PostDoc at RCLT

Alexandra Aikhenvald A.Aikhenvald at LATROBE.EDU.AU
Tue Nov 14 06:57:47 UTC 2006

dear Tim

could you advertise the following?





Applications are invited for a three-year Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship in the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology.  This is to
commence within six months from the date of offer.

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
R.M.W. Dixon, Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, and other members of
the Research Centre, on a topic relating to languages preferably from
South America or New Guinea (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. Exceptionally, applicants may suggest
their own research topics, which must fall within the ambit of RCLT's
research profile. 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.  For more information on our activities please see 

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). 

The Application Form and Conditions of Award may be obtained from: 

Please send all applications to:
Ms Siew-Peng Condon 
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086

The application must be received by 29 September 2006. Applicants should
supply the names and addresses of three academic referees; they should
ask each referee to provide a confidential statement, to reach the RCLT
Research Office directly by 29 September 2006. Applicants should also
send in hard copies of their theses and/or dissertations, and of
published work (including papers in press).

Salary Range:	A$56,077 pa. - A$60,194 pa Closing Date: 29 September
La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides a
smoke-free work environment.

Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald, PhD, DLitt, FAHA
Associate Director and Postgraduate Coordinator
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086
Tel: 61-(0)3-9479 6402
Fax: 61-(0)3-9467 3053 
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