Senior Research Fellow in Linguistics

Holger Diessel diessel at EVA.MPG.DE
Mon Sep 15 13:41:39 UTC 2003

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Senior Research Fellow in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) seeks candidates for one five-year
(non-renewable) senior research fellowship in linguistics. The candidate
should be able to make contributions to the department's areas of research.

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology studies human
diversity and human
origins in a multidisciplinary perspective. The contribution of
linguistics to this goal lies in the study of the history and prehistory
of languages (and peoples) around the world (especially non-European
languages), as well as the current diversity of human languages
(linguistic fieldwork on little-described and endangered languages and
language typology). The Department of Linguistics collaborates with the
Department of Evolutionary Genetics to  compare the evidence from both
fields for the prehistory of human populations. The largest current
collaborative projects of the Department of Linguistics are the
Intercontinental Dictionary Series, the World Atlas of Language
Structures, and the Project on Typology of Loanwords. More information
on these and other projects is available on the institute's website (see below).

The senior research fellow is expected to come with a flexible research
agenda that fits into the department's current foci. S/he should be
ready to contribute to collaborative projects, and s/he will have the
opportunity to propose collaborative projects him/herself. Regular
participation in the department's talks, seminars and workshops is
expected. Except for approved absences (e.g. fieldwork, conferences,
vacation), the place of work is Leipzig. The fellowship is available
from 01 January 2004, but a later starting date may be negotiated.
Senior research fellows must have their PhD in hand, and normally at
least two years of post-PhD research experience, before the starting date.

There are no teaching obligations, but the opportunity for teaching in
the linguistics program of the University of Leipzig exists.

Good knowledge of English is required.

Applicants are requested to send a C.V., statement of research
interests, two letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work
on a relevant topic to:

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Prof. Dr. Bernard Comrie
- Senior research  fellow position -
Deutscher Platz 6
D-01403 Leipzig

fax:       +49 341 35 50 333
e_mail:   comrie at

Deadline for receipt of applications: 31 October 2003

The Institute's URL is:

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