Postdoctoral positions open

Alexandra Aikhenvald a.y.aikhenvald at LIVE.COM
Thu Feb 26 21:19:11 UTC 2009

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Anthropological Linguistics (Two Positions) - Ref. No. 9037CAIRNSApplications are invited for two three year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the Cairns Institute to work as part of a team headed by Professor Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Professor R.M.W. Dixon, within the framework of their joint project ‘World through the prism of language: a cross-linguistic view of genders, noun classes and classifiers’.Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent qualification, preferably awarded within the last five years. Cases in which the period since the award of the doctorate is in excess of five years may also be considered, as will applications from candidates whose thesis is currently under examination. Experience of linguistic fieldwork is required and ideally the appointee will have already completed a grammatical description of a language that has not previously been described (not their native language) in terms of basic linguistic theory. A Fellowship will not normally be awarded to an applicant who already holds an appointment within the University. Ideally, we are seeking to make one appointment to work on a language from South America with the other to work on a language from New Guinea. However applicants with primary interest in another area will be considered. The appointees will be required to undertake extensive fieldwork and will produce a comprehensive description of a previously undescribed language. It is essential that prospective applicants contact Professor Aikhenvald, atSasha.Aikhenvald at jcu, (or by phone, 61-(0)7-40421117, 0400305315). Employment Type: Appointment will be full-time for a fixed-term from 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2012 subject to a probationary period.Salary: Academic Level A - $59,478 - $63,733 per annum or Academic Level B - $67,009 - $79,289 per annum. Benefits include generous employer superannuation contribution and attractive options for salary packaging. Level of appointment and commencing salary will be in accordance with qualifications and experience.Applicants must follow the Method of Application procedures (including systematically addressing the Selection Criteria). Further information is available at or by contacting the Recruitment Officer, Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences telephone: (07) 4781 6207; e-mail renee.joyce at
Applications close on 27 March 2009.
Apologies for multiple postings.
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, PhD, DLitt, FAHA
Professor and Research Leader (Peoples and Societies of the Tropics)
The Cairns Institute 

James Cook University
PO Box 6811
Queensland 4870

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