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Mon Feb 14 2011

Jobs: Syntax: Researcher, University of Cambridge

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        1.     Ian Roberts , Syntax: Researcher, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Message 1: Syntax: Researcher, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Date: 14-Feb-2011
From: Ian Roberts <igr20cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Syntax: Researcher, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
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University or Organization: University of Cambridge
Department: Linguistics Department
Job Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/ling/
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Syntax


Research Associate on 5-year ERC-funded 'Reconsidering Comparative Syntax'

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate (RA) in the
Linguistics Department, working with Prof. Ian Roberts. This vacancy is
connected to the award of an ERC Advanced Grant, entitled 'Rethinking
Comparative Syntax', for the period 2011-16. The project will be based at
the University of Cambridge. The research team comprises, in addition to
Roberts, Dr Theresa Biberauer (Senior Research Associate), Dr Michelle
Sheehan (Research Associate) and Professor Anders Holmberg (Newcastle
University, consultant). Five PhD students will also be appointed in
October 2011 and 2012. The principal activity of the RA will be to
undertake research in one of the main areas described in the project
proposal (see link below), preferably in the area of the crosslinguistic
analysis of, broadly speaking, 'discourse-configurationality' and related
phenomena. The project will also involve conferences and joint publications
in which the RA will play a key part.

The RA will be expected to be willing to branch into new language areas and
areas of specialization, and to be a proactive, productive team player as
part of the group. You will be required to hold a PhD and will have
demonstrable interests in one or more fields covered by the project. You
will also demonstrate a thorough command of current Chomskyan syntactic
theory, a track record in comparative syntactic research, and excellent
writing skills in English. You will be aiming to produce an independent
monograph in a project-relevant area distinct from your doctoral
dissertation, preferably by the end of the project (May 2016). You will
also be involved in supervising and mentoring project PhD students. You may
also be asked to contribute to Departmental teaching, supervising for
undergraduate courses, and assisting in MPhil courses and Tripos examinations.

Completed applications, including a CHRIS 6 form (available at
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/), a cover letter, a
detailed curriculum vitae, an outline (ca. 1000 words) of your proposed
research contribution to the project, a list of publications, and the names
and addresses of two referees who are familiar with your work in the
relevant field, should be sent to the application address below or by
e-mail to the application e-mail address below.

The deadline for applications is 11am on 9 March, 2011.
Interview Date: 14/03/2011

You are requested to ask your referees to write directly to The Secretary
of the Appointments Committee by the same date.

You are also invited to submit up to two recent examples of your work for
consideration by the Committee, or, in the case of published work, to draw
the Committee's attention to items of special relevance to your application.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a short presentation as part
of the interview process.

Due to funding limitations, the salary for this pensionable post will be in
the range of £27,319 to £29,983 pa. The appointment will run from 1 June
2011 for 60 months, and is subject to satisfactory completion of a
probationary 6-month period.

Further particulars and a copy of the project proposal can be found at

You are welcome to seek further information by contacting Prof. Ian Roberts
via e-mail, e-mail address below.

Quote Reference: GN07723

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

Application Deadline: 09-Mar-2011
Mailing Address for Applications:
Ms Louise Balshaw
Secretary of the Appointments Committee
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA
United Kingdom
Email Address for Applications: lb358cam.ac.uk
Contact Information:
Prof. Ian Roberts
Email: igr20cam.ac.uk

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