Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Multilingualism and Globalization
One Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) and one Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) are available at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, starting November 2016. The fellowships are funded by the University of Oslo’s investment in developing world-leading research communities and are part of one of MultiLing’s new research project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”.
MultiLing is a Center of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and opened on June 1, 2013. It aims to generate scientific knowledge on multilingualism across the lifespan, related to three themes: Individual multilingual competence, multilingual language practices, and management of multilingualism in society (for more information, see http://www.hf.uio.no/multiling/).
MultiLing seeks to recruit one doctoral candidate and one postdoctoral candidate with excellent research qualifications who will work with members of the research project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”, which is part of MultiLing’s research theme “The management of multilingualism”.
The project seeks to study the role of English and other languages in Norway’s contemporary multilingual landscape. In order to understand globalization, migration and changing social and economic conditions, there is a need to focus not only on English but also on the complexity of interlocking languages in any context. This project aims to investigate these interactions between global and local forces. The aim of the project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”is thus to investigate the cultural politics of English as an international language in the context of the multilingual situation in a variety of Norwegian contexts.
For each position, applicants are expected to present an independent research project proposal that addresses an issue of relevance for the research project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”.
The successful candidate is expected to become part of MultiLing’s research environment and contribute to its development. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the relevant research areas addressed above, to contribute to and participate in the various workshops, conferences and activities organized by MultiLing, and to be an active member of the MultiLing team in Oslo.
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be plasced on:
- The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.
- The applicant’s international experience and network.
- The applicant’s academic and personal qualifications to carry out the project within the allotted time frame.
- Good cooperative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
In the case of equally qualified applicants, an applicant proposing a project that addresses issues relevant for the multilingual situation in Norway will be given preference. Candidates with a minority language background relevant for the multilingual situation in Norway are encouraged to apply.
- PhD position: salary level 50-56 (NOK 430 500 - 475 400, depending on level of expertise)
- Postdoctoral position, salary level 57-65 (NOK 483 700 - 560 700, depending on level of expertise)
- a challenging and stimulating working environment
- attractive welfare arrangements
Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:
- Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and a specification of how the proposed project relates to the research project Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway (maximum 2 pages).
- Project description (5 pages) for the research to be undertaken, including the topic of the project, issues to be examined, the chosen theoretical and methodological approach and a feasible progress plan. See the template for research proposals.
- CV (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications).
- Grade transcripts from educational institutions attended.
- Names and contact details of two references (name, relation to candidate, email address and telephone number)
Please note that all documents must be in English.
Publications, MA theses or PhD theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works at a later date.
The short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.
See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships and the guidelines concerning applointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities.
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