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Senior Researcher in the area of multilingualism research/ didactics of multilingualism (Focus: project “One School, many languages” - SMS 2.0)

In 2012, the project "One School - Many Languages" was founded at the Institute of Applied Linguistics with the aim of investigating and promoting linguistic diversity in the South Tyrolean educational world. The project has worked towards an increased understanding of the presence of and the approaches to linguistic diversity in South Tyrolean schools, towards establishing the perception of diversity as an enrichment, towards raising both students' and teachers' language awareness and towards consolidating multilingualism as a general educational goal. The focus has been on the question of how an appreciation of all languages, a promotion of the school languages and first languages as well as language awareness can succeed within the framework of an inclusive education. Based on current institutional and socio-political needs and modern approaches to didactics of multilingualism, project members have been developing school workshops, training modules and materials for appropriate, language-conscious and language-aware teaching in school classes with increasing linguistic heterogeneity.

The tasks of the prospective senior researcher include the collection, analysis and documentation of scenarios of language acquisition, language learning and language teaching as well as the monitoring and evaluation of corresponding projects in the intra- and extra-curricular area. The research results are not only to be incorporated into scientific publications, but also into the development of didactic materials and further trainings for teachers.



  • Collaboration in research projects in the area of multilingualism research and didactics of multilingualism at local, national and international level
  • Design and implementation of a study on the development of teachers' competences in didactics of multilingualism in the framework of the long-term initiative "One School – Many Languages" (SMS 2.0)
  • Preparation of scientific publications, participation in conferences etc.
  • Consulting and support of local educational institutions in the ongoing development of multilingual didactic activities and all-encompassing language curricula
  • Conception and organisation of conferences and workshops for the science community as well as advanced training for teachers and workshops for pupils
  • Acquisition of third-party funding in the above-mentioned thematic areas
  • Raising awareness of the value of multilingualism and linguistic diversity through public relations and science communication between actors in research, education, politics, the media and economy
  • Support with organisational and administrative activities of project work
  • Participation in general tasks at the institute



  • PhD (or equivalent academic achievement) in linguistics, educational science or related disciplines
  • Relevant research/work experience in one or more of the following areas: migration and languages, multilingualism and didactics of multilingualism, teacher training, survey and/or corpus-linguistic description of language competences, learner corpus research
  • Competences in the application of quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research
  • Competences in German and Italian (first language or near first language level in one of the two languages and good competence in the second language or willingness to develop this into a working language), plus good competence in English; knowledge of another language is an advantage
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Very good computer skills (especially word processing, spreadsheets, content management systems like Wordpress)
  • Experience in the acquisition of external funding and in project management would be an advantage


We offer:

  • 2-year full-time position (with the prospect of renewal), on-site presence required                                                             
  • Start date: at the earliest possible time                                                                                                  
  • Possibility of participation in follow-up projects
  • Integration in an interdisciplinary and multilingual environment
  • Collaboration in an international team
  • Further training opportunities
  • Collaboration at a research centre with the award "Great Place to Work" (2019)


How to apply:

Please send your application documents (detailed letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and other relevant documents) by 24.04.2020 by e-mail and with the reference "SMS 2.0" to linguistics@eurac.edu:


Eurac Research
Institute for Applied Linguistics

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: linguistics@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 142


For further information please contact Sabrina Colombo: Tel: +39 0471 055 142

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