PhD Research Fellowship in General Linguistics

University of Bergen
March 19, 2023
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PhD Research Fellowship in General Linguistics UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

Through robust and close interaction with the world around us – globally, nationally and locally – we shall be instrumental in building a society based on knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Do you want to take part in shaping the future?

PhD Research Fellowship in General Linguistics at the Department of

Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies (LLE)

The Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies (LLE) invites applications for for a PhD position in linguistics commencing September 1st 2023, or as agreed. The position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

About the Department

LLE has approximately 80 tenured faculty , 17 administrative employees, around 40 PhD candidates and seven postdocs. The department covers the subjects of comparative literature, digital culture, classical philology, art history, Nordic literature, language and subject didactics, Old Norse philology, Norwegian as a second language, linguistics and theater studies.

Qualifications and personal qualities
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian master's degree or the equivalent foreign degree in linguistics, cognitive science or related scientific fields. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who document a foreign degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Programme plan.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Applicants must submit a proposal for a research project that will result in a doctoral dissertation.

    Preference is given to applicants whose research profile and proposal match the expertise of the faculty members, preferably involving experimental psycholinguistics or quantitative and/or corpus approaches to comparative linguistics, or sign language linguistics.

  • Applicants with a focus on experimental psycholinguistics should have documented experience with psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics,cognitive science or psychology, and a solid background in statistical methods and experimental design, and preferably programming experience.
  • Applicants with a focus on quantitative/corpus approaches to comparative linguistics should have documented experience with corpus linguistics or linguistic typology and previous experience with language databases/resources, and preferably solid programming skills.
  • Applicants with a focus on sign language linguistics should have documented experience with sign language linguistics or Deaf Studies and proficiency in a signed language.
  • Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program pt. 2.1.

    In assessing the applications, the academic quality and feasibility of the proposed PhD project and the academic qualifications of the candidate will be considered. Further emphasis is also placed on strategic considerations, motivation, and the applicant's personal eligibility.

    About the PhD position

    The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for a career in academia and for other forms of employment that requires high analytical skills. The duration of the PhD position is four years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results, and administration. The plan for this part of the position is developed in collaboration with the Department at the very beginning of the employment period.

    Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen are not eligible to apply for this position.

    The employment period may be reduced for candidates who have previously been employed in a recruitment position at other institutions.

    The PhD position demands that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    About the research training

    As a PhD candidate you must participate in the Faculty of Humanities' educational programme. The programme consists of completing a training component of 30 ECTS, annual progress reporting and an approved midway evaluation. Click here for additional details on the content and requirements of the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (code 1017) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 501 200 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:

    Apply electronically via the link "APPLY FOR THIS JOB". Applicants are required to use the electronic CV form. The following information must be enclosed:

  • A project proposal of up to five pages/12.000 characters, when bibliography is not included. The project proposal should describe the research project, including research background, main research questions, theory, method, etc.
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. This must contain information about the number of ECTS of the master's degree, or be followed by an official and personalized confirmation with this information issued by the awarding institution.
  • A short summary of the master's thesis or equivalent thesis (up to three pages).
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • A progress plan for the project.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Publications in your name (up to three works).
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • The application and attachments need to be in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. Documents in other languages need to be uploaded together with a certified translation into English (or a Scandinavian language). Attachments can be in either Word or PDF and must be uploaded to Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

    General information:

    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Anders Fagerjord, [email protected], 55 58 36 53 or associate professor Carl Börstell, carl.bö[email protected]

    The public sector shall reflect the diversity of the Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    Shortlisted candidates will be called in to an interview.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to: [email protected]

    Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

    Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

    There are four departments and four centres at Faculty of Humanities. Read more about the faculty and departments.


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