LINGUIST List 29.628

Wed Feb 07 2018

Jobs: English; Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Multilingualism: Post Doc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Date: 06-Feb-2018
From: Eivind Nessa Torgersen <>
Subject: English; Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Multilingualism: Post Doc, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
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University or Organization: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Department: Department of Teacher Education
Job Location: Trondheim, Norway
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in English linguistics and multilingualism

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Multilingualism

Required Language(s): English (eng)


A position as Postdoctoral Fellow in English linguistics and multilingualism is available at the Department of Teacher Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The post is a fixed-term position for three years.

The successful candidate will be employed on the Research Council of Norway-funded project Acquisition of English in the multilingual classroom from 1 July 2018 for three years.

The project’s primary objective is to examine acquisition of English by multilingual language learners in Norwegian schools. The secondary objectives include examining the acquisition patterns of English L3 in Norwegian classrooms. The main focus will be on language awareness and language development, in particular the contrastive/comparative elements between the learners' L1 and English for both spoken and written language at different age groups/levels of proficiency. We will also define ‘standards’ or levels of what should be expected at the different levels of proficiency/ages to fulfil the learning outcomes in the curriculum for English. We will examine teachers and learners’ cognitive awareness of the language learning process and we will examine how students on the Master programme in English education best can take part in professional development and carry out their own research projects in multilingual classrooms.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Collect and analyse data that consist of observations and recordings of classroom interaction between students and teacher, and students’ written texts
- Carry out and analyse interviews with teachers
- Carry out some transcription and coding of audio data
- Present project results at conferences and co-author reports and publications

Required Qualifications:
- A Norwegian PhD or a foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in a relevant field
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Desired qualifications:
- Proficiency in Norwegian and another language in addition to English
- Research experience from working with multilingual learners of English

The applications should include:
- A statement including an explanation of how your research interests and background would fit with the position
- Full list of publications
- Relevant sample publications (maximum 5)
- CV with information about education and previous research experience
- Authorized documentation of certificates, diplomas and other records of study (unauthorized documentation will not be accepted)
- Name and contact information of at least two academic references

Co-authored publications work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at NTNU.

Terms and conditions:
The Postdoctoral Fellow is paid according to salary scale 24 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 490,500 - 508,400 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Principal Investigator Professor Eivind Nessa Torgersen, or Co-investigator Dr Anna Krulatz,

Application Deadline: 01-Mar-2018

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Eivind Nessa Torgersen
Phone: +4773412775

Page Updated: 07-Feb-2018