Fellowship on Slavic Linguistics supervised by Prof. Janda - Call for postdoc applicants, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2016

Deadline: Mar 11, 2016

In this call UiT The Arctic University of Norway searches for talented, young researchers within the field of Slavic Cognitive Linguistics as presented by Prof. Janda:

My research field is Slavic cognitive linguistics and I welcome all projects in that field. I have strong expertise in Slavic linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and the implementation of quantitative methods in theoretical linguistics. I have presented a series of theoretical breakthroughs in Russian linguistics, and have recently published studies of North Saami, a minority language of northern Scandinavia. My research focuses primarily on the expression and meaning of grammatical categories such as case and aspect, as documented in language corpora. I have applied various statistical models to the analysis of form-meaning relationships in language, particularly in situations where there is not a one-to-one relationship between form and meaning. These situations are pervasive in language, since there can be either multiple forms that express the same or similar meaning (“rival forms”) or single forms that have multiple interpretations (polysemy, ambiguity, homonymy). I am also actively engaged in collaboration with computational linguists and language technology specialists in projects that join these disciplines to questions of theoretical importance for linguists.

I have mentored PhD students and postdoctoral fellows that now hold posts at UiT, Harvard U., the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Sungkyunkwan U. in Seoul, U. Copenhagen, U. Sheffield, U. Maryland, and the US State Department. I am Associate Editor of the prestigious journal Cognitive Linguistics and past president of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association. I have been the PI on major grants from the Norwegian Research Council, the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the US Department of Education. At present I am the leader of the CLEAR (Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian) research group at UiT (https://www.cristin.no/as/WebObjects/cristin.woa/5/wa/presentasjonVis?pres=310135&type=GRUPPE&la=en).

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has set up the «The Arctic MSCA-IF program» to select excellent young researchers planning to submit applications for a Marie Skłodowska Curie individual fellowship (MSCA-IF) in order to pursue a research career (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca). We are looking forward to applications from promising young researchers within the field of Slavic Cognitive Linguistics. The candidate will be given the opportunity to write an application for a 24-month MSCA individual fellowship at UiT together with supervisor Prof. Laura Janda. This is a possibility to accelerate your research career while living in the urban research city Tromsø, uniquely located on top of the world surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine wild nature.

This call is one of 31 from pre-selected supervisors at UiT through the “Arctic MSCA-IF program” (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca/supervisors). Successful candidates will be invited to Tromsø (travel and accommodation expenses covered) for a two-days MSCA-IF symposium on June 1-2, 2016. The candidates present their past research achievements, discuss future plans with their potential supervisor and learn how to write a successful MSCA-IF application. Together with the supervisor, the selected candidates start developing their MSCA-IF application towards the MSCA-IF deadline on September 14th 2016.

Please send your CV and research plan (max 2 pages) to ArcticMSCA@uit.no within March 11 2016.

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Language sciences - Linguistics

Career Stage

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles

Established Researcher (R3)

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