From: Sharon Unsworth <s.unsworthuu.nl>
Subject: Dutch;English & Child Second Language Acquisition: PhD Student, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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Institution/Organization: Utrecht University
Department: Utrecht institute of Linguistics
Web Address: http://applicaties.csc.uu.nl/uuvacature/detail.cfm?export=0&id=2733&taal=Engels
Job Rank: PhD
Specialty Areas: Language Acquisition
Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)
The current opening is for: Ph.D. project 'Investigating Early English in Dutch
primary schools' (vacancy number 68907; preferable starting date 1-9-2009).
This Ph.D. position investigates the acquisition of English in the Dutch primary
classroom. More specifically, its goal is to determine the extent to which the
quantity and quality of the input to which children are exposed as part of early
English programmes (VVTO in Dutch) has a direct effect on their linguistic
proficiency. It will involve a longitudinal study of the morphosyntactic and
lexical development of several groups of children who systematically differ in
terms of input quantity (number of hours per week) and quality (linguistic
proficiency of the teacher).
A full description of the project is available at
http://www.let.uu.nl/~Sharon.Unsworth/personal/AiO.html. As part of his/her
training, the Ph.D. student will follow courses offered at the LOT schools.
Qualifications: We are looking for an ambitious student who is willing and able
to work in a team consisting of linguists and language teachers. The candidate
must have an M.A. degree in hand one month before the starting date. Specific
requirements are: An M.A. degree in linguistics, education or psycholinguistics
(either with a heavy focus on language/linguistics). Candidate should have a
working knowledge of Dutch and near-native English.
Terms of employment: The successful candidate is offered a one-year employment
contract as Ph.D. ("Assistant in Opleiding, or AiO" research trainee) with the
possibility of renewal with three years maximum, after evaluation. The Ph.D.
will receive a gross monthly salary of 2,042.- Euro during the first year and
increasing to 2.612.- Euro in the fourth year on a fulltime basis. The Ph.D. will
be offered the opportunity to participate in the 'Academic Professionalism'
scheme, which involves coaching and courses in general skills. We also offer a
pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, a end-of-year allowance of
8,3 % and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective
Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. A complementary teaching
contract in the English department might be available. UiL-OTS features a
stimulating, innovative, and internationally oriented research environment which
offers opportunities for a broad professional development. Courses are offered
by internationally renowned experts, while possibilities for conference visits
are plentiful. We offer excellent experimental facilities and computational support.
Applications should include:
(1) a letter of motivation;
(2) a curriculum vitae including contact and personal details;
(3) transcripts of academic results;
(4) an MA thesis or (if the thesis is not available yet) some alternative piece
of written work;
(5) the contact details of two referees (names, affiliations and phone numbers
or e-mail addresses);
(6) preferably: two reference letters.
E-mail applications in pdf or doc format should be sent to;
Humanitiesjobs.gwuu.nl, and should specify the applicant's name and the vacancy
number 68907 in the topic as well as the message text. Please also include a
list of attachments in the message, and specify your name in the filename and
text of each attachment. E-mail applications have our preference.
Hard copy applications (or partial applications) should be sent to the Personnel
Department, attn. Ms Marlies Kluver, Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht,
Please refer to the vacancy number 68907 as well as to the website where you
found this advertisement.
Interviews are planned during the week starting Monday, June 1, 2009.
Applications Deadline: 01-May-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Ms. Marlies Kluver
Kromme Nieuwegracht 46
Utrecht Utrecht 3512HJ
Dr. Sharon Unsworth
Phone:+31 30 2531729
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