The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.

Doctoral Research Fellowship in English Historical Linguistics

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in English Historical Linguistics is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

English Historical Linguistics is a research group whose members specialize in linguistic variation and change, especially within historical syntax, historical phonology, and manuscript studies; they also conduct research within the historical fields of dialectology, morphology, and comparative and contrastive linguistics, and apply the newest methods of research on historical linguistic material. The objective of historical linguistics is both to describe language variation and change along relevant variables such as genre and context, and to attempt to identify the mechanisms which trigger or contribute to variation and change. Applications for a PhD fellowship are invited on any topic within the field of diachronic/historical linguistics, including the above-mentioned disciplines as well as historical semantics and pragmatics. Successful projects will contribute to the objectives specified in the preceding. Projects which aim to develop theories or models will be considered, but such projects should also apply these theories or models on empirical material.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualifications

  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in English historical linguistics. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.

  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

We offer

  • salary level NOK 436 900 – 490 900, depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo, either in person or via Skype.

See also Guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

Contacts:

Associate Professor Gjertrud Flermoen Stenbrenden

Associate Professor Jacob Thaisen

Associate Professor Kristin Bech 

Head of Administration Karina Kleiva

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Employer
    University of Oslo
  • Website
  • Municipality
    Oslo
  • Place of service
    Øvre Blindern
  • Jobbnorge ID
    144235
  • Internal ID
    2017/12832 ILOS
  • Scope
    Fulltime
  • Duration
    Project

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