Universität Bern
Bern, Switzerland
vor 15 Std.

The Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern invites applications for a 2-year full-time (100%) early postdoctoral researcher position, to begin on 1 February 2021.

Tasks The successful candidate will work with CSLS Director, Professor Erez Levon, to collaboratively design and conduct research on language variation, (elite) social class and embodiment in Europe.

The specific language / location to be researched will be determined once the successful candidate has been appointed; preference will be given to candidates who can conduct fieldwork and variationist analysis in a language other than English.

In addition to research work, the successful candidate will also be expected to teach 1-2 MA courses per semester (2-4 hours / week) and to contribute to the life of the CSLS in a more general way, for instance by undertaking appropriate administrative duties.

Requirements Applicants must have obtained a doctoral degree in sociolinguistics or a closely related field within three years prior to the start of employment.

Expertise in sociolinguistic fieldwork and (quantitative) variationist methods is essential, including the use of relevant software (e.

g., ELAN, Praat, R). Evidence of an existing research interest in language and social class, language and embodiment and / or language and social meaning is highly desirable, as is experience with teaching and project management.

For research collaboration and publication purposes, candidates should have an excellent command of written and spoken English.

Teaching in the CSLS can take place in English, German or French. The administrative language of the University is German and Bern is a (Swiss)German-speaking city.

Candidates who do not already have competence in German should be prepared to acquire functional German after arrival. We offer The position is full-time for 2 years, from 1 February 2021 - 31 January 2023.

The salary for the first year is 87'925.50 CHF (approximately 81'000 EUR / 95'000 USD). For the second year, the salary is subject to a modest rise, in accordance with local government policy.

The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer. Women and candidates from marginalised backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application materials should be sent via email as a single PDF document to Professor Erez Levon (erez.levon by Friday 23 October 2020.

Interviews (online) will take place shortly thereafter.

Application dossiers should include :

  • A cover letter describing your prior qualifications and experience, including your interest in the stated research themes (variation, social class, embodiment)
  • A current CV, including a list of publications
  • Transcripts of prior qualifications (MA and PhD)
  • A representative writing sample (e.g., publication, thesis chapter)
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees (letters not required)
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