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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Teaching,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics [Other]
Application Deadline: 20-May-2012
Supporting Institution: University of Huddersfield
School of Music, Humanities and Media
LL Issue: 23.1922
Posted: 17-Apr-2012
Support Description: Several Fee Waiver PhD Positions at University of Huddersfield

The English Subject Area in the School of Music, Humanities and Media,
University of Huddersfield invites applications for several PhD positions. The
extent of fee-waiver will be decided depending on previous academic
achievement and future potential. The posts are open to both international and
home applicants.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide up to 80 hours
research/teaching assistance a year for a 100% scholarship and up to 40 hours
for a 50% scholarship. Applicants must be able to fund their own living costs.
Importantly, the successful applicants should have an interest in one or more of
the following areas:

Linguistic politeness and impoliteness
Intercultural communication
Historical pragmatics
Language on the internet

Successful candidates will work under the supervision of Professor Daniel Z.
Kadar, with Dr. Jim O'Driscoll as a second supervisor, and they will be expected
to spend at least 8 hours per week on specific research assignments given to
them by their supervisors.

Applicants should be of outstanding academic ability, with at least an upper
second class degree and usually a Masters-level qualification, and a
commitment to develop high quality and original research. A proven interest in
linguistic politeness, impoliteness and rituality is an important asset for the
application and applicants with such an interest will be given priority in the
course of the selection process. Previous research background and expertise in
a second language count as pluses but they are not preconditions for the
position.

The School performed very well in RAE 2008. Across the School more than 75
percent of the research was ranked as internationally recognised,
internationally excellent or world-leading. The School has a substantial
postgraduate community, and the successful applicant will be able to
participate in a full range of research activities including seminars, research
training and conferences. The University offers generous funding for
conferences and other research-related activities.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Professor Daniel Kadar: d.z.kadar Linguist List hud.ac.uk

Along with filling the application form and submitting documents required by
the University of Huddersfield (see details on
www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/applicationform/), the applicants
are expected to submit 1) an application letter, which describes their previous
experience (if any) and interests related with the areas listed above, as well as
2) a detailed description of their planned doctoral research, and 3) two letters of
recommendation. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Skype or
phone, depending on technology available for the applicant.

The closing date for this call is 20 May 2012. The applicant will be expected to
enroll in September 2012.

The application pack should be sent to the Research Office of the University of
Huddersfield: research-office Linguist List hud.ac.uk
Application Mailing Address: Professor Daniel Z. Kadar
School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield
Queensgate
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom
Contact Information: Professor Daniel Z. Kadar
d.z.kadar@hud.ac.uk