27.5151, FYI: Marie Curie Fellowship at Tromsø

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Subject: 27.5151, FYI: Marie Curie Fellowship at Tromsø

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Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:58:18
From: Tammer Castro [tammer.castro at uit.no]
Subject: Marie Curie Fellowship at Tromsø

 UiT The Arctic University of Norway has established The Arctic MSCA-IF program
to select excellent young researchers planning to submit applications for a
Marie Skƚodowska Curie individual fellowship (MSCA-IF) in order to pursue a
research career (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca). We invite applications from promising
young researchers within the field of Linguistics and Language Acquisition.
The selected candidate will write a proposal for a 24-month MSCA-IF at UiT
together Prof. Marit Westergaard. This is an opportunity to accelerate your
research career while living in the urban research city Tromsø, uniquely
located at the top of the world surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine
wild nature.

This call is one of 36 from pre-selected supervisors at UiT The Arctic
University of Norway through the “Arctic MSCA-IF program”
(uit.no/afu/arcticmsca/supervisors). Successful postdoc candidates will be
invited to Tromsø (travel and accommodation expenses covered) for a two-day
MSCA-IF symposium May 3-4 2017. At this event, the candidates will present
their past research achievements, discuss future plans with their potential
supervisor and learn how to write a successful MSCA-IF application. Together
with the supervisor, the selected candidates will start developing their
MSCA-IF application towards the MSCA-IF deadline September 14th 2017.

In this call we search for talented, young researchers within the field of
Language Acquisition as presented by Prof. Westergaard:

The LAVA research group studies language acquisition, variation and attrition.
A recently funded project, MiMS, focuses on micro-variation in multilingual
situations. Applicants for the advertised MSCA position should propose a
research project that will strengthen and complement the research of the LAVA
group and the MiMS project. For a number of years, the group has worked on
monolingual language acquisition, focusing on linguistic phenomena where there
is variation in the input, e.g. word order variation expressing fine
distinctions in syntax and information structure. In recent years, there has
been an increased focus on variation in a multilingual perspective: bilingual
acquisition (2L1), second/third language acquisition (L2/L3), and heritage
languages. Recent and current research projects in the LAVA group study
language combinations such as Norwegian-English, Norwegian-Russian,
Norwegian-North Sami, Latvian-Russian, Spanish-English-Portuguese, etc. There
is also increasing interest in investigations of two closely related
varieties, e.g. Brazilian-European Portuguese, Norwegian-Swedish, or two
Norwegian dialects.

The work of the LAVA group has a theoretical foundation and the focus is on
the mental grammars of various populations of speakers. The object of study is
syntactic microvariation and the importance of factors such as complexity,
frequency and economy in the acquisition process and in heritage language
situations. The research methodology includes corpora of spontaneous
production and different types of experimental work (production experiments,
eye tracking).

Please send your CV (max 3 pages) and describe a research project that will
strengthen and complement the research of the LAVA group and the MIMS project
(max 2 pages) to ArcticMSCA at uit.no by Feb 3rd 2017.

Additional information:

The applicant must be an experienced researcher; he/she shall, by the time of
the deadline (September 14th 2017), be in possession of a doctoral degree or
have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. The ER
can be of any nationality and shall not have spent more than 12 months in
Norway in the 3 years immediately prior to September 14th 2017. Web site for
additional job details: http://uit.no/afu/arcticmsca

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition



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