[PLing] Position in African Linguistics at the University of Vienna

Adams Bodomo adams.bodomo at univie.ac.at
Thu Dec 4 12:34:56 CET 2014

At the University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.400 members of staff, more than 90.000 students)  the position of a


University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of African Studies

is vacant. 

Identification number of advertisement: 5444

The discipline of African Studies belongs to the field of Area Studies. It focusses on the study of African societies, history, languages, and bodies of literature.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in African languages and literatures.

Duration of contract: 6 years

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
On top of this relevant chargeable work experience determines the assessment to a particular salary grade.

 Areas of work: 
- Participation in research, teaching and administration
- Participation in research projects 
- (International) publishing and presentation activities 
- Project application and (external) fundraising
- Preparation /Finalization of a (publishable) habilitation
- Holding classes in accordance with regulations of wage agreement
- Examination activities
- Support of students
- Participation in evaluation activities and in quality assurance
- Participation in administration of the department

- PhD in the field Linguistics or a related discipline / with focus on African language structures and situations. 

- Minimum requirements: formal linguistics.

The main area of specialization should be descriptive and formal/theoretical linguistics. Preference will be given to candidates who work on Lexical-Functional Grammar, Minimalism, or related formal frameworks, as the successful candidate will be required as part of his/her teaching and research duties to work closely with Principal Investigators who have teaching programmes and research projects analyzing language in these frameworks.

- Additional requirements: Candidates should have a secondary specialization in one of the following areas: (a) African language literature (linguistic analysis, description, and digitization of poems, novels, songs, enchantments, and any other literary corpora produced in African languages); or (b) African diaspora studies: the study of linguistic repertoires, hybrid linguistic and communication systems, and literary and other artistic forms of expressions in African communities outside Africa.

- Knowledge of principles of teaching
- High command of written and oral language
- Computer literacy 
- Foreign languages, specialist knowledge of at least one African language 
- Ability to work in teams

 - Knowledge of university structures and processes

Your application should include the following documents:

- Letter of intent
- Scientific CV
- List of publications 
- Draft of research interests / habilitation project 
- 2 Reference letters

 Research fields:

Main research field 
Special research fields 


Linguistics and Literature 
 General language studies  MUST  


Educational institution 
Educational level 

Special subject 


 Humanities  -  MUST  


Language level 


 Basic knowledge  SHOULD  

 Excellent knowledge  MUST  


Type of computer skills 
Specified computer skills  


Basic Knowledge 
 MS Office  MUST  

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 17.12.2014, mentioning reference number 5444.

 For further information please contact Bodomo, Adams +43-1-4277-43214. 

 The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.

 Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Identification number of advertisement: 5444
E-Mail: jobcenter at univie.ac.at

Prof. Dr. Adams Bodomo,
Professor of African Studies (Chair of Languages and Literatures),
University of Vienna, African Studies Department
Spitalgasse 2, Court 5.1
1090 Vienna, AUSTRIA

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