PhD fellowship in Corpus Linguistics available, focusing on the application of corpora in the teaching of English. Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences – Hamar

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences – Hamar is currently looking to recruit a PhD research fellow in Corpus Linguistics (three years), focusing on the application of corpora in the teaching of English. The application deadline is 01 September 2017.

Details are found here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/140082/research-fellow-in-corpus-linguistics-focusing-on-the-application-of-corpora-in-the-teaching-of-english

PhD fellowship in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UC Louvain) – new application deadline

The Center for Linguistics (CLIN) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has an opening  for a PhD fellowship for a total period of four years, starting September – November 2017.

The position is part of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)-funded research project entitled Lexicogrammatical complexity: a missing construct in L2 research. The project is supervised by Alex Housen (VUB), with Magali Paquot (UCLouvain) as cosupervisor.

The project is concerned with the complexity and learning difficulties that arise at the lexicon-grammar interface in the process of second language acquisition, with a focus on Dutch as a second/foreign language.

Job description:
The research project is a joint venture between the Center of Linguistics at the VUB and
the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL) at the UCLouvain. The candidate will
be affiliated to the Center of Linguistics (CLIN) at the VUB and the Centre for English
Corpus Linguistics (CECL) at the UCLouvain, and will prepare a joint VUB-UCLouvain
PhD in Linguistics.

Activities that the candidate will perform include:

  • develop and implement (i) theoretical concepts in line with the focus of the research project and (ii) appropriate methodological procedures for investigating these concepts;
  • conduct corpus-based analyses of L1 and L2 Dutch writing samples;
  • interpret the results of the analyses and report on the project in conference
    presentations and academic publications;
  • by the end of the four-year term, submit and defend a PhD dissertation based on the project.

Requirements and profile:
- Master degree in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language & Literature, Natural
Language Processing or in Language Learning and Teaching, with a master thesis on
a topic relevant to the project;
- excellent record of BA and MA level study;
- excellent command of Dutch, very good command of English. Knowledge of French
is an asset;
- excellent and demonstrated analytical skills;
- ability to work with common software packages (including MS Word, Excel and
PowerPoint);
- knowledge of inferential statistics and statistical software (e.g. SPSS, R) is an asset;
- basic knowledge of corpus-linguistic techniques is a requirement;
- programming skills in Perl or Python are also an asset;
- excellent and demonstrated self-management skills, ability and willingness to work in
a team;
- willingness to live in or near Brussels and to travel abroad (for short-term research
stays and to attend international academic conferences).

Terms of employment:
- the contract will initially be for one year, three times renewable, with a total of four
years;
- the candidate receives a doctoral fellowship grant (starting at approx. EUR 1900 net
per month) and full medical insurance;
- the position requires residence in Belgium, preferably in or near Brussels;
- applicants from outside the EU are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa or
permits, with the assistance of the International Office of the VUB.
Application Deadline: 31 August 2017
Please include with your application:
- a cover letter in English, in which you specify why you are interested in this position
and how you meet the job requirements outlined above;
- a curriculum vitae in English;
- a concise academic statement in Dutch, in which you outline your plans for graduate
study and career goals;
- a copy of BA and MA diplomas and degrees;
- a copy of your master thesis and academic publications (if applicable);
- the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (in situ or via video conferencing) in
August and/or September 2017.

Applications (as an email attachment) and inquiries should be addressed to:
Prof. dr. Alex Housen                                                        Dr. Magali Paquot
Dept. of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LIST)         Centre for English Corpus Linguistics
Vrije Universiteit Brussel                                                  Université Catholique de Louvain
Pleinlaan 2                                                                           Place Blaise Pascal 1, bte L3.03.31
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium                                                 B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Email: alex.housen@vub.be                                             Email: magali.paquot@uclouvain.be

PhD in (learner) corpus research at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Education and Natural Sciences at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences (HUAS) is advertising a temporary 100% recruitment position for a research fellowship in English, related to the research field of corpus linguistics and focusing on foreign language didactics and educational applications of corpus linguistics.

https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/129115/research-fellowship-in-english

JOB OPENING: PHD STUDENT / RESEARCHER IN ENGLISH LINGUISTICS

We are inviting applications for a three-year 0,5 PhD student position (E 13 TV-L on the German salary scale) in the English linguistics section at Bremen University, one of eleven “Universities of Excellence” in Germany that compete internationally in top-level research. The position should be filled by 1 October 2016.

Applicants have an MA in English (Applied) Linguistics (or a teacher degree with a focus on and final thesis in English linguistics) and a strong background and interest in either varieties of English, (learner) corpus research or Second Language Acquisition. Successful applicants are expected to carry out research on a dissertation in (applied) English linguistics. The teaching load comprises 2 hours per semester.

Further information about the research unit can be found online at http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/anglistik/linguistik/default.aspx. For further enquiries write to the e-mail address specified below.

Non-native speakers of German should have at least a working knowledge of German. Detailed information about the German salary scale can be found here: http://www.uni-bremen.de/en/international/ways-to-the-university-of-bremen/welcome-centre-international-researchers/useful-information/financing.html

Applications deadline: 01 September 2016

Mailing address for applications (e-mail applications with letter of motivation, dissertation proposal, CV, and diplomas attached as a single PDF are preferred):

Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies
University of Bremen, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies
English-Speaking Cultures
Bibliothekstraße 1, GW 2
D-28359 Bremen
callies@uni-bremen.de

1 full-time PhD position in the framework of the research project entitled Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives

1 full-time PhD position in the framework of the research project entitled Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives

General job description
The Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C) and the Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL; Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), in collaboration with the research group on Multilingualism (Pluri-LL) of the University of Namur (Belgium), are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate within the framework of the research project “Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives”.

The central aim of the research project is to investigate CLIL education in French-speaking Belgium from a multidisciplinary perspective. The project focuses on primary and secondary school CLIL education in Dutch and English and examines by which cognitive (memory, attention,…) and socioaffective (motivational, attitudinal,…) factors the potential linguistic differences (with respect to pronunciation, lexis and grammar) between pupils in CLIL education and their pairs in non-CLIL school environments, can be accounted for.

Project promoters
Prof. Philippe Hiligsmann – Spokesman (UCL / IL&C / Valibel); Prof. Benoît Galand (UCL/ IPSY /Girsef);
Prof. Laurence Mettewie (UNamur / Pluri-LL);
Prof. Fanny Meunier (UCL / IL&C / CECL);
Prof. Arnaud Szmalec (UCL / IPSY / IoNS);
Prof. Kristel Van Goethem (F.R.S.-FNRS / UCL / IL&C / Valibel)

PhD position description
The candidate will be offered a 4-year fully funded PhD position (2 years, renewable once) to work on the linguistic research line and to analyze the relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of phraseological competence in Dutch and English, by using both corpus-based and experimental methods.

Profile
- Master in linguistics or in modern languages, with honours;
- Native or near-native proficiency in French, English and Dutch;
- High level of academic English, both written and spoken;
- Good knowledge of corpus linguistic methods;
- Knowledge of statistics or commitment to acquire it;
- Knowledge of experimental research designs or commitment to acquire it;
- Dynamic and motivated;
- Capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for in-house, national and international collaborations and with access to state-of-the-art research equipment. The salary is according to standard Belgian regulations: +/- 1800 EUR net/month.

Start of grant: September 1st, 2015
Deadline: Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter including research interests (in English, French or Dutch) and contact information (email) of two potential references to Philippe.hiligsmann@uclouvain.be before June 30th 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional information: For more information on the PhD project do not hesitate to contact Prof. F. Meunier (fanny.meunier@uclouvain.be )

More information on the research institutes and centers which the candidate will be part of can be found on the following websites:
- Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C): http://www.uclouvain.be/ilc.html
- CECL: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl.html
- Valibel: http://www.uclouvain.be/valibel

4 full-time PhD positions Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives

General job description

The Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C) and the Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL; Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), in collaboration with the research group on Multilingualism (Pluri-LL) of the University of Namur (Belgium), are seeking four highly motivated PhD candidates within the framework of the research project “Assessing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): Linguistic, cognitive and educational perspectives”.

The central aim of the research project is to investigate CLIL education in French-speaking Belgium from a multidisciplinary perspective. CLIL is a didactic method, comparable to immersion education, in which school subjects are taught in a different target language than the mainstream school language. The project will focus on primary and secondary school CLIL education in Dutch and English and examine by which cognitive (memory, attention,…) and socio-affective (motivational, attitudinal,…) factors the potential linguistic differences (with respect to pronunciation, lexis and grammar) between pupils in CLIL education and their pairs in non-CLIL school environments, can be accounted for. The methodological approach will combine corpus-based longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses, together with experimental research designs.

Promoters

Prof. Philippe Hiligsmann – Spokesman (UCL / IL&C / Valibel): philippe.hiligsmann@uclouvain.be

Prof. Benoît Galand (UCL / IPSY / Girsef): benoit.galand@uclouvain.be

Prof. Laurence Mettewie (UNamur / Pluri-LL): Laurence.mettewie@unamur.be

Prof. Fanny Meunier (UCL / IL&C / CECL): fanny.meunier@uclouvain.be

Prof. Arnaud Szmalec (UCL / IPSY / IoNS): arnaud.szmalec@uclouvain.be

Prof. Kristel Van Goethem (F.R.S.-FNRS / UCL / IL&C / Valibel): kristel.vangoethem@uclouvain.be

PhD projects

Each selected candidate will be engaged in a 4-year full-time PhD project (2-year renewable contract), with focus on one (or more) of the following research lines:

-          Linguistic research goals:

  • Examine the relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of spoken skills and oral proficiency in Dutch and English (i.e. the perception and production of target language vowels and/or word stress) by using qualitative classroom observations, spontaneous speech production and quantitative experimental methods.
  • Analyze the relationship between the learning environment and the acquisition of lexical and grammatical proficiency in Dutch and English, by using both corpus-based and experimental methods. Focus will be on:

overall phraseology

specific lexico-grammatical constructions (i.e. expression of intensification).

-          Cognitive research goals:

  • Analyze the cognitive demands of CLIL, by experimental research designs
  • Gain understanding of how bilingual education affects overall cognitive functioning (with a focus on executive control) in CLIL learners and increase scientific knowledge about the cognitive basis of bilingualism in general
  • Investigate how the cognitive profile of CLIL learners relates to their linguistic profile and how this relation is moderated by individual socio-affective variables and learning environment

-          Socio-affective research goals:

Explore the dynamic relationships between the socio-affective variables (social interactions in the classroom, background, motivation, attitudes) on the one hand, and language acquisition and cognitive functioning on the other hand.

The candidates will obtain a PhD degree in linguistics or psychology, depending on the area of research. Each PhD candidate will work on the joined supervision of some of the promoters of the project, depending on the PhD topic addressed. In addition, a postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the daily supervision of the projects.

Profile

-          Master in linguistics or modern languages, with honours, for the PhDs in the linguistic / socio-affective domains

-          Master in psychology / psycholinguistics / logopaedics / educational sciences, with honours, for the PhDs in the cognitive / socio-affective domains

-          For the PhDs in the linguistic domains, native or near-native proficiency in French, English and/or Dutch is required;
for the PhDs in the cognitive / socio-affective domains, knowledge of the three languages is an asset

-          High level of academic English, both written and spoken

-          Good knowledge of statistics or commitment to acquire it

-          Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and/or experimental research designs

-          Dynamic and motivated

-          Capacity to work both independently and as part of a team

We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for in-house, national and international collaborations and with access to state-of-the-art research equipment. The salary is according to standard Belgian regulations: +/- 1800 EUR net/month.

Start of grant: October 1st, 2014

Deadline: Interested candidates should send a CV, motivation letter including research interests (in English, French or Dutch) and contact information (email) of two potential references to Philippe.hiligsmann@uclouvain.be before June 30th 2014. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

Additional information:

Do not hesitate to contact the promoters to obtain more information on the linguistic (Prof. Ph. Hiligsmann, Prof. F. Meunier, Prof. K. Van Goethem), cognitive (Prof. A. Szmalec) and socio-affective (Prof. L. Mettewie, Prof. B. Galand) research lines.

More information on the research institutes and centers can be found on the following websites:

-          Institute for Language and Communication (IL&C): http://www.uclouvain.be/ilc.html

-          Psychological Sciences Research Institute (IPSY): http://www.uclouvain.be/ipsy.html

-          Valibel: http://www.uclouvain.be/valibel

-          CECL: http://www.uclouvain.be/en-cecl.html

-          Girsef: http://www.uclouvain.be/girsef.html

-          IoNS: https://www.uclouvain.be/ions.html

-          Pluri-LL: http://www.unamur.be/lettres/pluri-ll

 

 

 

PhD openings in research at the intersection of linguistics, computational linguistics/NLP and education

The LEAD Graduate School invites applications for up to six three-year doctoral positions or stipends starting October 2014

We welcome applications from students interested in research at the intersection of linguistics, computational linguistics / NLP and education.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- language technology and educational assessment
- language complexity in educational contexts, for instance language learning or domain-specific discourse, for instance math education
- NLP and clinical psychology, such as analyzing linguistic correlates of ADHD
- intelligent tutoring systems (extending activity types, feedback, learner modeling)
- linguistic analysis and/or computational modeling of learner language in Second Language Acquisition Research (SLA)
- SLA-motivated input enhancement and ICALL
- integrating cognitive and linguistic modeling in educational contexts

Requirements
- Successfully or nearly finished MA or MSc or equivalent degree in linguistics, computational linguistics, language technology,
computer science, cognitive science, psychology, or a related field - excellent grades and a strong interest in conducting research from an interdisciplinary perspective
- ideal candidates bring in linguistic and computational background, programming experience, and strong interest in educational science and applications

The interdisciplinary Graduate School “Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development” (LEAD) is situated at the University of Tübingen. LEAD PhD candidates benefit from:
- A prestigious, internationally focused and interdisciplinary PhD program funded by the German Excellence Initiative;
- Regular thesis discussions with peers and supervisory teams, plus retreats, lectures and workshops by international guest researchers
- Individual and project funds to support research and training
- Training and research support from the LEADing Research Center
- LEAD support systems for families, equal opportunity, and diversity

Applications should include a completed application cover sheet, a CV, degree certificates and transcripts (or documentation of degree about to be obtained), two letters of recommendation, a statement of research interest and experience, and a motivation letter describing your interest in obtaining a PhD in LEAD. The related forms can be found at: http://purl.org/lead/apply

Application deadline: June 22, 2014

Please contact potential advisors from the LEAD faculty to discuss your interests and potential PhD projects before applying. The faculty members in the “Language” intersection of LEAD can be found at http://purl.org/lead/language

For informal inquiries contact:

Dr. Magdalena Wolska <magdalena.wolska@uni-tuebingen.de>

http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/~mwolska

Prof. Dr. Detmar Meurers <dm@sfs.uni-tuebingen.de>

http://purl.org/dm

Send all application documents in one single pdf attachment via email to the Director of the LEAD Graduate School, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein, at ulrich.trautwein@uni-tuebingen.de, no later than June 22, 2014. Applications beyond this date are welcome and may be taken
into account as further positions become available. Note that interviews will be scheduled for July 15/16, 2014.

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer regarding professional opportunities for women and men. Equally qualified candidates with physical challenges will be given preference.
Employment will be conducted by the central university administration.

PhD research grants in the research project “Lexico-grammatical variation in advanced learner varieties”

We are inviting applications for 1-2 positions for PhD students (E 13 TV-L on the German salary scale) in the research project “Lexico-grammatical variation in advanced learner varieties” (http://www.advanced-learner-varieties.info) now funded for three years by the University of Bremen, one of eleven “Universities of Excellence” in Germany that compete internationally in top-level research.

Applicants should have an MA degree in English (Applied) Linguistics and a strong background and interest in (learner) corpus research and Second Language Acquisition. Successful applicants are expected to work on the compilation and annotation of an electronic text corpus of academic learner English, the Corpus of Academic Learner English
(CALE) and carry out research on a project-related dissertation. For further enquiries write to the e-mail address specified below.

Non-native speakers of German should have at least a working knowledge of German. Opportunities for part-time employment are available.
Detailed information about the German salary scale can be found here:

http://www.uni-bremen.de/en/international/ways-to-the-university-of-bremen/welcome-centre/useful-information/financing.html

Applications Deadline: 15 October 2013

Mailing address for applications (e-mail applications with letter of motivation, CV, diplomas etc. attached are preferred):

Prof. Dr. Marcus Callies
University of Bremen, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies English-Speaking Cultures Bibliothekstraße 1, GW 2
D-28359 Bremen
callies@uni-bremen.de

 

PhD openings in English linguistics

The Institute for Language and Communication at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) has two PhD openings within the framework of the research project “Fluency and disfluency markers. A multimodal contrastive perspective” conducted jointly by the CECL (Centre for English Corpus Linguistics), VALIBEL – Discours et Variation and CENTAL (Centre de traitement automatique du langage) in collaboration with the University of Namur (Namur Research College).

The selected candidates will be engaged in a 4-year PhD project on the following topics:

  • Topic 1. Fluency and disfluency in English native and learner speech (supervisors: Gaëtanelle Gilquin and Sylviane Granger)
  • Topic 2. Discourse markers as (dis)fluency markers in English and French speech (supervisors: Liesbeth Degand and Gaëtanelle Gilquin)

Profile:

  • - Master in linguistics or modern languages (major in linguistics), with honours
    - Native or near-native speaker of English (Topic 1) and very good knowledge of English and French (Topic 2)
    - High level of academic English
    - Good knowledge of linguistic statistics or commitment to acquire it
    - Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and tools
    - Dynamic and motivated
    - Capacity to work independently and as part of a team
    - Previous experience with the analysis of spoken language and/or discourse features is an asset

We offer a motivating research environment with many opportunities for collaboration with other researchers working on the same project. The salary consists of a PhD grant including social security (+/- 1500 € net/month).

Deadline: January 1st, 2013; review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in one of the above PhD grants, please send a letter of motivation, a CV, and two references in electronic form to:

  • Topic 1: Gaëtanelle Gilquin (gaetanelle.gilquin@uclouvain.be) and Sylviane Granger (sylviane.granger@uclouvain.be)
  • Topic 2: Liesbeth Degand (liesbeth.degand@uclouvain.be) and Gaëtanelle Gilquin (gaetanelle.gilquin@uclouvain.be)

Additional information:

More info on the project (Dis)fluency project