LINGUIST List 28.4728

Thu Nov 09 2017

Jobs: English; German; Swiss German; Spanish; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics: Sociolinguist / Discourse Analyst, Treato

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 08-Nov-2017
From: Pamela Batzel <>
Subject: English; German; Swiss German; Spanish; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics: Sociolinguist / Discourse Analyst, Treato
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University or Organization: Treato
Department: Consulting Services
Job Location: , USA (Telecommute)
Web Address:
Job Title: Sociolinguist, Discourse Analyst

Job Rank: Consultant; Researcher

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Required Language(s): German (deu)
                            German, Swiss (gsw)
                            Spanish (spa)


Treato is seeking:

- German sociolinguists, Discourse analysts from Germany
- Spanish sociolinguists, Discourse analysts from Spain

Applicants must be fluent in English. Applicants must also demonstrate how their studies and their work fits within the realms of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. Please review the ad details below to further speak to how your prior work and studies supports this work in submitting for this consultative research position.

A company that conducts discourse analyses of social media healthcare discussions among patients and caregivers is looking for master’s and PhD level linguists and rhetoricians with academic knowledge in sociolinguistics and rhetorics to surface deep insights about patients’ experiences with their illness, treatments, physicians and identity. Applicants should have knowledge of the theories, tools and practices developed and used in discourse analysis.

Do you naturally attend to cognitive metaphors to discern relationship of speaker to object? Do you find verb tenses ripe, providing insight into how a person relates to time and why that’s important to understand their relationship to time given their context? What does a specific in-use anaphora reveal about the complex relationship between a person and their disease, their symptoms or overall experience? What are your linguistic tools for identifying agency? Who has agency? What has agency? What are the markers of interagency relationships? Are you familiar with dialogism or concepts of a speaker imagining even non-present listeners or projecting more than one type of listener? How does this help you understand the complexity of a patient’s experience?

We are looking for consultants who are interested in joining a team that produces insightful reports for pharmaceutical partners in relatively short runs (~ 6 weeks) and over months for longer engagements with multiple report deliveries over time. The depth of insight requires expertise and our timelines require flexibility and efficiency. Teamwork is a critical part of our approach but having the ability to work independently is also an essential attribute.

While the depth of insights are founded on academic principles, the findings must be geared towards clients who can take these insights and our recommendations into the marketplace. That is, deep insights reported in plain language.

Analysis is comprised of both qualitative review but also ‘coding’ data in Excel to ensure that the findings are supported by quantified findings.

Working with corpus-based software, such as concordance software, is increasingly part of our approach and familiarity with such software is a plus but not essential.

As a consulting position, this project-by-project based engagement is an opportunity to build your own consulting ‘gig’ as you work with us and other non-competitive agencies or to build a resume with the potential for a recommendation for full-time positions at other companies based on your consulting work with us.

Because projects must be completed in relatively short time periods, consultants need to have at least 20-25 hours per week available for the duration of a project.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
VP, Consulting Services Pamela Batzel
Phone: 2679072124

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