LINGUIST List 22.3377

Thu Aug 25 2011

Jobs: Germanic Linguistics: Assoc Prof, University of Amsterdam

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        1.     Kees Hengeveld , Germanic Linguistics: Assoc Prof, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Message 1: Germanic Linguistics: Assoc Prof, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: 25-Aug-2011
From: Kees Hengeveld <>
Subject: Germanic Linguistics: Assoc Prof, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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University or Organization: University of Amsterdam Department: Language and Literature Job Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Web Address:
Job Rank: Associate Professor

Specialty Areas: Germanic Linguistics


BackgroundThis position stems from the Faculty of Humanities' decision to merge theexisting associate professorships in the field of German Linguistics (†Prof. DrHans den Besten) and Scandinavian Linguistics (Dr Harry Perridon, Dr AadQuak) into a single associate professorship for Germanic Linguistics. Thisassociate professorship is complementary to existing full professorships forEnglish Linguistics (Prof. Olga Fischer) and Dutch Linguistics (Prof. FredWeerman) and a vacancy for an associate professor in Dutch Linguistics.

Characterization of the positionTeaching on the linguistics of Germanic languages takes place in the BA andMA programmes of Dutch, English, German and Scandinavian, and in theminor programme on Frisian. It will be the task of the associate professor tobe appointed to teach at least German and Scandinavian linguistics, butpreferably also English and possibly Dutch linguistics. Furthermore, theselected candidate will be in charge of developing courses in comparativesynchronic and diachronic Germanic linguistics that may play a role in all theprogrammes mentioned above as well as in the programmes on generallinguistics. Research on Germanic languages takes place within the researchgroups of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication and couldin principle touch on all the issues that these research groups are concernedwith, though given the requirements of the teaching component of thisposition it would most likely be historical or comparative in nature.

Teaching/EducationTeaching in the field of Germanic linguistics is relevant to the Department ofLanguage and Literature and the Department of Dutch. The Faculty'sBachelor programmes are overseen by the College of Humanities. Mastersand PhD education is overseen by the Graduate School of Humanities.

ResearchThe Faculty of Humanities has three research priority areas: (1) Globalizationand Cultural Transformations; (2) Cultural Heritage and Identity; and (3) Brainand Cognition. The professor of Germanic Linguistics will be active in the lastpriority area.

RequirementsThe associate professor of Germanic Linguistics must hold a PhD inLinguistics and demonstrate broad expertise and experience in the field. Thesuccessful candidate will be able to contribute substantively to theoreticalreflections on the study of Germanic languages and engage actively inempirical research. She/he will have a strong international reputation, anexcellent publication record, and a proven track record of acquiring externalresearch funding. The successful candidate will have broad workingexperience - including internationally - in university settings, and will haveexperience supervising graduate students and doctoral candidates. She/hewill have an active international network The candidate must have a fluentcommand of both Dutch and English and preferably in one of theScandinavian languages as well; any appointee lacking this level of linguisticcompetence will be expected to acquire it within two years of taking up thepost. In keeping with university policy, candidates should hold a doctoraldegree and have at least three years of work experience at a university oracademic research institute other than the UvA, preferably abroad.

Application Deadline: 30-Sep-2011 Mailing Address for Applications:
Prof. Dr J.F.T.M. van Dijck Spuistraat 210 Amsterdam 1012 VT Netherlands Contact Information:
Prof Dr Kees Hengeveld Email: Phone: +31205253854

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