One Post-doctoral Research Fellowship within Linguistics (Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian) is available in the Department of Language and Culture at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The position is affiliated with the CLEAR research group, Cognitive Linguistics: Empirical Approaches to Russian.
The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of three years.

The Post-doctoral Research Fellowship aims to qualify the researcher for work in senior academic positions. A candidate may not be appointed to more than one fixed term position as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The position’s field of research/research project and other duties
This position is connected to the In and Out of Context project at UiT. This position will use corpus data, experiments, and machine learning to ferret out and model the way that native speakers use context to select aspect. This will begin with deep analysis of a series of contexts that have been established in an experiment carried out in the CLEAR group that has normed the reactions of native speakers to the choice of aspect in authentic contexts. The ultimate goal is to derive new knowledge that can be implemented in research-based teaching materials, such as the Russian Constructicon and the Strategic Mastery of Russian Word Forms Tool (SMARTool). This position will focus primarily on verbs and their aspect in Russian grammatical constructions and how these can be represented in the Russian Constructicon and the SMARTool.

Worth of Award

  • The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.
  • A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


  • The position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in Russian Linguistics or another relevant field or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is a requirement, as well as academic proficiency in English. Priority will be given to candidates with background and/or publications in cognitive linguistics and/or proficiency in computational linguistics.
  • The applicant must provide a project proposal with a progress plan for the project’s main activities. It is a prerequisite that the applicant will be able to complete the project within the period of employment.
  • In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal for the qualifying work. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination and academic policy and administrative activity.
  • Personal suitability will be emphasised.

Working conditions

  • The working hours are reserved for research, research related activities and research administration.
  • The successful candidate must be willing to engage him/herself in the ongoing development of their discipline and the university as a whole.
  • The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.
  • A compulsory contribution of 2% to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

How to Apply
The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on and shall include:

  • letter of application
  • project description
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • diplomas and references
  • list of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information:
    • author(s), the work’s title
    • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
  • up to ten works that are central to the applicant’s academic production. The applicant’s PhD thesis should be submitted as one of these works.

Additionally, the applicant should provide a description of his/her academic production, indicating which works are the most relevant in relation to the announced position, and therefore should be emphasised in the assessment. The remaining listed works should be described briefly in order to demonstrate the depth of the production. The descriptions should be attached to the application.
For further information about the position (and the project), please contact please contact Professor Laura A. Janda, e-mail: [email protected] or Head of Department Eystein Dahl, phone +47 77 64 42 90, e-mail: [email protected]

Deadline: applications close August 23rd, 2018

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