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PhD Candidate in Linguistics, Multilingualism, Language studies – NTNU, Norway, 2022

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

The PhD position is funded by the research Council of Norway and is associated with the research project CLIMA Cross-linguistic influence in multilingual acquisition, at NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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General Info

Position: PhD Candidate
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of Language and Literature
NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Trondheim, ,

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Qualification Details

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in Linguistics, Multilingualism, language studies or another relevant field. Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Advanced oral and written proficiency in Spanish, German, or French.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the Doctoral Program in Language and Linguistics.

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.

The CLIMA project is a joint project between NTNU and UiO. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the other researchers in the CLIMA project, and in particular with the PhD candidate at UiO. In the hiring process for both PhD positions we will seek to hire candidates with complementary competence.

Applicants must provide a general contextualizing statement/proposal (maximum 3 pages), detailing how they plan to contribute to the research done in Work Package 2 of the CLIMA project.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with previous research within language acquisition or multilingualism
  • Experience with research on Spanish, German, or French
  • Experience with relevant methodologies

Responsibilities/Job Description

The advertised position is connected primarily to Work Package 2 German, French or Spanish as L3. WP2 has a particular responsibility for the investigation of methodological issues in L3A, with a focus on triangulating methods and investigating possible associations between task types and results.  Participants in this WP will be adult learners of L3 German, French or Spanish with L1 Norwegian and L2 English. They will be recruited from Foreign language study programmes at universities in Norway, or from language courses at other public or private institutions (e.g., Folkeuniversitetet), and will be tested both in L3 and L2 using a battery of different methodologies.

The successful candidate is expected to work closely with the PhD candidate hired at UiO (WP1: Norwegian as L3). Both candidates will also contribute to WP3: Prior language knowledge in third language acquisition

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Documents Required

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Contextualizing statement/proposal (max 3 pages), detailing how the candidate plans to contribute to the research done in Work Package 2 of the CLIMA project
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and address of three referees

About the Project

Acquiring multiple languages is extremely common. CLIMA addresses gaps in research on multilingualism concerning the role of cross-linguistic influence (CLI) and learner-internal factors in third language acquisition (L3A). An ongoing debate addresses the question of how previously learned languages affect acquisition of the grammar of an L3, and of the source and nature of CLI on morphosyntactic structures in L3A. Research within CLIMA is organized in 3 work packages. Work Package 1: Norwegian as L3, Work Package 2: German, French or Spanish as L3, and Work Package 3: Prior language knowledge in L3 acquisition.

CLIMA investigates L3A of word order, specifically placement of finite verbs, which is central to language competence. Verb placement has been studied previously in L3A research, but different studies have found contradictory evidence with respect to CLI over the course of acquisition. CLIMA focuses on participants with systematically different combinations of first, second, and third language. Participants in Work Package 1 have Spanish, French or German as L1, English as L2, and Norwegian as L3, while participants in Work Package 2 are L1 speakers of Norwegian with L2 English and French, Spanish or German as L3. These languages differ systematically with regard to verb placement, and CLIMA investigates the influence of these linguistic differences. The project also has a strong focus on learner-internal factors and on the properties of prior language knowledge, both in terms of second-language proficiency and use, and of metalinguistic knowledge (Work Package 2). We furthermore ask whether the previous inconclusive results within research on L3 acquisition of verb placement may in part be due to methodological differences; CLIMA has a particular focus on methodology and triangulates experimental methods to avoid an unwanted association between methods and outcomes. CLIMA will contribute to our understanding of the human language learning capacity in general and of multilingualism in particular, as well as for additional language learning and teaching.

About the Department

We conduct research and teaching in comparative literature, English, French, Spanish, German, Scandinavian studies, linguistics, phonetics, applied linguistics, sign language and interpreting, and cultural history. We are also responsible for the five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in language subjects. The Department has an active research environment with responsibility for several large research projects. The Department of Language and Literature is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Humanities.

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Note or Other details

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 3 years. Candidates with relevant competence may have the opportunity to teach on the Department's undergraduate programs, with a corresponding extension to their contract.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the Doctoral Program in Language and Linguistics within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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Contact details

Associate professor Anne Dahl (leader of CLIMA):

Associate professor Kjersti Listhaug (PI of Work Package 2):

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR consultant Kristian Arne Iversen:

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