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LINGUIST List 23.246

Fri Jan 13 2012

Jobs: Dutch; Phonology: PhD Position, Meertens Instituut, Netherlands

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        1.     Marc van Oostendorp , Dutch; Phonology: PhD Position, Meertens Instituut, Netherlands

Message 1: Dutch; Phonology: PhD Position, Meertens Instituut, Netherlands
Date: 13-Jan-2012
From: Marc van Oostendorp <marc.van.oostendorpmeertens.knaw.nl>
Subject: Dutch; Phonology: PhD Position, Meertens Instituut, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Meertens Instituut
Department: Variationist Linguistics
Job Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/
Job Rank: PhD Position

Specialty Areas: Phonology

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)


The Meertens Instituut is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands
Academy of Arts and Sciences, focusing on research and documentation
of Dutch language and culture.

The Department of Variation Linguistics at the Meertens Institute offers a
PhD position in phonology, as part of the programme 'The Life Cycle of
Liquids', an internal research project at the Meertens Instituut. This
programme studies different aspects of ongoing and past changes in the
behaviour of the Dutch liquids /l/ and /r/, and does so in a perspective which
combines phonological theory, sociolinguistics and phonetics or
experimental linguistics. The researchers include Ben Hermans, Frans
Hinskens and Marc van Oostendorp. A more complete description of the
project can be found on the website.

The PhD project will concentrate on the question what is the phonetic
substance that phonological primes (features, elements) refer to, e.g.,
whether it is articulatory or acoustic in nature, or rather 'substance-free';
whether it is exemplar-based or more abstract, etc. The PhD will collect
experimental data from Dutch speakers in different regions and will try to
assess them within the framework of modern phonological theory and

The PhD project includes writing a dissertation within a maximum position
duration of 3.5 years. It also involves research training, such as graduate
courses offered by the Dutch National Graduate School in Linguistics

Applicants should have: 
- A Master's degree (or equivalent) in linguistics, phonetics, sociolinguistics 
or a related field
- Demonstrable knowledge in at least one of the following areas: 
prosody, phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, experimental linguistics;
knowledge in more than one of these areas is highly desirable; interest in
all of them is essential
- Excellent command of English, both spoken and written
- High proficiency in Dutch, or willingness to acquire this very fast
- The ability to quickly learn the use of experimental methods (e.g. involving
ultrasound) and new methods of data analysis
- The willingness to work in a closely collaborating team
- The ambition to pursue an academic career in an internationally 
oriented scientific community

Work conditions:
We offer a full-time PhD-position (38 hours/week) for 3,5 years (preferred
starting date: April 2012). The starting salary will be EUR 2042,- gross per
month in the first year up to EUR 2612,- gross per month in the last year.
Favorable conditions of employment include holiday allowance and flexible
working hours. Also, there will be opportunities to visit national and
international conferences and workshops, summer schools etc.

Applications should include: 
- CV (including contact and personal details)
- A letter of motivation
- Academic transcript
- A sample of written work (e.g. a copy of the MA thesis, a term paper, or a
published article)
- Contact details of two referees (names, affiliations, phone numbers, and
e-mail addresses)
- Two reference letters (optional)

Job interviews, live or Skype, are expected to take place in the first week of

Additional information:
Prof. Dr. Marc van Oostendorp

Prof. Dr. Frans Hinskens 

Please send in your application before 12 February 2012 to Marcia
Lucassen (marcia.lucassenmeertens.knaw.nl) .

Application Deadline: 12-Feb-2012
Mailing Address for Applications:
Marc van Oostendorp
Meertens Instituut
Joan Muyskenweg 25
5e Binnenvestgracht 19
Amsterdam 1096 CJ
Email Address for Applications: marcia.lucassenmeertens.knaw.nl
Contact Information:
Marc van Oostendorp
Email: marc.van.oostendorpmeertens.knaw.nl
Phone: +31204628528
Fax: +31204628555

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