LINGUIST List 32.78

Thu Jan 07 2021

Support: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 04-Jan-2021
From: Volker Gast <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics: PhD, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
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Institution/Organization: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Department: English and American Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics


The interdisciplinary research project ''Global knowledge transfer and translocal paradoxes'' at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena invites applications for a doctoral fellowship (3 years).

The doctoral fellow is expected to make a significant contribution to the research programme of the centre as specified below, and to write a dissertation on a relevant topic.

The linguistic sub-project focuses on the computer-assisted analysis of texts in the framework of empirical comparative discourse analysis. It will cooperate closely with related projects from other disciplines (e.g. social geography), carrying out case studies on topics of current political and social relevance, such as "pandemic management", "climate change" and "digitalization", using standard methods of computer-assisted text analysis such as topic modeling and sentiment analysis, and ideally more innovative methods.

Tasks and deliverables:
- PhD dissertation
- Compilation and annotation of multilingual text corpora (e.g. parliamentary debates, data from Twitter and Instagram), ideally including data from low-resource languages
- Interdisciplinary case studies on topics that are of interest to the research centre
- Development and application of methods for the analysis of the data
- Participation in the preparation of funding applications

- Degree in general, computational or applied linguistics, or the linguistics of a specific language
- Experience with work on multilingual corpora (annotation and analysis)
- Experience with semantic text modeling (e.g. topic modeling, sentiment analysis)
- Solid knowledge of at least one programming language (e.g. Java, Python, R)
- Interest in research data management (e.g. reproducibility, FAIRness)

To apply, please send the following to the application email provided below.

Applications should include:
- A CV,
- A sample of written work,
- An exposé for a PhD project and
- (optionally) letters of reference.

Project summary: ''Global knowledge transfer and translocal paradoxes'' (

Globalisation is generally seen as both a cause and a consequence of increasing spatial mobility. This mobility involves various forms of transfer: the transfer of knowledge and norms in socio-cultural life as well as science and technology. The aim of the project is to analyse such global exchange processes. It will examine their conditions and consequences as well as the actors involved, in current and historical terms, from a conceptual and empirical perspective. The main focus is on the manifold tensions and paradoxes associated with cultural and regional differentiation on the one hand, and global connectedness on the other. Two types of paradoxes will figure centrally: (i) those that arise as a result of the (often asymmetrical) exchange processes between regional and cultural spaces; and (ii) those that arise within such spaces or societies as a result of said processes.

For questions, please contact Volker Gast at the contact information below.

Email Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
Volker Gast

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