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The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) invites applications for a PhD position at the Faculty of Humanities, tenable from 1 September 2020 (4 years, 1 FTE). Deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.

ACLC is one of the six research schools/institutes under the aegis of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR). Each research school/institute covers an important research area within the faculty and has its own research programme. Research schools are the home base for PhD candidates, who interact with each other and with senior members in the research groups that make up the research school (for ACLC’s research groups, see our website).

The ACLC is home to more than 75 researchers and 40 PhD candidates, representing an inclusive research environment in which linguists with different theoretical convictions collaborate in combining multiple sources of evidence.

What are you going to do?

Tasks will include:

  • completion and defence of a PhD thesis within the contract period;
  • regular presentation of intermediate research results at workshops and conferences;
  • participation in the Faculty of Humanities PhD training programme;
  • teaching courses at BA-level in the 2nd and 3rd year of the contract (0,2 FTE per year).

What do we ask of you?

  • A completed Master’s degree in a field relevant to the proposed PhD project and the research areas of the ACLC. You may apply if you have not yet completed your Master's degree only if you provide a signed letter from your supervisor stating that you will graduate before 1 September 2020;
  • excellent command of English and relevant research languages.
  • excellent research skills.

Our offer

The PhD candidate at the Faculty of Humanities will be employed within ACLC. The employment contract will be for 4 years for 38 hours per week-1 FTE (including 0,2 teaching in the second and third years of the employment contract) under the terms of employment currently valid for the Faculty. Initially, a contract will be given for 16 months, with an extension for the following 32 months on the basis of a positive evaluation after 12 months. The starting date of the contract is 1 September 2020.

The salary for the position (based on a full-time contract) will be €2,325 during the first year (gross per month) and will reach €2,972 during the fourth year, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. The PhD candidate receives a tuition fee waiver and has free access to courses offered by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Dutch National Research Schools.


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Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

AIHR wants to improve the diversity of its academic community with respect to ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. Applications that contribute to this are particularly encouraged.

Your application should include the following:

  1. Your curriculum vitae, listing at least:
    • full address and contact details
    • previous education
    • professional information (previous university (or relevant) employment)
    • language proficiency
    • grants/honours
    • conference presentations and publications, if applicable
  2. A list of grades (transcript) obtained for your Master (or equivalent) programme; at this stage a certified document is not yet necessary
  3. A research proposal of no more than 800 words with the following elements:
    • an outline of central issue/problem/question (why)
    • object(s) of research (what)
    • methodology (how)
    • how your research fits the programme of the ACLC, more specifically how the topic of the proposed research interfaces between two or more research groups of the ACLC and will therefore represent an interdisciplinary work relevant to those research groups. Descriptions of the ACLC research groups can be found here.
  4. Motivation for doing PhD research (no more than 200 words)
  5. The name of two potential supervisors for your PhD project who are staff members of the ACLC and in different research groups. You are encouraged to contact the staff members whom you have listed as your prospective supervisors to discuss your plans before applying formally.
  6. The name and contact details of one or two academic referees
  7. A writing sample, such as a project paper or chapter of a master’s thesis, of up to 10000 words maximum.

Please supply this information in the order given above and submit your full application as one PDF file (please do not send multiple attachments), using your initials and surname as a file name, via the UvA Vacancies site. Please note that your application will not be taken into consideration if you send multiple files, and/or if your application is late and/or incomplete.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.

The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of representatives of the academic staff and a PhD researcher of ACLC. The committee will make a selection of candidates to invite for an interview in Amsterdam. The final selection will be made following the interviews.

31 March 2020 Deadline submission applications
1 April Applications are checked for completeness
Mid-April Applicants are informed whether they are invited for an interview
Early/Mid-May Interviews with candidates
End of May Applicants informed about the result
1 Sep 2020 Applicants start PhD projects

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