LINGUIST List 12.2143

Sat Sep 1 2001

Jobs: Indonesian Ling/Researcher, Australia

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  1. Malcolm Ross, Position in the linguistics of eastern Indonesia

Message 1: Position in the linguistics of eastern Indonesia

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 16:52:46 +1000
From: Malcolm Ross <>
Subject: Position in the linguistics of eastern Indonesia

Institute of Advanced Studies
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Division of Society and Environment
Department of Linguistics

Research Fellow (Academic Level B)
Quote reference: PA462

We have a vacancy for a well qualified researcher to work on eastern
Indonesian (the region from Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara to Irian
Jaya/West Papua) and East Timorese linguistics. You will have a PhD
or equivalent qualifications in linguistics, a good publications
record and field experience in the region. With your colleagues you
will contribute to the Department's program of field research on the
Austronesian language family and to interdisciplinary studies of
language and society undertaken by members of the Division of Society
and Environment.

Appointment: Fixed term contract for 5 years. The position is 
available from 6 January 2002.

Remuneration: Upon appointment you will have a salary package in the 
range of Aus$60,056-$70,858pa. (Salary packages include salary and 
generous superannuation provisions. In addition there are 
opportunities for external earnings and some scope for negotiated 
arrangements within University policy.)

If you would like to know more contact Dr Malcolm Ross, Acting Head, 
Linguistics, telephone 6125 3147, facsimile 6125 4896: e-mail:

For selection criteria please contact the School Secretary, RSPAS, 
telephone: 6125 2678, fax: 6125 4836, or email:
(Telephone/fax: national 02; international 61 2).

Closing Date: 21 September 2001

All applications should be addressed to the Staffing Recruitment 
Officer, Building 10, The Australian National University, CANBERRA 
ACT 0200. Applications from suitably qualified women are 
particularly welcome.

Selection criteria for Position number PA462

PhD (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics
Excellent record of research in the linguistics of the eastern 
Indonesian/East Timorese region, as demonstrated particularly through 
publications and referees' assessments
Substantial field research experience in the eastern Indonesian/East 
Timorese region and availability to do fieldwork during the term of 
the appointment
Competence in grammatical analysis
Some knowledge of cultural anthropology
Capacity and willingness to supervise postgraduate students from a 
variety of cultural backgrounds
Ability and willingness to contribute to the promotion of excellence 
in research, professional activities and training in Linguistics in 
the School, the University and externally.
Ability to use for field and archival research purposes one or more 
Indonesian languages
Submission of a proposed program of research which is consistent with 
departmental priorities and research interests, and capable of being 
completed during the term of the Fellowship
Capacity and willingness to establish and maintain effective 
relations with colleagues and staff within the School, the University 
and externally, both nationally and internationally
Capacity and willingness to undertake administrative duties 
appropriate to the level of appointment.
Capacity and willingness to contribute to the editing and refereeing 
of manuscripts submitted to the book series, Pacific Linguistics, of 
which the Department's staff form the Editorial Board.
Capacity and willingness to seek external funding to support the 
applicant's individual and collaborative research activities.
Effective oral and written communication skills
An understanding, as demonstrated in the application process, of 
equal opportunity principles and a commitment to their application in 
a university context.

Applicants must ensure that their applications clearly demonstrate 
that they fulfil the above selection criteria. Candidates are 
invited to submit copies of two or three publications relevant to 
their application.

Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics in the Research School for Pacific and 
Asian Studies is a major centre for research on the indigenous 
languages of the Pacific Islands and Island Southeast Asia. It offers 
a PhD by thesis only. The research program is multi-faceted. An 
emphasis on language description and fieldwork goes hand in hand with 
a strong engagement with theoretical issues in the study of 
discourse, grammar, lexicon and language change. Many of the theses 
completed in the Department have been analytical grammars of 
individual languages which at the same time address questions of 
general interest. The Department has been a leader in research on the 
history of the Austronesian and Papuan languages and in the study of 
Pacific pidgins.

Within RSPAS, Linguistics belongs to the Division of Society of 
Environment, together with the Departments of Anthropology, Human 
Geography and the Contemporary China Centre. Close ties are 
maintained with the School of Language Studies in the Faculty of 
Arts, with whom PhD students are often jointly supervised under the 
aegis of the Graduate Program in Linguistics. Although the Department 
of Linguistics is a research-only department and thus offers no 
undergraduate teaching of its own in linguistics, members of the 
department contribute to the teaching of courses in the School of 
Language Studies.
Dr Malcolm D. Ross
Senior Fellow
Department of Linguistics
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
Australian National University
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