Research assistent in Language Acquisition

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 26 Nov 2020

The position

A temporary position as Research Assistant is available at the Department of Language and Culture within the field of language acquisition. The position is affiliated with the language acquisition lab The PoLaR Lab. The position is available for the period 01.03.21 - 31.08.22.

The position is affiliated with the Department of Language and Culture  (ISK). The Department consists of 83 permanent employees, 16 adjunct professors, and approximately 20 PhD fellows. Additionally, the Department has approximately 35 temporary research and teaching positions. The Department’s core activates are research, teaching, and dissemination within linguistics, literature, art history, and media and documentation studies.

The Department has a very active and diverse research profile. It houses one of the world’s most excellent research communities in linguistics represented by AcqVA Aurora Center that works with language acquisition, and with research groups within cognitive linguistics (CLEAR), Sami language technology (Giellatekno and Divvun), theoretical linguistics (CASTL-FISH) and sociolinguistics (Multilingual North, Diversity, Education and Revitalisation (MULTINOR)).

The Department’s research communities within literature, art history, and media and documentation studies are nationally highly competitive, and are organised into research groups such as «Health, Art and Society» (HAS), Russian Space (RSCPR), Libraries, archives, museums, in the community (LAMCOM), Arctic Humanities, Just Literature (JUL), Interdisciplinary Phenomenology (IP) and Worlding Northern Art (WONA).

ISK offers one-year programmes, as well as full Bachelor and Master programmes in the following fields: General linguistics, literature, art history, media and documentation studies, English, Kven, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Sami, Spanish, and German. It also offers PhD programmes in linguistics, cultural/literary studies, art history, as well as media and documentation studies. 

Research assistant is a fixed-term position. Employment as a research assistant shall provide the opportunity for insight into research work and method.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø.

The position’s field of research or work

The main responsibilities of this position are listed as follows: 

  • Maintenance, updating, and development of web pages.
  • Help with building up databases.
  • Assistance with field work (i.e logistics, travel)
  • Assistance in designing various linguistic experiments.
  • Assistance with data collection and transcription.
  • Responsibility for the online service: organizations of seminars, talks, and colloquiums, contact with the headquarter.
  • Contact with participants in connection with fieldwork or other data collection.
  • Support the members of PoLaR/HeLPiNG or their delegate in arranging meetings and contacts outside the department and university.
  • Book travel and accommodation.
  • Preparation for expense claims.


Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting Professor Jason Rothman, email: .


The following qualifications are required:

  • BA degree in humanities or social studies
  • Prior experience working in coordination/administration at the university level
  • Prior experience with lab management (e.g. coordination of travel for research activities and researchers, inventory management, ordering of supplies, budgetary oversight, controlling of empirical equipment)
  • Prior experience in coordination of empirical research (e.g. coordination of participants, participant payment, relevant experience with psychological/psycholinguistic research, data management)
  • Language requirements: Fluent English

We offer
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


The application must be submitted electronically via  and shall include:

  • Application letter
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 2-3 references

The documentation must be in English.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee's mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants' qualifications on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailde description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things, aim to clarify the applicants personal suitability for the position and motivations.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants .

The remuneration for Research Assistant is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1019. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT: ​

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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

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Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

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