The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a Ph.D fellowship in Middle English at the Faculty of Arts and Education Department of Cultural Studies and Languages. The position is vacant from the 1st of August 2020.
This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.
The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.
The project should relate to and build upon the work on the Corpus of Middle English Local Documents (MELD), produced at the University of Stavanger, and have a sociolinguistic/pragmatic focus.
Possible directions include the study of text communities and networks, text types, literacy practices, orthographic developments and the sound-spelling interface.
The project is part of a long-term research undertaking at the University of Stavanger, the Middle English Scribal Texts Programme (MEST). For more information, see http://www.uis.no/mest
As part of the application, the applicant must write a short research proposal of 5-7 pages. The proposal does not need to define the project in detail, but should outline the applicant’s interests with regard to research questions and directions, as well as their qualifications for undertaking the study. It should also demonstrate their knowledge of the field of study, including theoretical and methodological issues. The preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment. During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final project description.
We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year masters degree (3+2) within a suitable subject, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.
The appointee should have a reasonable knowledge of the History of English, including Middle English, and ideally some experience of reading medieval and/or ealy modern texts in manuscript/facsimile. Other meriting areas/skills are: historical dialectology and sociolinguistics, manuscript studies, paleography, Latin, digital corpora, historical literacy studies and pragmatics.
To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger both the grade for your masters thesis and the weighted average grade of your masters degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.
If you finish your education (masters degree) in the spring of 2020 you are also welcome to apply, but applicants who have already completed the masters degree are prioritized.
Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should provide documentation that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.
Emphasis is also placed on your:
- motivation and potential for research within the field
- ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
- ability to work in a structured way and handle a heavy workload
- having a good command of both oral and written English
- research training in an active and international environment
- an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
- salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.515, code 1017, NOK 479.600,- gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position
- automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
- favourable membership terms at a gym and at the SIS sports club at campus
- employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
- “Hjem-jobb-hjem” discounted public transport to and from work
- as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
- relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses
The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research.
It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables him or her to be present at/available for the academic community during ordinary working hours.
The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.
More information on the position can be obtained from Head of department Ingrid Nielsen, tel: +47 518 33 243, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Merja Stenroos, tlf: +47 518 31 365, e-post: email@example.com
Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Camelia Danaei, tel: +47 518 33 149, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for this position please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience. In your application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.
The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:
- project proposal
- names and addresses of three possible referees
- list of publications
- other documentation that you consider relevant
The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine.
Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants – see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.
UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.
UiS – challenge the well-known and explore the unknown
The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,800 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.
The Faculty of Arts and Education is the
region’s most important institution for educating teachers for
kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, upper secondary schools
and higher education. The Faculty also provides basic education in
sport, languages, religion and history, as well as eight Master’s
programmes and two doctoral programmes.
The Faculty has three national centres: The National Centre for Reading Education and Research (the Reading Centre), the National Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research (The Learning Environment Centre) and the Knowledge Centre for Education (KSU), as well as the Filiorum Centre for Early Childhood Research. The Faculty collaborates with the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training and local government authorities in respect of further and continuing education. The Faculty has a total of around 3,000 students and 320 employees divided between the Department of Early Childhood Education, the Department of Education and Sports Science, the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, the Reading Centre, the Learning Environment Centre and the Knowledge Centre for Education.
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15th April 2020
Post expires on Wednesday April 15th, 2020