LINGUIST List 26.3373

Mon Jul 20 2015

Jobs: General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: Professor, Stellenbosch University

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Date: 20-Jul-2015
From: Johan Oosthuizen <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics: Professor, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa
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University or Organization: Stellenbosch University
Department: The Department of General Linguistics
Job Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Web Address:
Job Title: Professor

Job Rank: Full Professor

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Psycholinguistics



- Academic leadership in General Linguistics, with specialisation in psycholinguistics and at least one of the following, specifically in multilingual contexts: language acquisition, bilingualism, or language and cognition;
- Initiating and managing a sustainable interdisciplinary research programme in experimental psycholinguistics;
- Supporting and strengthening established research projects of the Department;
- Cultivating national and international research networks, particularly in Africa;
- Publication of research results in accredited journals;
- Securing research funding;
- Academic programme development and innovation;
- Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level;
- Postgraduate supervision up to doctoral level;
- Active participation in all departmental activities, representing the Department at Faculty, Graduate School and University level;
- Academic interaction with the wider civil society.


- Doctorate in General Linguistics, with specialisation in psycholinguistics or bilingualism;
- An established research profile on, amongst others, language development and cognitive processing in multilingual populations, particularly involving speakers of Afrikaans, South African English and/or an African language spoken in South Africa;
- An extensive record of scientific publications in leading local and international journals and/or in books;
- Strong international research ties;
- Capacity to establish an interdisciplinary Language and Mind laboratory, with a research focus on first and second language acquisition of spoken and sign languages;
- Relevant experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and a proven record of supervision of Master's and doctoral students to successful completion;
- Sound administrative, management and interpersonal skills, and willingness to chair the Department in the future.


- Proven experience of successful grant proposal writing;
- Experience of working with Afrikaans, an African language (preferably isiXhosa) and/or a sign language;
- Teaching and research supervision in both South African and overseas institutions;
- Active member of the linguistics community as evidenced by conference participation, academic talks and acting as reviewer for scientific journals;
- Proven ability to work collaboratively on research and teaching projects.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2016
Closing date: 17 August 2015

Enquiries regarding the job content: Dr. Johan Oosthuizen (information below).

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre on 0027 (0)21 808 2753

The University will consider all applications in terms of its Employment Equity Plan, which acknowledges the need to diversify the demographic composition of the staff corps, especially with regard to the appointment of suitable candidates from the designated groups.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Applicants should request their referees to send confidential reports by the closing date directly to the following address: The Manager: Personnel Provisioning & Planning, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602; e-mail:; fax: 0027 (0)21 808 2484.

Application Deadline: 17-Aug-2015

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Johan Oosthuizen
Phone: 0027 (0)21 808 2052

Page Updated: 20-Jul-2015