Funded PhD Program in Linguistics at the School of Humanities, University of Iceland

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Oct 2020

The University of Iceland welcomes applications for a funded PhD program within the School of Humanities. Qualified individuals with an MA degree in Icelandic or English are invited to apply. The doctoral project is a research of adverbial clauses in Icelandic and related languages. The grant is for three years and is funded by the UI Doctoral Grant Fund. Work on the doctoral program should preferably commence at the beginning of year 2021.

Main Project and Responsibilities

The PhD project is intended to create a comprehensive description and systematic analysis on the status and internal structure of adverbial clauses in English and the Nordic languages, with emphasis on Icelandic and Faroese. Adverbial clauses are more diverse and complex than other subordinate clauses as well as being a less researched subject matter. This PhD project is intended to add on to the previously known nature of subordinate clauses in syntax in languages in general and should become a noteworthy contribution in the field of comparative syntax of closely related languages. The PhD student should be enrolled in a full-time program at the University of Iceland during the grant period. The supervisor is Dr. Ásgrímur Angantýsson, professor of Icelandic linguistics. The student is also allowed to teach part time, up to 20% of a full-time position.

Education and qualifications:

>> MA degree in Icelandic or English (first class grade).

>> Proficiency in both Icelandic and English.

>> A solid background in generative syntax.

>> An enthusiasm for the subject matter and a determination to finish a doctorate program at the University of Iceland.

The doctoral student is enrolled in a PhD program at the Icelandic or English faculties of the University of Iceland. The chosen applicant, working with the supervisor, applies for a PhD program in Icelandic or English at the University of Iceland before a formal decision is made on the grant. This program can be applied to outside the traditional application period of PhD programs at the University of Iceland and the applicant will be assisted throughout the application process.

Further Information

Salary is according to official agreement between collective wage and salary agreement between the Minister of Finance and the relevant union.

The PhD student signs an employment contract with the School of Humanities which is based on a contract for the grant itself. Further information about requirements and the application process can be found here:

The application should include:

>> A CV and bibliography.

>> A written application (ca. 2,000 words) describing the applicant’s interest in the subject matter and how they envision their approach to the research.

>> A record of previous education and certificates (BA and MA).

>> Two references, including their contact information.

All applicants will receive a reply and be notified once the position has been filled. Applications are valid for up to three months from the deadline for the application. The prospective PhD student is expected to start work in January, 2021.

The hiring process at the University of Iceland follows the University’s Equal Rights Plan: .

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Iceland Language Policy: .

This a full-time position.

The position is open for applications until the end of day September 28, 2020.

For further information please contact

Prof. Ásgrímur Angantýsson – – Tel. 00 354 525 5372.

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