Postdoctoral Researcher on Language Differences and Communication Gaps

The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), currently has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Researcher on Language Differences and Communication Gaps.

Languages allow different linguistic strategies (e.g., the use of different sentence moods) to express interlocutors’ communicative intentions. There are currently several hundreds of languages spoken in The Netherlands, and one may wonder what the linguistic landscape looks like with regard to these patterns, and how they may influence teacher-pupil (teenager) interactions or else, interpersonal and public conversations.

For this position, the ACLC expects the postdoc to formulate a project that investigates how speakers of different languages in The Netherlands bridge the gap between their other languages and Dutch, and how the differences between distinct languages in the encoding of communicative intentions may affect effective communication. This includes as well the interpretation of assignment instructions in classroom situations or official documents known for adopting directive speech forms, all of which may be the source of anxiety for pupils/citizens. A better understanding of the organization of language strategies and the way these are related to one another is highly relevant in establishing inclusive communication in a multilingual society.

Duration: The position is for 1 year


For this position, applicants are to perform the following tasks

  • Conducting research, presenting research results at (inter)national workshops and conferences;
  • publishing (co)-authored, peer-reviewed articles or chapters in (inter)national scholarly; journals or edited volumes;
  • participating in activities of the research school and department;
  • (co-)organizing knowledge dissemination activities;
  • possibly contributing to teaching courses.


  • The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and relevant experience, ranges between € 3,974 to € 5,43;
  • 8% holiday allowance and the 8,3% year-end allowance;
  • excellent possibilities for further professional development and education, including participation in a dedicated Research Training group;
  • an enthusiastic, inspiring, and professional academic team;
  • the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers at research institutes that – partly as a result of their interdisciplinary approach – are world-renowned.
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Job Requirements

To be eligible for this position, applicants should meet the following requirements

  • A PhD in General linguistics, linguistic typology, language, and communication;
  • excellent research skills demonstrated by a track record of publishing in high-ranking journals and/or with leading presses or a demonstrable capacity to develop such a record;
  • a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research;
  • enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences;
  • excellent command of English.

Application Process

Applications should include the following information (submitted in one pdf):

  • A full academic CV, including a list of publications.
  • A letter of motivation.
  • The names and contact details of two references who may be approached by the selection committee.
  • A research proposal of 800-1000 words.

To apply, click here.

Application Deadline: October 07, 2022.

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