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Job Announcement: James Cook University

Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Typology: Post Doc, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld, Australia

Employer: James Cook University
Job Location: Cairns, Qld, Australia
Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Rank: Post Doc
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Anthropological Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.4959
Date Submitted: 27-Nov-2012
Job Description: Applications are invited for one three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and one two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University, to work under the leadership of the Directors of the Centre (Distinguished Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Professor R. M. W. Dixon). The positions are available from 1 February 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 in terms of basic linguistic theory (not their native language). 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. A Fellowship will not normally be awarded to an applicant who already holds an appointment within the University.

The successful applicants will work either within the Australian Research Council Discovery project 'How languages differ, and why', or within the project 'The grammar of knowledge: a cross-linguistic view of evidentials and epistemic expressions'. The aim of each Fellowship is to produce a comprehensive grammar of a language from 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 knowledge, and focusing on linguistic diversity. The choice of language will be made after discussion between the successful applicant, and Professors Aikhenvald and Dixon.

Salary level: AUD $71,027 p/a

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

Key selection criteria are:
1. Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference to language description, general linguistics and linguistic typology;
2. PhD (conferred or pending) in descriptive linguistics, in terms of basic linguistic theory;
3. Demonstrated ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team;
4. Demonstrated ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time.
5. 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:
1. 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.
2. Some training in anthropology.

It is essential to contact with Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald at the contact email address below or at, providing details of background, qualifications and interests (including a curriculum vitae). Applicants are advised to send samples of their written work in linguistics (at least some of this should be in English). Competitive applicants will then be provided with details concerning the Project and the application process.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Application Email: click here to access email
Contact Information: Professor Alexandra  Aikhenvald
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Phone: 61740421117 Fax: 61740421800