Three two-year researcher/postdoc positions in Scandinavian Dialect Syntax

Deadline: 15 September 2010

Three researcher positions in Scandinavian Dialect Syntax are currently available. One of the positions will be based at the Text Laboratory, ILN, at the University of Oslo as part of the project "Norwegian Dialect Syntax – Grammatical Variation: New Isoglosses and New Media" (NorDiaSyn) funded by the Research Council of Norway.


The other two positions will be based at other Nordic institutions in the network of research groups participating in the NOS-HS funded project Nordic Dialect Corpus and Collaboration (NorDiaCorp), i.e. one of the following: University of Iceland, University of Tromsø, The Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU), University of Bergen, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, Gothenburg University, Lund University, or University of Helsinki.

A common research task for all three positions will be to further develop the common resources Nordic Syntactic Judgments Database and Nordic Dialect Corpus and to disseminate scholarly and popular information on the basis of these resources, in collaboration with other researchers in the network. A particular effort will be made to develop cartographic overviews over syntactic and morphosyntactic phenomena in the Nordic dialect continuum.

Applicants should:

  • hold a PhD degree in a field relevant to the research to be carried out
  • have solid training in theoretical syntax
  • have a good knowledge of Scandinavian/North Germanic dialects and experience with descriptive dialectology
    (the position in Oslo in addition requires knowledge of Norwegian dialects specifically)
  • formulate an independent research plan (3-5 pages) which is firmly placed within the overall project
  • show good cooperative skills and be able to work independently

Experience with computational tools in linguistic research will be viewed favorably. Applicants who have not submitted their PhD thesis for evaluation by the deadline of this call will not be considered for the position.

The applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee, and the review process is administered by the University of Oslo. Interviews may be used for a final ranking of the applicants. Complementary skills and knowledge and geographical distribution may also used as criteria when selecting among the candidates. All applicants are asked to upload the following along with their electronically submitted application (see below):

  • application letter
  • project plan (3-5 pages) including a progression plan
  • list of publications
  • Curriculum Vitae

Scientific papers and other documents may be requested later.

The application letter should specify the order of preference for institutional affiliation. The salary offered will harmonize with the salary level of comparable positions at the employing institution. For the two NorDiaCorp positions the period may be shorter than two years depending on how the available funding may be spent.

As for technicalities regarding submission, all three positions are subject to the specifications in the Norwegian announcement (see above).

All applications should be submitted electronically by following the instructions on this page, by clicking on the link "Søk på stillingen" at the bottom of the page.

For further information about the positions, applicants may contact the project leaders of NorDiaSyn (Janne Bondi Johannessen, UiO) and NorDiaCorp (Øystein A. Vangsnes, UiT).

Contact information:

Janne Bondi Johannessen
The Text Laboratory, ILN,
University of Oslo
P.O.Box 1102 Blindern,
N-0317 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 22 85 68 14,
mob.: +47 928 966 34

Øystein A. Vangsnes
CASTL, Faculty of Humanities
University of Tromsø
NO-9037 Tromsø
Tel: +47-776 45742


Publisert 13. aug. 2010 08:58 - Sist endret 8. feb. 2018 13:59