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LINGUIST List 23.4660

Wed Nov 07 2012

Jobs: English; General Ling: Extraordinary/Assistant Professor, University of Bern

Editor for this issue: Sarah Fox <sarahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 07-Nov-2012
From: David Britain <david.britainens.unibe.ch>
Subject: English; General Linguistics: Extraordinary/Assistant Professor, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Bern
Department: Department of English Languages and Linguistics
Job Location: Bern, Switzerland
Web Address: http://www.ens.unibe.ch
Job Rank: Extraordinary/Assistant Professor

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; English Linguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)


The University of Bern in Switzerland offers an Open rank Professorship in
English Linguistics as either Assistant Professor (tenure track) or
Extraordinary Professor, depending on qualifications and experience in the
Department of English Languages and Literatures starting 1st August 2013
(negotiable). A candidate appointed at the Assistant Professorship level will,
upon successful completion of a probationary period, be promoted to
Extraordinary Professor.

We encourage applications from specialists in the following areas: language
and globalisation, the history of English (any period) and language and (new)
media, and would be especially pleased to receive applications from people
who can contribute to the ongoing development of the Department's
interdisciplinary research focus on language, literature and cultural mobility.
However, we would welcome applications from anyone working in the
linguistics of English language use whose work complements that of our
current staff, diversifying what we can offer in teaching, supervision and

Academic requirements for this position are a completed PhD plus a
'Habilitation' or equivalent qualification (e.g. a second book, a cluster of
international journal publications or a funded research project).

The new postholder will have to perform the following activities:
1.A successful applicant hired at the Extraordinary Professor level will
become a Co-Director of the Department of English Languages and
Literatures, expected to engage in the co-administration of the Department's
activities and join the Senior Staff rotation of the role of Head of Department;
2. Teaching amounting to four weekly 90-minute sessions during the teaching
semester. Teaching at all levels should cover a broad range of areas in
linguistics and should not be restricted to the applicant's own narrow
specialism, though the Department strongly encourages research-led
teaching, especially at MA level;
3. Applicants are expected to engage in a vigorous programme of innovative
research, and publish in internationally renowned peer-reviewed outlets;
4. Supervision of BA, MA and PhD theses within the study programmes
offered by the Department and the Center for the Study of Language and
5. Applicants will be expected to participate in interdisciplinary co-operations
within the Center for the Study of Language and Society
(http://www.csls.unibe.ch/content/index_eng.html), and to collaborate in its
teaching and administration.

Although the language of teaching and administration in the Department is
English, the language of the Faculty is German. Successful candidates
should, as a minimum, commit to acquiring a good working knowledge of
German within two years of taking up their post.

The University of Bern is committed to equal opportunities in employment, in
particular to increasing the number of women in senior academic positions.
Women are therefore encouraged to apply.

An information leaflet entitled 'Open Rank Professorship in English
Linguistics' can be found at the application URL below.

Applications containing a CV, together with a list of publications, courses
taught and planned, administrative experience and success in external
funding should be sent as a PDF file to the application email address below.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. David Britain at the contact email
address below.

Closing date: 3rd December 2012

Application Deadline: 03-Dec-2012

Email Address for Applications: philipp.kuefferhistdek.unibe.ch
Web Address for Applications: http://www.philhist.unibe.ch/content/jobs/
Contact Information:
Prof. David Britain
Email: david.britainens.unibe.ch

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