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Assistant Professor Multilingual Second Language Acquisition

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    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    Language sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/05/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Amsterdam


The Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) is looking for an assistant professor Multilingual Second Language Acquisition.

What are you going to do?

You will provide education in a dynamic context with ample opportunities for the development of innovative teaching methods. The focus of the teaching will be on second language acquisition and the teaching of English in a multilingual environment, and extends to include teaching to prospective language educators. Your research will be part of the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC). We are seeking a talented researcher and teacher who can liaise between different ACLC research groups and develop interdisciplinary projects. The ACLC is one of the five research schools of the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Designing and conducting independent research on: (i) a formal, experimental and/or didactic approach to the acquisition of English as second language, and (ii) a demonstrated interest in a formal and/or experimental approach to the acquisition of a (second) language with strong regional or international appeal resulting in academic publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or books and in public research dissemination;
  • actively pursuing external funding for research, notably funding from research councils, national as well as European;
  • actively contributing to and developing national and international research networks and other forms of cooperation;
  • actively contributing to the research activities of ACLC;
  • developing, coordinating and teaching courses in both the BA and MA programmes of the English section of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and when needed in relevant other programmes across the department and/or the Linguistics section of the Department of Literary Studies & Linguistics;
  • supervising BA and MA theses and tutoring students; co-supervising PhD theses;
  • actively contributing to the development and improvement of the broader teaching programmes in the department;
  • taking part in committees and working groups, and carrying out departmental administrative tasks as directed.

More Information


Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for a period of two years with the intention of converting it into a permanent contract after a positive assessment. The ideal starting date of the employment contract is 1 August 2021.

The gross monthly salary, dependent on relevant experience, will range from €3,746 to €5,826, based on 38 hours a week. This is excluding a generous holiday scheme (8%) and year-end bonus (8.3%). A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% rule’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for the Dutch Universities is applicable.

We additionally offer:

  • the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent opportunities for study and personal development;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

Selection process

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application. You may apply online by using the link below. Applications (to the Dean of the faculty, Prof. F.P. Weerman), including a motivation letter, a detailed CV, a list of publications and the names and email addresses of two referees who can provide letters of recommendation, should be submitted in pdf.

The response period closes on 12 May 2021. Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of May-June 2021. A trial lecture and/or research presentation may be part of the application procedure.

Additional comments


For questions about this position or the department you may contact:

  • Ellen Rutten, Professor of Literature, with special attention for Slavic Literatures & Cultures

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

What do we require of you?

You are a dynamic and ambitious researcher with a strong profile, demonstrable by international publications and an international academic network. Your publications show broad knowledge of the field of multilingualism, multimodal communication and cognition, familiarity with socio-cultural, experimental and formal approaches to the study of (second) language acquisition, and a particular focus on : (i) experimental approach to the acquisition of English as second language, and (ii) a demonstrated interest in approaches to the acquisition of a (second) language with strong regional or international appeal (e.g., Mandarin, Russian, Swahili, Hindi, Malay, etc.). Your research matches the profile of the ACLC.

You are able to develop and provide modules on specific courses in the English section of the Department of Modern Languages and Culture, where you will be primarily located. When necessary, you are expected to also teach (second) language acquisition courses in the Linguistics section of the Department of Literary Studies & Linguistics. Important is proven flexibility in teaching on topics beyond your own research focus, a willingness to work in interdisciplinary teams of teachers and the ability to offer inspiring lectures and tutorials in the BA, MA and minor programmes that aspire to a wide range of students.

Your experience and profile

  • holds PhD in the field of multilingual/multimodal acquisition and/or second language acquisition;
  • holds an international academic network in the research area concerned;
  • provides research output commensurate with the level of the position;
  • active and ambitious researcher with a strong publication record;
  • demonstrable ability and ambition to obtain external research grants;
  • wide and high-profile teaching experience in relevant domains at BA and MA level;
  • excellent command (near-native fluency) of both Dutch and English: Non-native Dutch speakers must achieve an active and passive command of Dutch within two years (passing the state examination for Dutch as a Second Language programme II, is a prerequisite for a permanent employment contract);
  • experience with digital and audio-visual teaching facilities and affinity with ICT in university teaching;
  • experienced in valorisation and practice-based education and/or research;
  • good team worker and versatile at all levels, capable of multidisciplinary co-operation;
  • excellent organisational experience and skills;
  • acquired the Dutch Basic Teaching Qualification, or is willing to acquire this within the first two years.

Research that entails collaboration with non-academic institutions and agencies in the Netherlands, Europe, and beyond is highly welcome.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Amsterdam (UvA)
1012 CX
Kloveniersburgwal 48

EURAXESS offer ID: 630892
Posting organisation offer ID: 299809


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