Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Department of Foreign Languages and Translation

Deadline: 15.06.2023

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow affiliated to the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation, for a period of three years. The position is located at the University of Agder’s Kristiansand campus. The starting date is the 8th of January 2024.

The person who is hired will contribute to a research project within the Experimental Linguistics Research Group and its associated laboratory (ELL) run by Prof. Linda Wheeldon and Prof. Allison Wetterlin. The research project will be run in collaboration with Dr. Katrien Segaert (School of Psychology, University of Birmingham).

The research will employ speech analysis techniques to investigate proficiency in spoken language production in terms of utterance complexity and spoken fluency. A core aspect of the research will be to assess the impact of both healthy ageing and bilingualism across measures of language proficiency. To address these issues, the project will be exploiting a large and rich speech-dataset collected during the FAB project. The dataset comprises natural speech from a picture description task (see OSF project). A large group of participants (approximately 340) produced short descriptions these pictures. They were diverse in terms of age (20-85), socio-economic status, education level and ethnicity, and included both monolingual English speakers, and Norwegian-English bilinguals who described different scenes in each of their languages. For each speaker there are objective measures of language proficiency, non-linguistic cognitive processes, and also detailed information about the bilinguals’ language profile.


The successful candidate will be based at UiA in Kristiansand. The postdoctoral researcher (PD) will work to prepare and analyse the data set using speech analysis and statistical tools. They will be fully involved in determining the detailed theoretical questions to be addressed, and in the analysis and dissemination of the research. There is broad scope for the PD to determine many aspects of the project’s direction, any of which will have important theoretical impacts. The PD will also create a publicly available Speech-across-the-lifespan database. This database will contain speech samples interlinked with information of relevant characteristics of the speech, including a transcription of each speech sample, as well as codes for relevant speech fluency and complexity measures (e.g. disruptions and hesitations) and linguistic markers (e.g. word frequency, length, syllables, morphemes). The position will support the career development of the PD by enabling the development of their research expertise in a theoretically and methodologically demanding project. The expectation is that the postdoctoral researcher will be the first author on several publications.

Required qualifications

  • A PhD in a relevant subject such as English linguistics and/or psycholinguistics.
  • (Candidates must have obtained their doctorate or have submitted their doctoral thesis before the appointment decision is made and must have defended their thesis by the starting date)
  • Interest in psycholinguistics with a focus on speech production, bilingualism and/or healthy ageing
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Norwegian
  • Phonetics and speech analysis skills (including Praat)
  • Strong data analysis skills (preferably including mixed effects modelling in R)
  • Academic dissemination skills (academic paper(s) published or submitted, posters or oral presentations)

Desired qualifications

  • Organizational and teamwork skills, with a willingness to work in a team of researchers on an international project
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills

Personal qualities

  • Analytical mind and scientific curiosity and creativity, interest, and motivation
  • Accuracy, punctuality, and attention to detail
  • Commitment and concentration, patience, and ability to work and deliver under pressure

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organization a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 563 900 – 626 100 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

If the position is announced in English (or another language):

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • An application letter in English that addresses the desired qualifications for the position as described above
  • A curriculum vitae in English, including a complete list of publications
  • Certificates with grades
  • Up to 5 publications or academic articles (including the Doctoral thesis)
  • List of reference persons: 2–3 references to be contacted at the final stage of the application process

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or in English.

Application deadline: 15 June 2023.


For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process: Hilde Anett Krossen hilde.anett.krossen@uia.no

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