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Doctoral position in English Linguistics

Published: : 2017-10-03

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Department of English is a well-established research community with scholars working in the fields of English Linguistics, English Literature, and American Literature. Research in English Linguistics at the department focuses primarily on the empirical study of past and present variation and development in the language. Our recent and current research focuses on patterns of structure, meaning and usage in the English language, and variation and change in such patterns influenced by factors such as language-internal features, genre differences, social variables and second-language acquisition. Investigations are carried out within a variety of frameworks, among them corpus linguistics, variationist studies, (historical) sociolinguistics, (historical) pragmatics, manuscript studies, learner English and statistics. Our commitment to empirical studies has led to extensive use of language corpora (text collections and databases), both synchronic and diachronic.

Doctoral students in the Department of English have contributed to the compilation of corpora at the department and have joined national and international networks by attending conferences and summer schools, as well as spending periods as visiting scholars at universities abroad. Recently completed doctoral theses are available online.

We are looking for a dynamic and committed scholar who works well independently and is able to cooperate in and to benefit from the community of researchers working in English Linguistics at the department. Further information about the subject, admission requirements, and the application process are available on the Department of English homepage.

A special entry requirement for admission to the third-cycle study programme in English is that the applicant must meet the requirements for a one-year master degree in English. The Department of English homepage provides further information about the doctoral level-programme in English. Under the headings “Courses/programmes” and “PhD Programme in English”, information is available on the qualifications that are required to apply for the doctoral programme.

Regulations for third-cycle students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1–7; Chapter 6, Sections 25–36; Chapter 7, Sections 34–41, and in the University’s Rules and Regulations at

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting: Available from 1 January 2018

Working hours: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact
Stuart Robertson, Director of Graduate Studies,, tel. +46 (0)18-471 1006 or Lars Hagborg, Senior Faculty Administrator at the Office for Humanities and Social Sciences,, tel. +46 (0)18-471 1907.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-11-08, UFV-PA 2017/3470.

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Placement: Department of English

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed pay

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3470

Last application date: 2017-11-08

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