Associate Professor of Sociology of Language

University of Tartu Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics

Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics


Duties and responsibilities
  • Teaching at all levels of higher education, using up-to-date teaching methods and educational technology.
  • The Associate Professor of Sociology of Language will teach courses on topics related to sociolinguistics.
  • Supervision of students (primarily master’s and doctoral students).
  • The Associate Professor also has responsibilities in administration and development of teaching and methodology.
  • The Associate Professor will be expected to undertake supplementary training in skills related to teaching and supervision, R&D activities and management.
  • Teaching and teaching related activities make up at least 20% of the workload.
  • Participation in high-level R&D activities in the field of sociology of language and language policy and planning, incl. securing resources necessary for R&D and implementing contracts related to R&D.
  • R&D activities are up to 70% of duties, therefore internationally recognized research in the volume equivalent to that of at least one doctoral thesis is required in five years (at the workload of 1,0).
  • If necessary, supervision of R&D activities of academic staff.
  • Participation in the activities of Estonian and international research organizations and in the work of the editorial boards of recognized research journals, organizing international conferences, participation in Estonian and international expert groups.
  • Contributions to the development of specialist terminology.
  • Participation in the work of academic and administrative decision-making bodies and performing at least one managerial task are recommended.
  • Popularization of the field of specialization and participation in activities for promotion and application of the field of specialization at the national or international level.
Required qualifications
PhD or an equivalent qualification.
Required experience
  • Ability to organize and carry out teaching at all levels of higher education.
  • Previous teaching experience in at least the first two levels of higher education, incl. effective supervision of master’s or doctoral students.
  • Experience in creating study and teaching materials for institutions of higher education.
  • Knowledge of modern teaching and learning environments and methodologies and opportunities for their development.
  • Ability to direct a research theme and supervise academic staff involved.
  • Research on language in society and publications on corresponding topics in peer reviewed journals.
  • Internationally recognized, professional research output equivalent in volume to at least two doctoral theses.
  • Ongoing active engagement in research: internationally recognized research amounting to at least a volume equivalent to one doctoral thesis in the last five years.
  • Successful applications for research funding and performing R&D contracts in the last five years.
  • Experience in the social science methodology and methods and in quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Participation in the work of the international community in the field of specialization, incl. participation in the work of professional associations or international R&D projects, work on the editorial boards of research publications or as a reviewer, work as an expert in foreign institutions, organizing international research conferences.
  • Experience in application and popularization of theoretical knowledge is recommended.
  • Experience in team or project management.
  • Participation in activities related to the promotion and implementation of the field of specialization at the institutional, national or international level.
Required language skills
Excellent command of Estonian and English. Knowledge of any other language of the European Union and Russian is beneficial.

Starting at
Salary is negotiable, minimum 950 euros (gross) per month (workload 0,5), remuneration based on UT Salary Rules.
Additional info
Professor Liina Lindström, Head of the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics (liina.lindstrom [ät], +372 513 8446).