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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis Health communications, Healthcare-related studies
Specific Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Application Deadline: 01-Jun-2012
Supporting Institution: University of Hong Kong
Centre for Humanities and Medicine
LL Issue: 23.2015
Posted: 24-Apr-2012
Support Description: This is the second, modified posting of this announcement.
The original announcement can be viewed here:

Call: PhD Fellowship in Discourse Analysis of Telegenetic Counseling
Communication:Three-year full-time PhD position in discourse analysis of
telegenetic counseling communication, deadline: 1 June 2012, HKT 12 noon.

The position relates to the current project titled 'A Discourse Analytic Study
of Telegenetic Counseling in Hong Kong' conducted at the Centre for the
Humanities and Medicine (CHM), Hong Kong University. The CHM is the first
institution of its kind in Asia and combines the commitment to cutting-edge
interdisciplinary research with the cultivation of professional competencies and
practices. The fellowship is funded by the Research Grant Council's General
Research Fund (GRF, funding period 2011-2013; the PhD position will go
beyond the project period).

Genetic counseling is a complex activity in which counselors inform clients at
risk of genetic disorder about the familial basis of the disorder and available
testing options thus facilitating clients' decisions regarding (not) testing and
(not) disclosing their genetic status. Counseling mediated through telephone or
computer systems is even more complex, highlighting context-specific
interactional demands on the participants. The project generally investigates
telephone-mediated counseling and its differences from face-to-face
counseling. Risk explanations, information-giving vis-à-vis advice-giving,
reassurance and other associated themes are examined.

The candidate will actively research one of these aspects of telegenetic/face-
to-face counseling. The dissertation will identify a distinct research topic,
but will remain linked to the parent project. The candidate will also contribute to
the development of the Health Communication Research Cluster of the CHM
through participation in activities organized by the CHM. The position is
available for 36 months. The candidate should not register later than January 1,
2013. Candidates preferably have background in one of the following: (applied)
linguistics, discourse analysis, health communication, or healthcare-related
studies. Knowledge of Cantonese and/or Mandarin are desirable but not

Applications must be submitted via the standard online application process for
HKU. For further information on research postgraduate education at HKU and
application procedure, see
Full-time PhD students who hold a first degree with second-class honors first
division (or equivalent) or above are normally considered eligible to receive a
Postgraduate Studentship during the normative study period. Candidates'
results in Master's degrees may also be considered. The basic studentship is
currently HK$13,600 (US$1,740)/month (subject to revision). Additional
financial awards are available. The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (HKPF) awards
HK$20,000/month in studentship and a conference/research related travel
allowance of HK$10,000/year for up to three years. Applicants who have
applied for the HKPF are automatically considered for the University
Postgraduate Fellowships (UPF) (HK$70,000) in addition to other studentships.
For further financial info, see

Applicants should send an e-mail to Dr. Olga Zayts (zayts
notifying her that they have applied for the position. Further inquiries should
be sent to Dr. Olga Zayts (zayts Linguist List or Professor Srikant Sarangi
(Sarangi Linguist List
Application Web Address:
Contact Information: Dr. Olga Zayts