Associate Professor in English Linguistics

Aarhus University



The School of Communication and Culture applications for the position of associate professor ( lecturer ) in English linguistics with a specialization in language variation and change, based at the Department of English. 

The appointment is tenured and starts on 14 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

The Position
We are looking for a dedicated colleague with research experience in English language variation and change (regional, social and historical), who are qualified to teach the obligatory courses in English linguistics as well as specialized elective courses in English language variation and change at BA and MA level, and who will strengthen the research and teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally.

The associate professorship includes tasks and responsibilities in all of Aarhus University's core activities in the areas of research, teaching, talent development and knowledge exchange, and may also include some administrative responsibilities such as participation in committees. 

The Department of English prioritises research of the highest international standard and offers numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration. The successful applicant will be expected to publish original peer-reviewed research in English linguistics, making internationally recognized scholarly contributions to the field. The successful applicant will contribute to the research community at the department by participating in new collaborative research projects with internal and external partners, and with a view to securing external research funding. 

Teaching and Supervision
The position includes teaching courses in English language variation and as well as obligatory courses in English linguistics, including phonetics / phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax and pragmatics as well as sociolinguistics and the history of the English language at BA and MA level. Responsibilities also include teaching interdisciplinary courses for students at the Department of English and possibly for other students at the School of Communication and Culture.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach and supervise the department's BA, MA and PhD programs, to apply innovative teaching methods and to contribute to the ongoing development of degree programs and curricula within the field of English linguistics. In this connection, experience of degree program and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions will be an advantage. 
Please indicate in your application which courses you would be able to teach. The current academic regulations for the BA and MA programs in English are available here: 

Bachelor's Degree Program in English 
Master's Degree Program in English 

Talent Development
The successful applicant will be expected to supervise students at both BA and MA level as well as supervising and helping to develop the careers of early-career researchers. The successful applicant will also be expected to recruit and supervise PhD students and participate in the development and implementation of PhD courses within the field. 

Knowledge Exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange, for instance in terms of research collaboration with private companies, government consultancy, collaboration with civil society actors and public dissemination of knowledge. 
The successful applicant will have excellent opportunities to engage in relevant collaborative initiatives with partners inside and outside Aarhus University. 

Applicants must have a PhD degree or must document equivalent qualifications in a relevant field related to English language variation and change as well as teaching and research experience equivalent to that attained through an assistant professorship. Applicants must be able to document, relevant to the position:

  • An internationally oriented research profile documented by a strong international peer-reviewed research publication within language variation and change
  • Teaching and supervision competences and experience at BA and MA level
  • Experience of knowledge exchange
  • Completion of a teacher training program for assistant professors especially designed for university teaching or equivalent qualifications
  • Native or near-native command of English

Furthermore, it will be considered an advantage if applicants can document:

  • Time spent abroad working at one or more internationally recognized research institutions
  • Experience of participation in international research projects as well as national and international research networks
  • Experience of degree programs and curriculum development at universities or similar institutions
  • Experience of applying for external research funding

Applicants are asked to provide a research plan for the next three years as well as stating how they see themselves and the department contributing to future research development within the field. 

Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum eight) will not be considered. 

Work Environment
If the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment.

Active participation in the daily life of the department is a high priority, and we emphasize the importance of good working relationships, both among colleagues and with our students. In order to maintain and develop the department's excellent teaching and research environment, the successful applicant is expected to present at the department on a daily basis. 
The Department of English, the School of Communication and Culture and Aarhus University respect the balance between work and private life and strive to create a work environment in which that balance can be maintained.

All courses on the BA and MA degree programs in English are taught in English. Nevertheless, if the successful applicant does not speak Danish, he or she will be required to acquire sufficient Danish to participate fully in the activities of the School of Communication and Culture within two years of commencing the appointment. 

The Department
For further information, please visit the department's website . 

Professor and Head of Department of Dominic Rainsford: 
School of Communication and Culture
The school belongs to the Faculty of Arts. You will find relevant information about the school and its many activities here on our website.

The School of Communication and Culture offers a broad range of research and degree programs across a variety of fields: literature (s), information and media studies, linguistics, Scandinavian Studies, Western European languages and cultures as well as the arts and aesthetics. Read more about the school's academics . 

Qualification Requirements
Appointment as a lecturer requires scientific qualifications at the PhD level. 

Formalities The application must contain a motivation to apply for the position and be enclosed with a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio, a complete list of published works, relevant exam papers and scientific production (mandatory, but a maximum of a total of 8 works). This material is submitted electronically in connection with the application. 

Unless otherwise stated in the vacancy notice, the application must be made in English. 

All interested parties regardless of personal background are encouraged to apply. 

Shortlisting can be used to select candidates who must move on to an advanced academic evaluation. The selection is made by a committee set up by the head of department. See here for more information on shortlisting at Arts: The 

Faculty of Arts
Arts is one of four main areas at Aarhus University. Arts contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and education. 
With around 500 academic staff, 260 PhD students, 10,500 undergraduate and graduate students and 1,500 post-graduate students, Arts is a strong and diverse research and education environment. 
Arts consists of the Department of Communication and Culture, the Department of Culture and Society, the Danish Institute for Education and Education, the Center for Educational Development and Digital Media. The units each house strong professional environments and form the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The academic environments and programs at Arts are part of international collaborations and have a common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with the surrounding society. 

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Application is sent via Aarhus University's recruitment system, which can be accessed during the vacancy notice on Aarhus University's website.

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