Stellenbosch U: Postdoc in Linguistics & Identity (South Africa)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Fellowship in General Linguistics for the project Politics of the Belly: Language, Food, and Memory in the (Re)Construction of South African Identity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2021-23. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

The grantholder of the above project, Dr. Marcelyn Oostendorp, invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R220 000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for two (2) years. The fellowship is only available to one individual who has obtained their doctorate degree within the past five (5) years, who has not attained their doctoral degree at Stellenbosch University, and whose degree was in the area of (applied) linguistics, literature, communication/rhetoric, or another language-related discipline.

This project will investigate the construction of identity and memory in discourses on food, and will employ multimodal discourse analysis as the main theoretical framework and analytical tool. The aim of the project is to shed light on how semiotic resources are used to (re)construct memory, identity, and place in our discursive engagements with food.

Applicants must: a) be available to start the fellowship on 1 April 2021; b) be willing to work full time; c) be competent and experienced in discourse/multimodal analysis and/or in experimental methods (such as eye-tracking); d) hold a PhD and must have graduated within the past five (5) years; e) be able to work in a team environment; f) have experience in writing academic articles; and g) be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

Stellenbosch U Job Ad: Global Partnerships & Internationalisation (S Africa)

Job adsManager of Global Partnerships and Internationalisation Support, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Deadline: 9 November 2018.

  • Develops and implements policy and strategy for the internationalisation of Stellenbosch University (SU) and the core activities: research, learning and teaching and social impact;

  • Develops sustainable significant bilateral and multi-lateral alliances, partnerships and collaboration in support of academic projects;

  • Creates a dedicated support service platform to promote SU’s global engagement activities on campus, in the local community, within the region and continent and beyond;

  • Facilitates the development of scholarship in Africa in collaboration with other centers at SU International.

Stellenbosch University job ad (South Africa)

Stellenbosch University, South Africa – General Linguistics
Closes: 17th August 2015

The Department’s teaching and research activities focus on both formal and applied linguistics, including language structure (syntax and morphology), first and second language acquisition, and several aspects of language use. Our research focuses on multilingual and intercultural contexts, taking as point of departure  the Department’s location in the Western Cape and on the African continent. We work collaboratively on a number of research projects with local and overseas departments as well as with institutions in Africa, the latter via our involvement in the Faculty’s Graduate School.

• Academic leadership in General Linguistics, with specialisation in psycholinguistics and at least one of the following, specifically in multilingual contexts: language acquisition, bilingualism, or language and cognition;
• initiating and managing a sustainable interdisciplinary research programme in experimental psycholinguistics;
• supporting and strengthening established research projects of the Department;
• cultivating national and international research networks, particularly in Africa;
• publication of research results in accredited journals;
• securing research funding;
• academic programme development and innovation;
• teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level;
• postgraduate supervision up to doctoral level;
• active participation in all departmental activities, representing the Department at Faculty, Graduate School and University level;
• academic interaction with the wider civil society.

• Doctorate in General Linguistics, with specialisation in psycholinguistics or bilingualism;
• an established research profile on, amongst others, language development and cognitive processing in multilingual populations, particularly involving speakers of Afrikaans, South African English and/or an African language spoken in South Africa;
• an extensive record of scientific publications in leading local and international journals and/or in books;
• strong international research ties;
• capacity to establish an interdisciplinary Language and Mind laboratory, with a research focus on first and second language acquisition of spoken and sign languages;
• relevant experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and a proven record of supervision of Master’s and doctoral students to successful completion;
• sound administrative, management and interpersonal skills, and willingness to chair the Department in the future.

• Proven experience of successful grant proposal writing;
• experience of working with Afrikaans, an African language (preferably isiXhosa) and/or a sign language;
• teaching and research supervision in both South African and overseas institutions;
• active member of the linguistics community as evidenced by conference participation, academic talks and acting as reviewer for scientific journals;
• proven ability to work collaboratively on research and teaching projects.

Commencement of duties: 1 January 2016

Enquiries regarding the job content: Dr Johan Oosthuizen

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Client Services Centre

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a comprehensive curriculum vitae (including the names and contact details of at least two referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post.

Applicants should request their referees to send confidential reports by the closing date directly to the following address: The Manager: Personnel Provisioning & Planning, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602; e-mail:

Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

Should no feedback be received from the University within six weeks of the closing date, kindly accept that your application did not succeed.

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