LINGUIST List 21.3930

Tue Oct 05 2010

Jobs: English; Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, U of Groningen

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        1.    Monika Schmid, English; Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Message 1: English; Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Date: 04-Oct-2010
From: Monika Schmid <>
Subject: English; Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, University of Groningen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University of Groningen Department: English Department Job Location: Groningen, Netherlands Web Address:
Job Rank: PhD Student

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Second Language Acquisition

Required Language(s): English (eng)
                            German, Standard (deu)

The PhD position is part of the NWO-funded research project 'Internationaladoption and language development: a perspective from Kindertransportsurvivors', awarded to Prof. Dr. Monika S. Schmid( This program aims toinvestigate whether young migrants who left their country of birth shortlybefore or after the onset of puberty have an advantage in second languagelearning and a disadvantage in L1 retention if they experience a completebreak of L1 input and use in comparison with speakers with continuedexposure. In order to examine this, oral history testemonies fromGerman-Jewish migrants who escaped from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1939,either in the company of their families or on their own within theframework of the Kindertransporte, will be investigated. The successfulcandidate will compile and investigate a corpus of predominantlyEnglish-language interviews which have been conducted by various Holocaustmemorial organisations. The PhD student should be a native or near-nativespeaker of English, ideally with a good command of German.

Additional information as well as a complete description of the project canbe obtained from the principal investigator.

Requirements- Master's degree (preferably a Research Master) in (General/Applied)Linguistics, English Language or a related field- excellent record of undergraduate and Master's level study- native or near-native command of English, good or excellent command ofGerman- ability to work in a research team- experience with or willingness to learn to work with corpora- ability or willingness to learn to apply experimental methods is anadvantage.

Conditions of employmentThe University of Groningen offers a salary of EUR 2,042 gross per month inthe first year to EUR 2,612 gross per month in the fourth year (figuresbased on full employment). The full-time appointment is temporary for aspecified period of four years.

Interviews will take place between Nov. 16th and Nov. 18th.

The starting date is 1 January 2011.

AffiliationThe PhD candidate will be affiliated with the 'Language and literacydevelopment across the lifespan' group of the Center for Language andCognition Groningen (CLCG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University ofGroningen. This institute embraces all the Linguistics research in thefaculty. The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the research trainingprogram of the Graduate School for the Humanities.

The position requires residence in Groningen, 38 hours/week research andresearch training, and must result in a PhD dissertation. After the firstyear there will be an assessment of the candidates' results and theprogress of the project to decide whether the employment will be continued.

You can apply for this vacancy until the closing date of 8 November 2010 bysending your application to (quoting vacancy nr. 210305), or byaccessing the online application form on

Please include:- a letter of motivation in English to apply for this project- a curriculum vitae- a copy of diplomas and a list of grades- a list of publications (if applicable)- the names and e-mail addresses of two academic referees.

Application Deadline: 01-Nov-2011 Email Address for Applications: Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Monika Schmid Email:

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