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LINGUIST List 23.4528

Tue Oct 30 2012

Jobs: Anthropological Linguistics: Post Doc, James Cook University

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Date: 30-Oct-2012
From: Alexandra Aikhenvald <Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics: Post Doc, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
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University or Organization: James Cook University
Department: Language and Culture Research Centre
Job Location: Cairns, Australia
Web Address: https://plone.jcu.edu.au/researchatjcu/research/lcrc
Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropological Linguistics

Applications are invited for a five-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
within the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, to
work under the leadership of Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y.
Aikhenvald. The position is available from 1 January 2013.

Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate within the last five
years. They should have experience of linguistic fieldwork and will,
ideally, have already completed a grammatical description of a language
that has not previously been described (not their native language) in terms
of basic linguistic theory. The University may consider cases in which the
period since the award of the doctorate is in excess of five years due to
special circumstances. Applications will be considered from candidates
whose thesis is currently under examination. Applicants must hold a
doctoral degree or have equivalent qualifications at the date of
appointment. The successful applicant will work within the project
Australian Laureate Fellowship Project 'How gender shapes the world: a
linguistic perspective' under the leadership of Distinguished Professor
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, with the participation of Professor R.M.W. Dixon,
and other members of the Language and Culture Research Centre. The aim of
the Fellowship is produce a comprehensive grammar of a language from the
Sepik or an adjacent area of Papua New Guinea, or from the Amazonian region
of South America, based on extensive immersion fieldwork, in each case
paying special attention to linguistic and social conceptualization of
gender, in addition to further studies in the areas of gender
conceptualization. The appointee is expected to undertake extensive
fieldwork. The choice of language will be made after discussion between the
successful applicant and Professor Aikhenvald.

The key duty is to conduct research in anthropological linguistics, with
particular attention to language analysis, producing high quality
publications in refereed outlets.

Key selection criteria are:
-Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference to
language description and linguistic typology
-PhD (conferred or pending) in descriptive linguistics, in terms of basic
linguistic theory
-Demonstrated ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team
-Demonstrated ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time
-Demonstrated ability and commitment to disseminate the results of research
in high quality publications within agreed timeframes; evidence of high
level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to diverse audiences

Desirable selection criteria are:
-Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably (a) a
language for which there had previously been no good description; and (b) a
language other than that of which they are a native speaker.
-Some training in anthropology

It is essential to enter in contact with Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald (at
the contact email address below or a.y.aikhenvaldlive.com), providing
details of their background, qualifications and interests (including a
curriculum vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written
work in linguistics (at least some of these should be in English).
Competitive applicants will then be provided with details concerning the
Project and the application process.

Application Deadline: 30-Nov-2012
Mailing Address for Applications:
Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald
Cairns Institute, FAESS
James Cook University
Cairns, Qld 4870
Email Address for Applications: Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au
Contact Information:
Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald
Email: Alexandra.Aikhenvaldjcu.edu.au
Phone: 61 07 40421117
Fax: 61 07 40421800
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