Postdoctoral Fellowship at RCLT

Alexandra Aikhenvald A.Aikhenvald at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Mon Dec 20 06:30:37 UTC 2004








Applications are invited for a three-year Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship in the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology.  This is to
commence on 1st July 2005, or soon thereafter.


Applicants should have been awarded their doctorate within the last five
years.  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 University may consider cases in which the
period is in excess of five years due to special circumstances.
Applications will be considered from candidates whose thesis is
currently under examination.  Applicants must hold a doctoral degree or
have equivalent qualifications at the date of appointment.  La Trobe
graduates should normally have a minimum of two years postdoctoral
research experience at another institution.  A Fellowship will not
normally be awarded to an applicant who holds a permanent appointment
within the University.


The successful applicant will work as part of a team with Professor
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Professor R.M.W. Dixon, and other members of
the Research Centre, on a topic relating to languages preferably from
South America (although applicants with primary interest in another area
would be considered). 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 Aikhenvald
and Dixon.


The Fellowship will be a three-year appointment and is intended to
advance the research activities of the University by bringing to or
retaining in Australia a promising scholar.


Enquiries should be directed initially to the Associate Director of
RCLT, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (email
a.aikhenvald at, phone +61 3 9479 6402). 


Further information and the application form may be obtained from the
RCLT World Wide Web Address


The application must be received by the Secretary of the RCLT Research
Committee, no later than 

11 March 2005.  Applicants should supply the names of three referees who
will be contacted by RCLT. Applicants should also send in hard copies of
their thesis and/or dissertation, and of published work (including
papers in press).


Salary Range:           A$52,853 pa. - A$56,734 pa.  Closing Date:
11 March 2005. 

La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides a
smoke-free work environment.




Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, FAHA

Associate Director

Research Centre for Linguistic Typology

Institute for Advanced Study

La Trobe University

Victoria 3086



ph: +61-3-9479 6402 University

      +61-3-9467 3079 University

      +61-3-9455 0020  Home


Fax: +61-3-9467 3053


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