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LINGUIST List 23.1229

Sat Mar 10 2012

Support: Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Health Communication : PhD Student, University of Hong Kong

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Date: 09-Mar-2012
From: Olga Zayts <zaytshkucc.hku.hk>
Subject: Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Health Communication : PhD Student, University of Hong Kong
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Department: Centre for Humanities and Medicine
Web Address: http://www.chm.hku.hk/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis
health communications, healthcare-related studies
Required Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
                            Chinese, Yue (yue)
                            English (eng)


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Call: PhD Fellowship in Discourse Analysis of Telegenetic Counseling
Communication:Three-year full-time PhD position in discourse analysis of telegenetic
counseling communication, deadline: 1 May 2012, HKT 12 noon.

The position relates to the current project titled 'A Discourse Analytic Study of
Telegenetic Counseling in Hong Kong' conducted at the Centre for the Humanities and
Medicine (CHM), Hong Kong University. The CHM is the first institution of its kind in
Asia and combines the commitment to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research with the
cultivation of professional competencies and practices. The fellowship is funded by the
Research Grant Council's General Research Fund (GRF, funding period 2011-2013;
the PhD position will go beyond the project period).

Genetic counseling is a complex activity in which counselors inform clients at risk of
genetic disorder about the familial basis of the disorder and available testing options
thus facilitating clients' decisions regarding (not) testing and (not) disclosing their
genetic status. Counseling mediated through telephone or computer systems is even
more complex, highlighting context-specific interactional demands on the participants.
Telemedicine has been researched widely in various healthcare sites, with fewer
studies of telegenetic counseling done in South Asia. In Hong Kong, telegenetic
counseling is a necessity due to the small number of trained professionals and the
wide population they serve. The project generally investigates telephone-mediated
counseling and its differences from face-to-face counseling. Risk explanations,
information-giving vis-à-vis advice-giving, reassurance and other associated themes
are examined. The candidate will actively research one of these aspects of
telegenetic/face-to-face counseling. The dissertation will identify a distinct research
topic, but will remain linked to the parent project. The candidate will also contribute to
the development of the Health Communication Research Cluster of the CHM through
participation in activities organized by the CHM. The position is available for 36
months. The candidate should not register later than January 1, 2013. Candidates
preferably have background in one of the following: (applied) linguistics, discourse
analysis, health communication, or healthcare-related studies. Knowledge of
Cantonese and/or Mandarin are desirable but not pre-requisites.

Applications must be submitted via the standard online application process for HKU.
For further information on research postgraduate education at HKU and application
procedure, see http://www0.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/index_ps.htm. Full-time PhD
students who hold a first degree with second-class honors first division (or equivalent)
or above are normally considered eligible to receive a Postgraduate Studentship during
the normative study period. Candidates' results in Master's degrees may also be
considered. The basic studentship is currently HK$13,600 (US$1,740)/month (subject
to revision). Additional financial awards are available. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship
(HKPF) awards HK$20,000/month in studentship and a conference/research related
travel allowance of HK$10,000/year for up to three years. Applicants who have applied
for the HKPF are automatically considered for the University Postgraduate Fellowships
(UPF) (HK$70,000) in addition to other studentships. For further financial info, see

Applicants should send an e-mail to Dr. Olga Zayts (zaytshkucc.hku.hk) notifying
her that they have applied for the position. Further inquiries should be sent to Dr. Olga
Zayts (zaytshkucc.hku.hk) or Professor Srikant Sarangi (Sarangicardiff.ac.uk).

Applications Deadline: 01-May-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www0.hku.hk/gradsch/web/apply/

Contact Information:
        Dr. Olga Zayts

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