Postdoc Position in Linguistics at the Department of Language and Literature

Trondheim, Norway
24 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department of Language and Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year postdoc position within the research group AcqVA (Acquistion, Variation & Attrition).

The Department

The Department of Language and Literature (ISL) is part of the Faculty of Humanities, situated at Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The Department has more than 80 permanent academic staff and approximately 20 PhD candidates who teach and conduct research in areas such as Comparative Literature, Applied Linguistics, English, French, German, Scandinavian languages and literature, General Linguistics, Sign Language and Interpretation Phonetics, and Cultural History. The Department of Language and Literature offers studies on all levels from BA to Ph.D., and we are responsible for the MA in Language Studies with Teacher Education.  The department has a vital research environment and is responsible for several large-scale research projects. Further information concerning the academic profile of the department, management and staff can be found at

The AcqVA group ( 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 18 researchers, including 3 professors, 4 associate professors, 1 postdoc, 8 PhD candidates, and 1 20% adjunct professor. The group is currently in the process of recruiting a new Phd candidate. The group members are involved in a number 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 change under condi­tions of reduced input and use.

In Trondheim, research has centered around understanding variation in closely related varieties. The main focus to date has been on various aspects of language variation, heritage grammars (in particular word order and code switching/language mixing) and increasingly on language acquisition, including L2 and some emerging work on L3. In addition, members now also work on sentence processing of several different phenomena. The group actively uses a range of different methodologies in studying mental grammars (acceptability judgments, corpora, eye-tracking). The ØyeLab run by Associate Professor Dave Kush is part of AcqVA’s research infrastructure and has an SR Research EyeLink 1000 eye-tracker and a number of personal computers suitable for behavioral testing. In terms of languages, the main focus is on varieties of Norwegian and English, but work also covers Hindi-Urdu, Dakkhini and Telugu. The advertised postdoc position opens up for research projects on the same or other relevant language or dialect combinations.

Main Tasks

  • to research and write journal articles relating to the main themes of the chosen candidate’s research project
  • to help organize the activities of the research group
  • to help develop an online presence for the research group

The postdoc will also be involved in coordinating the activities of the research group. Among others, this includes organizing weekly lunch seminars.


The position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in Linguistics or another relevant field or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

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.

In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal for the qualifying work. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination and academic policy and administrative activity.

Personal suitability will be emphasized.

How to Apply?

The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge, and be marked with the file number for the position (HF 17-056).

The application must contain information about education, exams and previous employment. The application must further include:

  • a research proposal of maximum 5 pages containing research questions, theoretical background, methodology and a plan for the 3-year period. The project proposal should strengthen and complement the research profile of the AcqVA group.
  • CV
  • a list of all relevant publications indicating which works are the most relevant in relation to the announced position
  • certified copies of certificates and testimonials
  • up to five works that are central to the applicant’s academic production.

Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Applicants that are considered for the position will be asked for references and invited to an interview.

Terms of appointment

The position of postdoctoral fellow is placed within code 1198 of the State salary regulations, and is remunerated according to salary level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 490.500 – per year. Two percent of the gross salary is deducted and paid into the State Pension scheme.

Preferred start up is autumn 2018. Work place is NTNU Dragvoll, Trondheim.

The person appointed will be required to abide by the regulations that govern changes and developments within the discipline, and to follow the requirements of all organizational changes that decisions relating to the university's activities may involve.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

It is policy within the state sector that employees should come from backgrounds that reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the population at large. The state has accordingly set the goal of a workforce whose composition reflects that of the population at large with regard to age and gender. It has also set itself the goal of recruiting employees with an immigrant background, and such individuals are encouraged to apply for this post.

You may request to have your name withheld from public access. If you wish to do so, you must explain why your application should be treated as confidential. If you request that your name be withheld from public access, your request will be considered in relation to the Open File Act § 25. If your request to have your name kept from public access is denied, you will be so informed and you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application.

For further information

For further information about the position and the AcqVA research group, please contact Professor Terje Lohndal ( Questions about the application process can be directed to HR advisor Hege Tverå Nilsson (email:

Application deadline is February 1, 2018.