Borsa di studio per dottorato in linguistica interazionale (italianistica)

We offer a PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis (Italian)
with professor Elwys De Stefani​ at KU Leuven University​, a competitive salary (4 year + extra’s) and an international, dynamic work environment

PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis (Italian)

(ref. BAP-2018-357)


A new research project at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leuven is looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in interactional linguistics/conversation analysis (starting date: October/November 2018). The PhD fellowship is part of a larger collaborative project entitled “Beyond the clause: Encoding and inference in clause combining”, funded by the Research Council of the University of Leuven. The team heading the project is composed of Bert Cornillie, Kristin Davidse, Elwys De Stefani and Jean-Christophe Verstraete. The supervisor of this fellowship is Elwys De Stefani.

The aim of this project is to analyse how clause-combining relates to the temporal and sequential organisation of actions in Italian talk-in-interaction. The project investigates how speakers construct, extend, revise, complete, etc. their turns-in-progress moment by moment in grammatically sensitive ways. It exploits video-recorded data of ordinary and institutional talk and sets out to explore the situated and embodied emergence of clause combinations in unscripted talk. It contributes to the larger collaborative project both from a theoretical and a methodological perspective, by placing temporality, sequentiality, embodiment at the core of its investigation.

Applications are invited from candidates with the following qualifications:
•An MA in linguistics (or related disciplines), with academic distinction;
•training in interactional linguistics, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology;
•strong analytical skills and the motivation to pursue innovative work in linguistics;
•a (near-)native competence of Italian and a good command of English;
•a cooperative attitude and the capacity to actively participate in project activities (e.g. data sessions) and in events of the research units involved in the project (including their seminar series);
•the ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Motivated candidates meeting these criteria are invited to apply. Please include a cover letter, a CV, the names of up to three referees, and a sample piece of academic writing. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2018.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on 9-10 July (in person or online for overseas applicants). A decision will be communicated by mid-July.

The fellow will receive a salary of approximately 2000 EUR/month (after taxes) for a period of four years and all regular provisions for PhD fellows at the University of Leuven. In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad and organising workshops and conferences in Leuven or elsewhere.

The successful candidate may be asked to provide (limited) assistance with teaching, student supervision and data management. S/he will join a dynamic research team (faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students).


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Elwys De Stefani, tel.: +32 16 32 47 96, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than July 01, 2018 via the online application tool
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