Thursday, April 22, 2021

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Spanish language and linguistics


A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Spanish language and linguistics is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS), University of Oslo. The fully funded 3-year PhD position is open to projects in lexical semantics and its interfaces with grammar and pragmatics, with an emphasis on Spanish.

We invite proposals for a PhD research project on one of a wide range of topics in the area of word meaning and the relations between word meaning and morphology, syntax, compositional semantics and pragmatics. Questions addressed in this area may concern, inter alia, lexical decomposition, meaning shifts in context, the division of labor between the lexicon, word formation and syntax, event structure and the lexicon, lexical presupposition triggers, or pragmatic markers. Proposals may focus exclusively on Spanish or on Spanish in comparison to other languages, preferably Mainland Scandinavian, German or English. Priority will be given to a proposal with a clear formal theoretical profile and a strong empirical basis. The main supervisor for the project will be associate professor Alexandra Anna Spalek 

Application deadline: 18 May 2021

Expected start date: 1 September 2021

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research environment in linguistics, which consists of researchers in different departments, and contribute to its development. PhD candidates at the University of Oslo are expected to have a co-supervisor who can be based at another university, and the candidate may suggest potential co-supervisors in the application. Read more about the doctoral degree​.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualification requirements

A Master's degree or equivalent in Spanish language or linguistics. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.

Fluent oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English

Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

Further qualifications

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation

The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame

The applicant's ability to complete research training

Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

We offer

Salary NOK 482 200 - 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications

A professionally stimulating working environment

Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Attractive welfare benefits

A budget for travel and research assistance

How to apply

The application must include:

Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position

Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)

Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system

Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (approx. 3 - 5 pages, max. 14,000 characters, see Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Contact information

Associate Professor Alexandra Spalek (e-mail)

Head of Administration Karina Kleiva (e-mail)

HR Adviser Evian Nordstrand (for questions on electronic application)

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