PhD Position in linguistics/psycholinguistics, Norway

Study in:Norway
Deadline: 4 November 2017

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PhD Position in linguistics/psycholinguistics

The Department of Language and Literature at NTNU: the Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year PhD position in linguistics/psycholinguistics starting in 2018.

The Department
The Department of Language and Literature is part of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU’s Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The Department has more than 80 permanent academic staff and about 25 PhD candidates. The Department of Language and Literature offers studies on all levels from BA to PhD. The department has a lively research environment, with several research groups and labs. Information on the academic profile of the department, management and staff can be found at

The Lab
The current position is affiliated with the ØyeLab, run by Associate Professor Dave Kush  ( Ongoing research in the lab focuses on three main topics: (i) the use of grammatical knowledge in sentence processing, (ii) cross-linguistic variation (broadly construed), and (iii) models of acquisition. The lab has an SR Research EyeLink 1000 eye-tracker and a number of personal computers suitable for behavioural testing. The Language Acquisition and Language Processing lab ( in the Department also has a state-of-the art 64-channel EEG, which can be made available for use. The ØyeLab is also part of the research group on Acquisition, Variation and Attrition (AcqVA), more information here: (

The position
We are seeking candidates with interests in sentence processing and/or experimental/computational approaches to acquisition or linguistic variation. Candidates should have a background in linguistics, cognitive science, or a related field. Prior laboratory experience is not strictly mandatory, but applicants with prior experience will be given priority. Although knowledge of Norwegian is not a prerequisite, those applicants with proficiency in, and a desire to study, the language will also receive priority.

The successful candidate will be a member of the PhD program in language and linguistics at NTNU (see this page for more information: NTNU is also a member of the Norwegian Graduate Research School in Linguistics and Philology (LingPhil), which offers a range of PhD courses available to all members (see for more information).

Main tasks
The successful applicant will

  • complete the PhD studies within the period of the employment
  • participate in and complete the PhD programme within the period of the appointment. The Faculty of Humanities hosts 4 PhD programmes (Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Humanities and the Arts, Language and Linguistics and Historical and Cultural Studies). The disciplines that are included in these programmes can be found under the respective programmes:
  • design and execute a series of experiments in close collaboration with Associate Professor Kush;
  • broaden their knowledge base and skillset via graduate level coursework offered at NTNU and external seminars/courses;
  • participate in research groups and activities that contribute to a vibrant research community at NTNU;
  • participate in workshops and conferences, both nationally and internationally

The successful applicant must

  • have a masters degree linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, or equivalent, with a strong academic record. This includes a weighted average grade of B or higher in terms of NTNU’s grading scale for the last two years of their master’s.

Preference will be given to applicants that

  • have some degree of prior experience with experimental design (broadly construed), behavioral methods such as eye-tracking, or computational modelling;
  • possess working proficiency or native knowledge of Norwegian/a related Scandinavian language paired with a desire to work on said language.

Applications must be marked with the file number for the position HF 17-045 and submitted electronically through the website Jobbnorge ( Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The application must further include:

  • a letter of application outling your motivation for the position;
  • a 5-page project proposal containing an outline of a research project or an idea for a project to be developed further after selection;
  • a CV (including information about education, training and previous employment);
  • the names and addresses of three referees;
  • certified copies of certificates and diplomas;

Applicants who are considered for the position, may be asked for references and will be called in for an interview.

Terms of appointment

The positions are remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436 900,- annually (2017), of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

Preferred starting date is January 15, 2018. Workplace is NTNU Dragvoll, Trondheim.

The appointment will be made in accordance with regulations for fellowship appointments at universities, and with regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties. It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit persons with a diverse background. Candidates who fit the latter description are encouraged to apply. You may request to have your name withheld from public access. If you wish to do so, you must explain why your application should be treated as confidential. If you request that your name be withheld from public access, your request will be considered in relation to the Open File Act § 25. If your request to have your name kept from public access is denied, you will be so informed and you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application.

For further information
Contact Associate Professor. Dave Kush ( Questions about the application process can be directed to HR advisor Åse Marit Skarholt (email:

The application deadline is November 4, 2017.

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