Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
March 15, 2023
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The Department of Language and Literature has a vacancy for a

Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 43,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the job

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. We invite applications from qualified individuals for a 2-year postdoctoral position within the research group AcqVA (Acquisition, Variation & Attrition), with the possibility of additional time for teaching if the successful applicant has relevant competence for this.

The AcqVA group (https:// is a joint research group between UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø and NTNU in Trondheim. The Trondheim unit of the group consists of 24 researchers, including 4 professors, 6 associate professors, 2 postdocs/researchers, 8 PhD candidates, and 3 adjunct professors. The group members are involved in a range of research projects both locally and internationally, many of which have received external funding.

Changes in states of linguistic knowledge, be it in develop­ment (acqui­sition) or possible erosion over the life­span (attri­tion), exa­mined across complementary populations and multiple lan­guage com­binations (variation), provide crucial know­ledge about the organi­za­tion of mental gram­mars. AcqVA conducts research based on real-life situ­a­tions, re­flect­ing today's globa­lized world where learning mul­tiple lan­guages at various points in the lifetime has become increasingly common. AcqVA's vision is to provide ground­breaking data and novel theories that will sub­stan­tially increase our understanding of how mental gram­mars may vary, how they develop in children and adults, and how they change under condi­tions of reduced input and use.

In Trondheim, research centers around two topics: i) understanding variation in closely related varieties (including dialects and multilingual grammars), and ii) L2 and L3 acquisition. The advertised postdoc position will provide an opportunity for research projects within the first of these areas (variation in closely related varieties and/or aspects of multilingual grammars) and on any suitable language combinations.

Your immediate leader will be the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position
  • to research and write journal articles and other scientific publications relating to the main themes of the chosen candidate's research project
  • to help organize the activities of the research group
  • The postdoc may also be involved in coordinating the activities of the research group. For example, this includes organizing weekly lunch seminars.

    Required selection criteria
  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in subject area If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position.
  • A research portfolio within formal linguistics relevant to the goals of the project and group (e.g. multilingualism or other aspects of language variation)
  • The applicant must provide a project proposal with a progress plan for the project's main activities. It is a prerequisite that the applicant will be able to complete the project within the period of employment.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

    Preferred selection criteria
  • In the assessment, the main emphasis will be placed on the submitted works and the project proposal. Emphasis will also be placed on experience from popularization/dissemination, and academic policy and administrative activity.
  • Experience with science communication
  • International experience and networks
  • Personal characteristics
  • Ability to collaborate, e.g., through co-authoring research papers or collecting research data
  • Ability to conduct independent research
  • Organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

    The period of employment is 2 years with the possibility of additional teaching tasks if the candidate is eligible to teach in one of the department's study programmes.

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

    After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

    The application must include:

  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • A research proposal of maximum 5 pages containing research questions, theoretical background, methodology, and a plan for the 2-year period. The project proposal should strengthen and complement the research profile of the AcqVA group.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken outside of Norway, you may also be required to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway's culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

    As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Terje Lohndal, email: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Leite, email: [email protected]

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: March 15, 2023


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