Doctoral Research Assistants or Postdoctoral Research Assistants in World Englishes and Learner Corpus Research

Doctoral Research Assistants or Postdoctoral Research Assistants 

Published on: 03.06.2024

The University of Bonn is an international research university with a wide education and research profile. With a 200-year history, approximately 31,500 students, more than 6,000 staff, and an excellent reputation at home and abroad, the University of Bonn is one of the most important universities in Germany and is recognized as a university of excellence.

The Department of English, American and Celtic Studies (IAAK) invites applications for a fixed-term position for the duration of 3 years as

Doctoral Research Assistants (50 %) or Postdoctoral Research Assistants (100 %) in World Englishes and Learner Corpus Research

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Robert Fuchs (English Linguistics) and will join a vibrant working group focused on research in the fields of data-intensive discourse analysis, varieties of English, and Learner Corpus Research (see and Ongoing research projects focus on discourse on social media and print media (e.g. health communication, climate change discourse), Young German Learner English, and syntactic and phonetic variation in World Englishes. In future, we are planning to further strengthen our research at the crossroads of linguistics and data science.

We offer flexible working time organization, a supportive research environment and the opportunity for professional growth through skills development in cutting-edge research methods in linguistics and data science.

Department of English, American and Celtic Studies



Reference number:


Working time model:

full or part time 

Starting date:

earliest possible date


limited for three years

Pay grade:

TV-L EG 13

Applications to:

Application documents:

  • a cover letter outlining the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position,
  • a CV,
  • copies of Bachelor's and Master's degree certificates (if applicable),
  • a representative paper demonstrating the applicant's skills in academic writing and English linguistics (e.g. Master's thesis, term paper),
  • a proposal for the PhD or ‘Habilitation’ project (optional, no more than five pages

Your tasks

  • Preparation of a doctoral degree (PhD) or ‘Habilitation’
  • Independent research under the guidance of the working group lead
  • Support for research and teaching in the working group
  • Teaching classes of 2 SWS resp. 4 SWS (90/180 minutes) per week at the undergraduate level (e.g. tutorials or seminars in the area of Data Science and Linguistics and in introductory linguistics classes)

We offer

  • An engaging and inspiring work environment with one of the biggest employers in the areas in an international, interdisciplinary research environment
  • The opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree (PhD) or ‘Habilitation’
  • Participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL)
  • Access to the extensive university sports programme
  • Centrally located offices with excellent access to public transport
  • A salary based on the German 13 TV-L scale 

Your profile

  • University degree (Master’s) in English linguistics or a related subject and if applicable doctoral degree
  • Excellent command of English
  • Excellent academic writing skills in English
  • Willingness to learn German or previous knowledge of German
  • Experience in the area of linguistics and data science
  • Experience in any of the following areas is desirable: corpus linguistics, Learner Corpus Research, World Englishes, acoustic phonetics and the statistical analysis of language data (esp. with R and/or Python)

Diversity and equal opportunity

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore strongly encourages women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

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