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LINGUIST List 23.2775

Wed Jun 20 2012

Jobs: Typology; Australian Languages: Researcher/PhD fellow, U of Leuven

Editor for this issue: Svetlana Tchistiakova <svetlanalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Jun-2012
From: Jean-Christophe Verstraete <jvcarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Typology; Australian Languages: Researcher/PhD fellow, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
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University or Organization: University of Leuven
Department: Department of Linguistics
Job Location: Leuven, Belgium
Web Address: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/depling/index-e.html
Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Typology

Required Language(s): Australian


The Research Unit of Cognitive and Functional Linguistics at Department of
Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully
funded four-year PhD fellowship in linguistic typology (starting date:
October/November 2012).

The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project (GOA/12/007) 'The
Multiple Functional Load of grammatical signs in text construction and
processes of language change', funded by the Research Council of the
University of Leuven. The team heading the project is composed of Bert
Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Jean-Christophe Verstraete and An Van linden. The
supervisor of this fellowship is Jean-Christophe Verstraete.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop a typology of referring expressions
and their role in discourse, based on a sample of Australian languages (or
focusing on one language, if the candidate has field experience). More
information about the project can be requested by e-mail.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
- An MA in linguistics (or equivalent, eg BA Hons), with academic distinction.
- Experience with linguistic typology and/or linguistic fieldwork.
- Strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue creative work in
- A good command of English.
- A cooperative attitude and the ability to play an active role in the research
group (including its weekly seminars).
- The ability to present research results at international conferences, and to
publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply online
according to the instructions given at

Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees we
may contact prior to appointment, and a sample piece of writing. The deadline
for applications is 15 July 2012.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in the second half of
August (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be made
by the end of August.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 1700 EUR/month (after
taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at
the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a
laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences
abroad and organizing workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with
teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic
research team (including six faculty members, several postdoctoral fellows
and many PhD students).

For further information, please contact the project's supervisor Jean-
Christophe Verstraete at the email address listed below.

Starting date: October/November 2012
End date: September 2016

Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/vacancies_aapbap/phd_humanities.html#linguistics
Contact Information:
Jean-Christophe Verstraete
Email: jvcarts.kuleuven.be

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