fellowship in linguistics at MPI-EVA Leipzig

Martin Haspelmath haspelmath at eva.mpg.de
Tue Apr 22 12:43:25 UTC 2008

Doctoral fellowship in linguistics
Postdoctoral fellowship in linguistics

The Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) seeks candidates for a two-year doctoral fellowship in linguistics (with the possibility of two 6-month extensions) and/or a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in linguistics (also with the possibility of two 6-month extensions). The candidates 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 and the Junior research Group on Comparative Population Linguistics to compare the evidence from linguistics and genetics for the prehistory of human populations. The largest recent and current collaborative projects of the Department of Linguistics are the World Atlas of Language Structures (http://wals.info/) and Loanword Typology. More information on these and other projects is available on the institute's website (see below).

Doctoral fellows should already have an MA in Linguistics or an equivalent qualification, and be either registered or qualified to register in a recognized doctoral program at a university or equivalent degree-awarding institution. Doctoral fellows have the possibility of obtaining their doctoral degree through the University of Leipzig (http:/www.uni-leipzig.de).

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to come with a flexible research agenda that fits into the department's current foci. They should be ready to contribute to collaborative projects, and they will have the opportunity to propose collaborative projects themselves.

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 fellowships are available from 01 October 2008, but a later starting date may be negotiated. Postdoctoral fellows must have their PhD in hand 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 - Doctoral/Postdoctoral fellow position
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

or by e-mail to: comrie at eva.mpg.de (in which case supplementary materials available only in hard copy should be sent ot the above mailing address).

e-mail:   comrie at eva.mpg.de
fax: +49 341 35 50 333
institute web site: http://www.eva.mpg.de

Deadline for receipt of applications: 17 May 2008

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