Postdoctoral Position in South Slavonic Sociolinguistics, University of Helsinki, Deadline: April 30

The Department of Modern Languages of the University of Helsinki is offering a position for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN SOUTH SLAVONIC SOCIOLINGUISTICS

for a fixed term from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2012.

The aim of the postdoctoral researcher position is to encourage a talented, recently graduated doctoral degree holder to seek further qualifications and become an independent professional researcher in South Slavonic sociolinguistics, dialectology, and the sociology of language. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include research according to the research plan submitted by the applicant, participation in the work of the research project and in the supervision of theses in the field, and teaching related to the appointee s specialisation. Teaching duties account for no more than 5% of the appointee s working hours.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work as well as the teaching skills required by the position.

When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to the quality of the published studies in South Slavonic linguistics, especially sociolinguistic and dialectology, and the quality of the research plan submitted.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, postdoctoral researchers are required to be competent in the language in which they provide instruction, in other words, Finnish or Swedish. They must have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in both languages. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens, or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish, may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary range will be between 2,636 and 3,857 euros per month depending on the qualifications and previous experience of the appointee.

To apply, please send a letter describing your interests (also with respect to this particular position) and qualifications, a CV (including a publication list), a two-year research plan, and contact information for two references (who have agreed to provide a letter of reference) to the Department of Modern Languages, Professor Jouko Lindstedt, P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B), FI 00014 University of Helsinki. Applications can also be submitted by e-mail to the address nykykielet-toimisto@helsinki.fi. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2010 at 15:45 hours local Helsinki time.

Additional information is available from Professor Jouko Lindstedt, jouko.lindstedt@helsinki.fi.

Helsinki, 22 March 2010
University of Helsinki Central Administration

www.helsinki.fi/university

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