculty members, 25-30 PhD candidates and post-doctoral candidates, an administrative staff of 15 and three technical/archive personnel. 18 research groups and a number of externally financed research projects are also connected to the department.
We can offer :
- A good and professionally stimulating working environment
- Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 479.200 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise
- Good welfare benefits
How to apply :
Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form. The application must include:
- A cover letter including a brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
- A CV
- The name and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the candidate’s main advisor for their master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
- Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- The applicant’s master’s thesis or equivalent thesis and a short summary thereof (up to 3 pages).
- Relevant certificates/references.
- A project proposal (up to five pages); please cf. the project webpage for relevant background information: https://www.uib.no/en/lle/134611/norwegian-across-americas. The project proposal should include:
- A short abstract summarizing the project
- Background. Where does the project situate itself in current research, and how will it contribute with new knowledge?
- Main objectives/research questions and, if applicable, hypotheses
- Theoretical approach and methodology
- A progress plan
- A bibliography
- A list of any works of a scientific nature (list of publications)
- Any scientific work in your name (up to 3)
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at the web-page Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word-format or pdf-format.
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Kari Kinn, phone 55 58 30 34, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Head of Department Anders Fagerjord, phone 55 58 36 53, email: email@example.com
The state labor force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The best qualified candidates for the position will be invited to an interview.
Questions or queries about the electronic application process can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the application here.
Further information about the appointment process here.
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The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.
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10th May 2020
Post expires on Sunday May 10th, 2020