Postdoc: Language Policy in Heteroglossic Schools (Belgium)

The Langues et Discours research centre of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on “Between the devil and the deep blue sea. Implementing language policy in urban heteroglossic schools”, a new project funded by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS).

Project description: The project sets out to investigate how teachers implement monolingual policies in distinctly heteroglossic urban schools. Its goals are to investigate how teachers articulate a monolingual policy, to what extent and in what way teachers are responsive to linguistic diversity, and which conditions facilitate either of these realisations. These questions will be explored in four Belgian secondary schools. Data have already been collected for two of these schools by the project promotor. These data will be revisited and compared with new data to be collected by the postdoctoral researcher through ethnographic fieldwork in one or two secondary schools in Brussels (French- and Dutch-medium), depending on the applicant’s command of Dutch and/or French.

Research domains: sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, linguistic anthropology, linguistic ethnography

Tasks:
– carrying out linguistic-ethnographic fieldwork
– analysing interaction in the classroom
– preparing research output for international journals
– presenting research at international conferences
– contributing to occasional supervision of MA students and/or course teaching

We offer:
– a 24-month position, renewable with two years, funded by the Belgian National Science Foundation (FNRS), from 1 October 2016.

Requirements:
– PhD in sociolinguistics or related disciplines (predoctoral applicants must have obtained their PhD at the latest by 30 September 2016).
– Relevant research experience in studying interactional processes, preferably in classroom settings
– Excellent skills in Dutch or French
– Excellent skills in English
– Applicants must not have obtained their PhD prior to 1 October 2010.

Deadline for application is 1 June 2016. Applications (motivation letter + CV + recommendation letter + one paper the applicant is proud of) should be sent in electronic format to prof. dr. Jürgen Jaspers (jurgen.jaspers@ulb.ac.be). Notification of acceptance will be sent before 1 July 2016.

Starting date: 1 October 2016

Place of work: the applicant will be based at the Solbosch Campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, CP 175, 1050 Brussels, building A).

Erasmus Mundus doctorate Info tech

The ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT DOCTORATE in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES for BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (IT4BI-DC) Programme provides EU-funded SCHOLARSHIPS to students selected by the IT4BI-DC Consortium.

The IT4BI-DC Consortium is composed of the following institutions:
– Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) (Belgium)
– Aalborg Universitet (AAU) (Denmark)
– Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD) (Germany)
– Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) (Spain)
– Poznan University of Technology (PUT) (Poland)

The selected PhD students will receive net salary between €1400 – €2200, depending on the institution. More details concerning the funds.

RESEARCH AREAS
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The IT4BI-DC Programme offers multiple cutting the edge research topics, in the areas including among others:
– Business Intelligence for WEB and Big Data Analysis
– BI on Spatio-Temporal data
– Warehousing unstructured data
– Multidimensional data analysis in a cloud
– Data integration architectures for real-time BI
– Geo-social analytics
– Advanced smart grid analytics
– BI on sequential data
– BI on advanced hardware
– Privacy in data analysis
– Collaborative data analysis

AWARDED DEGREE
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A graduate from the IT4BI-DC Programme will be awarded either a join degree or double degree offered by two of the Partner institutions. The type of the degree awarded is subject to internal regulations of the countries where the Partner institutions are located.

IMPORTANT DATES
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PhD candidates applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:
December 21st, 2012 : scholarship application deadline
January 8th, 2013   : uploading reference letters deadline
End of February 2013: preliminary decision of the scholarship
End of April 2013   : formal confirmation of the scholarship granting

PhD candidates not applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship:
April 30th, 2013: programme application deadline for Non-European students
June 30th, 2013 : programme application deadline for European students

PhD candidates are required to apply via the IT4BI-DC online application.

Detailed information available.
Enquiries: it4bidc AT cs.ulb.ac.be