WG: Funded PhD position: Analysis of (academic) discourse in the SSH, Warwick, UK

Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at lancaster.ac.uk
Wed Dec 18 21:13:00 UTC 2013


PhD Research Studentship, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Project Title: Analysis of (academic) discourse in the SSH

Start date: October 2014 (subject to negotiation)

The DISCONEX research group "The Discursive Construction of Academic Excellence. Classifying Academic Researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities", led by Professor Johannes Angermuller (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick) is looking for candidates for a funded PhD position at the crossroads of language and society. Against a background in linguistics and sociology, DISCONEX studies academic discourse as a positioning and classifying practice of researchers, their everyday practices and tacit knowledges in the social sciences and humanities. By having recourse to qualitative methods and constructivist theories in social research, the group places a particular emphasis on the social uses of academic publications in view of qualitative approaches to "academic excellence" (for more details http://www.johannes-angermuller.net/DISCONEX, another stipend will be available from the French partner institution, CEMS/EHESS, Paris). The PhD projects will be in the domain of the Social Sciences and Humanities Studies and should focus on the discursive and social dynamics among researchers in the SSH (except economics) in the English-speaking and possibly French- or German-speaking worlds. The group will offer a vibrant intellectual atmosphere in an international setting.

Awards available:  1 stipend available

Funding Details:
The scholarship will pay an annual stipend (beginning at £13,726). Funding may be available for student fees, subject to eligibility.

Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Eligibility: Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants.

Conditions of application

  1.  PhD project on one of the domains of the DISCONEX project under the supervision of Johannes Angermuller. A short presentation of DISCONEX can be found on the web site (http://www.johannes-angermuller.net/DISCONEX). We do not study teaching-related discourse.
  2.  The successful applicant who is offerend the DISCONEX studentship will subsequently need to submit a separate online application for PhD study to Warwick's Graduate School.

Required competencies

  1.  Candidates should have a Master's (or equivalent), obtained before September 2014 e.g. in discourse analysis, pragmatics, linguistics. Applications from adjacent backgrounds such as qualitative social research, communication, Science and Technology Studies and / or sociology of science are welcome.
  2.  Candidates should be familiar with at least one of the following academic systems: U.S., France, Germany, UK.
  3.  Strong research orientation, international experience and interest in collaborative research.
  4.  Contribution to project-related tasks such as data collection (interviews, documents, participant observation etc.) and analysis (written and oral discourse), workshops, conferences, publication of results.
  5.  Participation in the activities of the DiscourseNet network (http://www.discourseanalysis.net<http://www.discourseanalysis.net/>)
  6.  Excellent command of English, preferably of German and French as well.

Required documents

  1.  Motivation letter laying out the reasons for applying to the DISCONEX group
  2.  Research project (ca. 5 pages) with preliminary or developed ideas about the state of the research, research question, research object and method. The quality of the proposal will be crucial for selecting the applicants.
  3.  Curriculum vitae
  4.  Two reference letters may be requested from academic teachers
  5.  Copies of diplomas and grades
  6.  The application documents are sent in a single pdf file by mail to Ronny Scholz.


Johannes Angermuller (DISCONEX research group director, J.Angermuller at warwick.ac.uk<mailto:J.Angermuller at warwick.ac.uk>)
Ronny Scholz (DISCONEX project manager, disconex at warwick.ac.uk<mailto:disconex at warwick.ac.uk>)
Please have a look at the project news on the project webpage before contacting us (http://www.johannes-angermuller.net/DISCONEX).

Please try to send in your application by the 15th of April 2014.

Travel costs for the interview cannot be reclaimed. Researchers on all levels interested in DISCONEX are welcome to get in touch with Johannes at this or later stages and to attend the workshops<http://johannes-angermuller.net/english/teaching/aktuell.html> and DiscourseNet<http://www.discourseanalysis.net/> activities.

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