Applications invited for a full-time PhD position in literary studies

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Faculty of Languages and Humanities, Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, is looking for a four-year full-time PhD researcher in the field of literary studies as part of the FWO funded research project “Broadcast Biographies. Innovations in Genre and Medium (1945-2020)”.

1. Project

This project is situated at the intersection of life writing, literary radio studies and cultural memory studies. It examines the literary radio biography in Britain and (West-)Germany in the period 1945-2020 along three complementary lines: its production and reception history, its genre and media conventions and its cultural memory function. Despite the rich history of biographical writing on and for radio, little research exists on the radio biography as genre, let alone on its role as a potential catalyst for genre and media innovation. Neither the vast scholarship on life writing nor the field of radio studies have paid systematic attention to biographies created specifically for the radio. Still, as this project aims to show, the radio biography gives us a unique insight in the ongoing mediation of life narratives and the history of radio itself. By writing lives for the radio, literary authors such as Alfred Andersch, Martin Esslin, Gerhard Rühm, Angela Carter and Tom Stoppard also chronicle the life of radio itself, reflecting on the possibilities and limits of both genre and medium.

In this project, we mainly focus on productions by (post)modernist and neo-avant-garde authors. We aim to study the genre and function of the broadcast biography, including its role in the transnational exchange between the two central national broadcasting cultures.

2. Position description

We offer a four-year full-time PhD position (subject to annual positive evaluation). The successful candidate will carry out the project as a doctoral researcher in close collaboration with the two supervisors at the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) at VUB. The candidate will write a doctoral dissertation on the subject of the literary radio biography, carry out archival work on selected authors and productions (in the UK and Germany), (co-)publish the results of the research in academic articles and books, present at national and international conferences and co-host scientific meetings. The candidate will complete the doctoral training programme of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at VUB and is expected to defend their doctoral dissertation in 2026. Please be aware that the position requires you to be present in the department on a regular basis (3 days per week). 

3. Profile

  • You hold a master’s degree in (literature in) English, (literature in) German, comparative literature (or a comparable degree) or you will have obtained this by the start date of this position.
  • You demonstrate excellent study results. Previous academic experience (publications, conference presentations, etc.) will be considered an asset.
  • You have a demonstrable interest in twentieth-century and/or contemporary literature, life writing, biography studies, literary radio studies, sound studies, media history or cultural memory studies. Previous experience with archival research will be considered an asset.
  • You are an enthusiastic researcher, capable of conducting research both independently and in team.
  • You are willing to conduct research stays abroad in function of archival research and academic exchange.
  • You act in accordance with the rules regarding scientific integrity, as described in the VUB charter for researchers: https://www.vub.be/en/violations-of-scientific-integrityinbreuken-op-wetenschappelijke-integriteit#information-in-english`
  • You have excellent English-language skills (oral and written) at an academic level. A good command of the German language is highly desirable. 

4. Offer

  • We offer a four-year full-time doctoral position (requiring enrolment as a doctoral student at VUB), subject to an annual positive evaluation.
  • The planned starting date is 1 October 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • You will receive a salary in one of the grades defined by the Belgian government. Depending on previous professional experience, the monthly tax-free salary varies from approx. € 2541 to max. € 2704 (EU staff) / approx. € 2318 to max. € 2466 (non-EU staff). In addition, you are provided with a shared office space and a work laptop, library access, social and health benefits, and free access to Belgian public transport for your commute to campus.
  • As an employee of VUB, you will work in a dynamic, diverse, and multilingual environment. For this function, VUB’s Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Etterbeek) will serve as your home base. Our campus is a green oasis in the capital city of Flanders, Belgium, and Europe, and boasts an excellent restaurant and extensive sport facilities. It is within easy reach (twenty minutes by public transport) of the city centre of Brussels and has a direct train connection to Brussels National Airport. Childcare facilities are to be found within walking distance.
  • For more information on what it is like to work at VUB, go to www.vub.ac.be/en/jobs.

5. Application procedure

Applications should include (in one PDF file):

  1. cover/motivation letter;
  2. your academic CV with details about your Bachelor and Master qualifications (including grades) and your previous academic experience (if applicable);
  3. short text on how you envisage your contribution to the project, especially the doctoral dissertation that you would be working on (max. 1000 words). Please mention your approach, research question and case studies (i.e. the authors and/or works you would like to work on);
  4. the names of two referees.

Also include (in a separate PDF file) a writing sample (e.g. your MA thesis, a research paper or academic article). Clearly mention your name on your writing sample. 

Please send your application by e-mail to both supervisors, Prof. dr. Inge Arteel (Inge.Arteel@vub.be) and Prof. dr. Birgit Van Puymbroeck (birgit.van.puymbroeck@vub.be). The deadline is 16 August 2022 (midnight, CET). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the week of 29 August 2022 on the Humanities Campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel or online.

If you have any questions, please contact Inge.Arteel@vub.be or birgit.van.puymbroeck@vub.be

Lecturer position offered at Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

The FB06 of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germersheim Campus) is seeking a Lecturer with a specified function, part-time (75%), for our faculty’s British Studies (Anglistik) programme. We are looking for a lecturer who is a native speaker of English, with a focus on foreign language learning, translation and cultural studies (permanent position, from 01.10.2022). The deadline for applications is 10th July 2022. Details of the position and how to apply can be found here:
https://stellenboerse.uni-mainz.de/HPv3.Jobs/jgu/stellenangebot/24983/Lehrkraft-fur-besondere-Aufgaben-m-w-d-im-Fach-Englisch

Job Announcement: two full-time tenure-track faculty positions in English language and linguistics

Contact person: Cristiano Broccias <c.broccias@unige.it>
Subject: Assistant Professor in English Language and Linguistics, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy


University or Organization: University of Genoa
Department: Modern Languages and Culture
Job Location: Genoa, Italy
Web Address: https://lingue.unige.it/
Job Title: Assistant Professor in English Language and Linguistics
Job Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialty Areas: General Linguistics
Required Language(s): English (eng)
Deadline for applications: 16th May 2022 at noon

Prospective candidates must have:

  • a PhD in English linguistics or a related field:
  • at least 3 years’ experience as a post-doc or at least three years’ experience as an assistant professor;
  • a strong research record and an excellent potential for future research 
  • a basic competence in Italian.

Job Announcement: university lecturer in English Language (Universitetslektor), Åbo Akademi University, starting from September 1, 2022

Åbo Akademi University wishes to appoint a university lecturer in English Language (universitetslektor), including linguistics, starting from September 1, 2022, or as agreed.

Description of the position
The university lecturer will have a wide ranging responsibility for teaching, including courses in sociolinguistics, English linguistics, and applied linguistics, as well as in the social and historical context of English-speaking countries. Teaching tasks will also include courses in spoken and written skills. Additionally, the lecturer supervises and examines Bachelor’s and Master’s theses on language-related topics. Depending on the competences of the candidate, teaching duties may also include participation in courses that are provided jointly for all students in the faculty.

The university lecturer will be expected to participate in a variety of administrative tasks, such as coordination of the students’ language practice and exchange programmes with overseas universities.

A university lecturer may be given the opportunity to conduct research for a maximum of one third of the contract hours. The university lecturer will participate in departmental research seminars and contribute to the research activities of the subject.

The university lecturer has a total working time of 1,612 hours per year, and the work tasks will be defined in detail in an annual work plan. A trial period applies to all new employees.

Qualification requirements and evaluation
In accordance with the University Board’s decree, a university lecturer is required to have a doctorate in the subject they are teaching or in a closely related discipline, as well as pedagogical competence.

Application
The application should be submitted electronically in the University recruitment system (www.abo.fi/rekryteringno later than 23 May 2022 at 3 PM (Finnish time) with the following enclosures:

  1. An application letter including an account of the key experience and skills relevant for the task (max. 2 pages)
  2. CV, according to the model of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity, TENK: https://tenk.fi/sites/default/files/2021-06/TENK_CV_template_2020.pdf
  3. A full list of publications, with the three most important publications supporting the applicant’s research competence marked; please include links to these three publications or upload them in the recruitment system
  4. A teaching portfolio https://web.abo.fi/befattningar/Pedagogical_portfolio2021.pdf
  5. A copy of the diploma of a doctoral degree relevant to the position,
  6. A copy of other diplomas and certificates (for example, for language proficiency or pedagogical studies),
  7. Research plan (max 3 pages),
  8. Contact information for two referees.

The full announcement is posted at https://abo.rekrytointi.com/paikat/index.php?jid=544&key=&o=A_RJ&rspvt=p0bmodttrascsggcscck0wkcwg4gosg

Job Advertisement

The Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, FB06, Campus Germersheim, invites applications for the position of a Junior Professorship of Anglophone Studies (Bes.Gr. W 1 LBesG) to be in post on 01.04.2020.

Details here.

Position of Professor (f/m) of English Literary and Cultural Studies

 

Karl-Frazens University of Graz (Austria)
The Institute of English Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

is seeking to appoint a

Professor (f/m) of English Literary and Cultural Studies pursuant to §98 of the University Act (UG)

(40 hours per week; permanent employment according to the Austrian Law on Salaried Employment (AngG); expected starting date October 1st 2020)

The holder of the position will represent the field of English literary and cultural studies from the early modern period up to and including the 18th century in research and teaching, with a particular focus on Shakespearean drama. Teaching responsibilities concern the bachelor’s and master’s programmes in English and American studies, the English teacher training programme, and the doctoral programme. Research and teaching should focus on literary studies and philologically-oriented cultural studies. In addition, the holder of the position will seek points of contact with existing research collaborations at the institute and at the faculty. Applicants are expected to have a record of excellent research activities and teaching experience in the above-mentioned fields. The candidate is expected to have a habilitation or equivalent qualification in English Literature, excellent academic qualification in research and teaching for the relevant subject, and a very good command of German. In addition, we expect gender mainstreaming competence.

Please submit your applications stating the reference number BV/19/98 ex 2018/19 by March 27th 2019 at the latest.

For information about the application procedures and other prerequisites, please visit
jobs.uni-graz.at/en/BV/19/98.