LINGUIST List 25.4163

Tue Oct 21 2014

Jobs: Formal Grammar; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Date: 21-Oct-2014
From: Terje Lohndal <>
Subject: Formal Grammar; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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University or Organization: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department: Department of Language and Literature
Job Location: Trondheim, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoc position

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Formal Grammar


The goal of the LCIS project ( is to study linguistic complexity in three different areas: i) formal grammar, ii) language acquisition, and iii) sociolinguistics. The groundbreaking part of LCIS is that it will attempt to combine these different sub-disciplines of modern linguistics. Different methodologies and theoretical perspectives will be useful in order to illuminate complementary aspects of language complexity and thus contribute to deepening our understanding of this phenomenon. A unifying aspect of the research will be the use of multilingual data. These data have become increasingly important for linguistic methodologies and theories, but also for public policy makers in the sense that they address consequences of migration and children growing up acquiring multiple languages

Candidates are invited to submit a 3-4 page project proposal within one or more of the three areas listed above. The proposal should focus on linguistic complexity, and candidates are encouraged to integrate more than one area in their project. Interested applicants are invited to contact Professor Terje Lohndal (see below) to obtain a copy of the project description for LCIS. The project proposal should contain the following: i) an outline of the idea that the candidate wants to pursue, ii) brief descriptions of the relevant theoretical background and methodological aspects of the proposed project, iii) a clear statement of how the project will contribute to addressing the research objectives stated in the full LCIS project description.

The application is to be handed in electronically through the application URL below marked with HF-14-026, with attachments (preferably gathered in one document):

The successful applicant should have a PhD in linguistics or equivalent. The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline. Good communication and networking skills are essential. The candidate must have an ability to work independently, as well as work in a team. The working language will be Scandinavian and English. An application should include a covering letter summarizing relevant experience and education, as well as specifying the motivation for the application (at most 2 pages), a project outline (3-4 pages), complete curriculum vitae, references, and documentation of all academic degrees (certified copies must be supplied later). The application should also include a list of relevant publications.

Applicants who are considered for the position will be asked for references and invited for an interview.

Further details about the position can be obtained by contacting the leader of LCIS, Professor Terje Lohndal (email below).

The position is remunerated according to salary level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 482 500,- annually (2014), of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

The appointment of the postdoctoral fellow will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges. Primary residency at the Department of Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities in Trondheim is a prerequisite. It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labour force and to recruit persons with an immigrant background. Immigrants and women are therefore encouraged to apply for the positions.

Application deadline is December 15, 2014.

Application Deadline: 15-Dec-2014

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Terje Lohndal

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