A new research project funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis (starting date April/May 2019). The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled "The first five words: Multilingual cities in Switzerland and Belgium and the grammar of language choice in public space", with 2 PhD positions in Belgium and 2 PhD positions in Switzerland. The team heading the project is composed of Elwys De Stefani (KU Leuven) and Lorenza Mondada (University of Basel). For the Flemish part of the project, the PhD fellows will be based at KU Leuven (Department of Linguistics).
This project studies how unacquainted persons engage in interaction in public space in multilingual cities in Belgium and Switzerland. The research will be based on video-recordings collected in various locations and address the following questions:
The above questions are crucial for research on linguistic choices, on multilingualism, and on social order. They also address more general issues regarding public space, interaction in urban settings, and the foundations of otherness, trust and sociality in contemporary cities.
Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply. Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees, and a sample piece of academic writing. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2019.
Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 4-5 March (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by mid-March.
The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at KU Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organising workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.
The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Elwys De Stefani, tel.: +32 16 32 47 96, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for this job no later than February 28, 2019 via the online application tool
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