LINGUIST List 29.474

Mon Jan 29 2018

Support: Applied Linguistics; Transfer: PhD / Post Doc, University of Potsdam

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 26-Jan-2018
From: Heike Wiese <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Transfer: PhD / Post Doc, University of Potsdam, Germany
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Potsdam

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics


The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Arts invites applications for the following position by 01st April 2018: Transfer Manager (Requisition No.: 201/2018) of the new Research Unit “Emerging Grammars in Contact Language Situations: A Comparative Approach” (RUEG; speaker: Prof. Dr. Heike Wiese). The position is for 20 hours of work per week (50 %). The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). This is a temporary position limited to a term of 3 years in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).

RUEG will investigate the linguistic systems and linguistic resources of heritage speakers in both of their languages across different language pairs, registers, and age groups. We will investigate speakers of Russian, Turkish, and Greek as heritage languages in Germany and the U.S., in addition to German as a heritage language in the U.S., as well as monolingual controls for majority and heritage languages. The Research Unit provides an exciting infrastructure including an interdisciplinary network of researchers and international experts.

For more information see:

The transfer manager will initiate, organise, and coordinate transfer activities across projects, public relations dissemination, and outreach, including, e.g., maintaining a blog and a website, organising public talks and exhibitions and target group workshops, organising outreach activities to bilingual families and heritage speaker communities, managing press releases and media activities, and managing input for educational practice and policy.

Applicants should:
- hold an MA or PhD in linguistics or related fields
- have a fluent command of German and English

The ideal candidate would be interested in multilingual settings, and have some experience with engaging with the larger public, transfer into the educational domain, and/or media cooperations.
The University of Potsdam hosts leading groups in the field of linguistics and cognitive sciences ( Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city.

Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least 33% of their contract time for their scientific qualification. The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We expressly invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.

Please send your application as a single PDF including: (1) a statement of interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) academic transcripts, (4) list of publictions/talks/ presentations, and (5) the master's or PhD thesis, by February 4th, 2018, to Late applications might be considered. Job interviews will take place in February 2018.

Applications Deadline: 04-Feb-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Heike Wiese
        Am Neuen Palais 10, Institut fuer Germanistik
        Potsdam 14469

Contact Information:
        Heike Wiese

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