LINGUIST List 29.4969

Thu Dec 13 2018

Jobs: Sociolinguistics: Associate Professor, University of Bern

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 12-Dec-2018
From: David Britain <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics: Associate Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Bern
Department: Centre for the Study of Language and Society
Job Location: Bern, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Associate Professor in Sociolinguistic Methods and Analysis

Job Rank: Associate Professor

Specialty Areas: Sociolinguistics; Sociolinguistic Methods


The Center for the Study of Language and Society seeks a scholar who can work and train both quantitatively and qualitatively in sociolinguistics, and impart the strengths of both to her/his students. In their own research, applicants need to work across a range of different empirical approaches and need to be able to teach courses which integrate method and hands-on practice as well as theory, including in real-world applications of sociolinguistics.

Relevant subdisciplines include, but should not be seen as limited to:
- Forensic sociolinguistics,
- Socio-pragmatics,
- Ethnography,
- Linguistic anthropology,
- Interactional sociolinguistics,
- Variationist sociolinguistics,
- Perceptual sociolinguistics,
- Linguistic landscapes,
- Applied socio-linguistics,
- Language policy,
- Historical sociolinguistics,
- Critical sociolinguistics, and
- Cognitive sociolinguistics

Candidates are required to have a habilitation-thesis or equivalent qualification – this would comprise, for example, a book or cluster of articles from a research project entirely distinct from a candidate’s PhD research. Candidates should be engaged in innovative sociolinguistic research and be prepared to cooperate with colleagues of other disciplines and departments in the Faculty. A semester of sabbatical leave is normally granted after every six years of service.

Teaching duties consist of 8 hours per week of classes in each of the two semesters in the relevant Master degree courses and the Doctoral Programme in Language and Society. At present, there is no undergraduate teaching in the CSLS, but this may change in the future. The successful candidate will be expected to be active in the administration of the CSLS, including taking on the role of Director, as well as in the Faculty as a whole.

Attached to the position is a 50% postdoctoral assistantship. The assistant can be hired by the successful candidate, but this assistant must contribute towards teaching and administration in the CSLS as well as support the Associate Professor.

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

Associate Professors are paid on salary scale 27 of the Canton of Bern. Salaries on this scale range (in 2018) from CHF115,000 to CHF203,000 per annum depending on age and experience. See for more information. The University of Bern is committed to equal opportunities in employment, in particular to increasing the number of women in senior academic positions. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 10-Feb-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. David Britain

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