LINGUIST List 26.3284

Mon Jul 13 2015

Jobs: General Linguistics; Typology: Post Doc, Uppsala University

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 13-Jul-2015
From: Michael Dunn <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Typology: Post Doc, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
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University or Organization: Uppsala University
Department: General Linguistics, Dept. of Linguistics and Philology
Job Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Job Title: Research Fellow

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Typology


The Department of Linguistics and Philology at Uppsala University is currently broadening and enhancing its profile in terms of second-cycle programmes, programmes at the research level and research. As part of this we would like to announce a vacant position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics to work in the General Linguistics subject area.

Duties: The position regards research in the subject area of linguistics as well as limited (ca. 15%) teaching and thesis supervision at various cycles. We seek an active researcher to develop an empirically oriented research programme in typology and language variation with the emphasis on typological change and its historical, ecological, social and psychological mechanisms. The applicant’s main responsibility will be to develop and carry out a research project in collaboration with the subject representative (Prof. Michael Dunn) and other interested researchers within the subject and at the Department and the University. Administrative assignments are included.

Period of Employment: The position as postdoctoral research fellow may be held for a maximum of four years.

Eligibility: Under the Higher Education Ordinance, persons are eligible for employment as a postdoctoral research fellow if they have completed a doctoral degree or have attained the equivalent academic competence. Primary consideration should be given to those who finished their doctorate no more than seven years prior to the application deadline.

Under the Uppsala University Appointment Regulations, teaching competence is an eligibility requirement for employment as a postdoctoral research fellow. The applicant should have completed five weeks of teacher training in higher education or be deemed to possess the equivalent knowledge. Moreover the Uppsala University Appointment Regulations stipulate that eligibility for teaching posts includes the personal capacity to carry out the duties of the position in full.

The ability to teach in Swedish or English is a requirement.

Assessment Criteria: In selecting among eligible applicants, special emphasis will be afforded to academic competence. The applicant must be academically competent in traditional linguistic subjects, such as historical linguistics or linguistic typology. In assessing academic competence especially great emphasis will be given to research qualifications regarding empirical work demonstrating a scientific work mode in research on language variation and language change. Equally great emphasis will attach to academic experience of quantitative methods in relevant subjects (e.g. in phylogeny, geography, ecology, demography or computational linguistics). Beyond this, the quality and feasibility of the research plan will be taken into consideration.

Teaching competence will also be assigned weight. Teaching competence regarding educational and teaching qualifications and, primarily, the quality of teaching will be taken into consideration. The assessment of teaching competence will be carried out just as conscientiously as the assessment of academic competence.

Special attention will moreover be paid to applicants’ ability to function in an interdisciplinary research environment and their capacity to contribute to the future advancement of both research and teaching.

Details of the application format and other conditions are described in the official call posted on the university website (link below). The application must be submitted electronically through the link at the bottom of that page.

Application Deadline: 14-Sep-2015

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Professor Michael Dunn

Page Updated: 13-Jul-2015