Individual fellowship on Russian Linguistics supervised by Prof. Nesset - 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 Russian Linguistics as presented by Prof. Nesset:

My research field is Slavic cognitive linguistics and I welcome all kinds of projects in this field. In my research I relate the theory of cognitive linguistics to empirical problems from the Russian language. My publications focus on fundamental concepts in cognitive linguistics such as metaphor and metonymy, which I relate to issues in Russian, such as aspectual prefixes, time and space in adverbials, and variation and change in morphological and syntactic constructions. I am among the few cognitive linguists who have published extensively on phonology (see my monograph Abstract Phonology in a Concrete Model, De Gruyter Mouton, 2008). In recent years, my research has become increasingly focused on the application of quantitative methods to large samples of corpus data. In particular, I have carried out a number of empirical investigations of so-called rival forms, i.e. situations where two forms appear to have the same function in the language. My interest in the history of the Russian language has increased over the years, and in 2015 I published the monograph How Russian Came to Be the Way It Is and an article on syntactic change in the journal Diachronica.

I am interested in working on projects that combine the theory of cognitive linguistics with Russian data, possibly in comparison with other languages. In particular, projects involving rival forms and quantitative methods are welcome.
I have considerable experience in grant management and supervision of junior scholars, and I have been the co-PI on three large research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and one funded by Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Together with Professor Laura A. Janda I have founded the research group CLEAR (Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian). The successful applicant of the MSCA Individual Fellowship will be a full-fledged member of the CLEAR group and participate in the group’s ongoing projects.

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 ( We are looking forward to applications from promising young researchers within the field of Russian 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. Tore Nesset. 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” ( 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 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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