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    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Research & Science
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      November 20,2021
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    PhD Candidate: The Predictive Validity of Language Testing for University First-Year Students (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

    PhD Candidate: The Predictive Validity of Language Testing for University First-Year Students

    • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
    • Gross monthly salary: € 2,434 - € 3,111
    • Faculty of Arts
    • Required background: Research University Degree
    • Application deadline: 10 December 2021

    You will join the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) of the Faculty of Arts where you will carry out research and write a thesis on diagnostic language testing. First-year BA students at Radboud University are subjected to a compulsory language test in English or Dutch, depending on the main language of the programme of their choice. This test assesses basic linguistic capacities with respect to, for example, usage, orthography, etc., as all students must have the necessary languages skills for their studies. Since the test has now been running for a number of years, we want to study its predictive validity and effectiveness: Does it predict study success? And what about the linguistic level of the BA thesis written at the end of the undergraduate programme? Are there certain parts of the test which are more successful than others?

    All test data from recent years are available. Under the supervision of Prof. Marc van Oostendorp and Prof. Rob Schoonen, you will study this data in a responsible way, contributing to our general understanding of the usefulness of testing and eventually to Radboud University's language policy. Your research should result in a number of publishable papers, which together will constitute your PhD thesis.

    You will participate in the Graduate School for the Humanities, which includes taking courses for approximately six months and providing six months of academic service to the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University, during which you can prepare yourself for a career after your PhD. In addition to conducting research, you will have some teaching duties within the Faculty of Arts. You will be part of the department of Modern Languages and Culture (expertise: Proficiency in the Dutch Language), where Prof. Marc van Oostendorp will be your supervisor.


    • You hold a Master's/Research Master's degree in a relevant discipline (or expect to complete such a degree before January 2022).
    • You have experience with empirical research methods in language testing or a related field.
    • You are fluent in Dutch and English, and have excellent writing skills.
    • Demonstrable research experience (e.g. published papers) will be considered an advantage.

    We are

    The Faculty of Arts is committed to producing knowledge with a significant scientific and social impact. With over 500 academic and support staff, we teach and do research in the fields of history and art, languages and cultures, and linguistics and communication, using innovative methodologies and working in close collaboration between the different disciplines. Our research is embedded in two research institutes: the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). We currently have approximatively 2,800 students, enrolled in three departments: the Department of History, Art History and Classics, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Language and Communication. We aim to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world, which is why we especially seek applications from candidates who bring diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills that will become an asset to our study programmes and research profiles.

    Radboud University
    We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

    We offer

    • Employment for 0.8 (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
    • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,434 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,111 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
    • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
    • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
    • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
    • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
    Additional employment conditions
    Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

    Would you like more information?

    For questions about the position, please contact Marc van Oostendorp, Professor of Dutch and Academic Communication at +31 24 361 62 72 or

    Practical information and applications

    You can apply until 10 December 2021, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Marc van Oostendorp. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
    • A letter of motivation.
    • Your CV.
    • A list of graded classes taken for your MA degree.
    The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 17 January 2022. The second round of interviews will take place on Monday 24 January. You would preferably begin employment on 1 March.

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