Job at RCLT

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald a.aikhenvald at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Wed Dec 6 01:35:20 UTC 2000

Research Centre for Linguistic TypologyInstitute for Advanced Study 
AUSTRALIA  TELEPHONE: +61 3 9467 3128
FACSIMILE: +61 3 9467 3053

email: linguistic.typology at

Three Year Research Fellowship (Level A)
This position attracts a remuneration package of $39,815 to $54,031 per
annum which includes 17% superannuation with a salary component of $34,030
to $46,181 per annum

Applications are invited for a three-year Research Fellowship in the
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology. This is to commence between 1
March and 1 July 2001.

Applicants should have a PhD in linguistics or be close to the award of a
PhD (they will have to have submitted their dissertation before taking up
this position).  They should have experience of linguistic fieldwork and
will, ideally, have already completed a grammatical description of some
previously undescribed language (not their native language) in terms of
basic linguistic theory.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team with Professor R.M.W.
Dixon, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and other members of the Research
Centre, on a topic relating to languages from (a) South America, or (b) the
New Guinea region (primarily relating to Papuan languages), or (c)
Aboriginal Australia. They will undertake extensive fieldwork and will
either (i) produce a comprehensive description of some previously
undescribed language; or (ii) pursue an in-depth study of a language
contact situation. Option (ii) will be suitable for someone who already has
good knowledge of one or more of the languages involved in a suitable
contact situation.  The choice of project will be made after discussion
between the successful applicant and Professors Dixon and Aikhenvald.
The Research Centre for Linguistic Typology consists, at any one time, of
about twenty scholars, working on a variety of languages.  Besides the
permanent staff we have an array of Research Fellows and PhD students; each
year a number of senior scholars from across the world spend from three to
six months with us as Visiting Fellows.  Our personnel this year includes
specialists on spoken languages from the following families and areas:
Uto-Aztecan, Siouan, Arawak, Araw√°, Barbacoan, Macro-Je, Indo-European,
Afroasiatic, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Tibeto-Burman, Papuan, Austronesian
and Australian, in addition to sign languages.

RCLT works in close cooperation with the Department of Linguistics in La
Trobe University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which has a
full program of teaching and research. Faculty members in the department
are: Professor Barry Blake, Associate Professor David Bradley, Associate
Professor Kate Burridge and Dr Hilary Chappell. The university library has
an excellent collection in linguistics and related fields.

Salary will be at step 6 on the Academic Level A scale, $43,022 per annum.
An allowance will be made to cover travelling expenses to Melbourne at the
beginning of the period of employment.  A suitable allowance will be made
to cover the expenses of linguistic fieldwork 

Further information about RCLT will be found at our website: Prospective applicants are invited to
write to us at linguistic.typology at if they have any queries.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:  	Applications should be marked Private and
Confidential and forwarded to:
		Office of the Director (Personnel)
		La Trobe University
		Victoria 3086


Applications should address the selection criteria and include a curriculum
vitae, list of publications, and the names of three referees (plus
addresses, e-mail addresses, phone and fax numbers).  A copy of the
application should also be sent direct to Ms Siew Peng Condon, Executive
Officer, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University,
Victoria 3086, Australia. 


CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Tuesday 23 January 2001 
(Turn page over for Selection criteria)
Selection Criteria

1. 	Thorough professional training in linguistics, with special reference
to language description and linguistic typology.

2. 	Applicants should either already have a PhD or be in the final stages
of a Doctoral Program (the dissertation must be submitted before taking up
the appointment), with their dissertation dealing with a topic in
descriptive linguistics in terms of basic linguistic theory (not in terms
of any non-basic formalism).

3. 	Ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team.

4. 	Ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time.

5.	Ideally, to have produced a description of a language, preferably (a) a
language for which there had previously been no good description; and (b) a
language other than that of which they are native speaker.

6. 	Ideally, some training in anthropology.

7.	Knowledge of Spanish and/or German will be an advantage.

Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Associate Director
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
Institute for Advanced Study
La Trobe University
Bundoora, Vic
Australia 3083

e-mail a.aikhenvald at

phone: 	61-(0)3-9467-3079 Uni
	61-(0)3-9455-0020 home

fax 	61-(0)3-9467-3053

Administrator: 61-(0)3-9467-3128

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