25.3413, Jobs: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Zurich

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Subject: 25.3413, Jobs: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Zurich

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Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:53:52
From: Agnes Kolmer [agnes.kolmer at uzh.ch]
Subject: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

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 University or Organization: University of Zurich 
Department: Research Priority Program on Language and Space
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland 
Web Address: www.spur.uzh.ch
Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Language and Space
Job Rank: Post Doc; Researcher

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology 


Description:

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) on Language and Space 
at the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of a

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (75% FTE)

The URPP explores the interface between language and space with 
regard to (a) the distribution of languages and linguistic structures in 
geographical and social space (“language areas”); and (b) the 
embedding of speech in the spatial environment as shaped by 
perception, motion and action (“interactional spaces”). The URPP 
combines insights from dialectology, typology and interactional 
linguistics. 

The postdoctoral research fellow will develop his or her own profile 
and research agenda in coordination with the URPP board and the 
members of the URPP within one of the above mentioned interface 
dimensions between language and space (“language areas” or 
”interactional spaces“), for example with respect to issues of language 
contact and the areal distribution of linguistic features, regarding 
sociolinguistic aspects of the liaison between linguistic diversification, 
region, and social belonging or concerning the matter of multi 
modality of face-to-face interaction. The postdoctoral research fellow 
is also expected to participate in applications for third-party funding, 
to be active in the advancement of the core areas of research within the 
URPP and to collaborate with the linguistic labs (CorpusLab, GISLab and 
VideoLab), in which cutting-edge technology is employed to collect, 
process and analyze linguistic data. The position includes teaching 
responsibilities (a maximum of 2h/week).

Applicants must have a PhD in linguistics as well as publications in 
their field of specialization. Independent research experience in one of 
the core areas of the URPP is expected (minimum one year post-
doctoral experience). Applicants aim to develop a research career in the 
field of language and space studies, are expected to be experienced in 
empirical methods of linguistic research (collection and analysis of 
linguistic data) and to be interested in the interdisciplinary 
advancement of theories in the area of language and space. The 
candidate is also expected to have a keen interest to collaborate with 
linguists of very diverse backgrounds (e.g. dialectology, areal typology, 
interactional linguistics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, 
general linguistics, Romance studies, German studies, Slavic studies, 
English studies, Sinology). Apart from English, applicants must have a 
good command of German or be ready to acquire this during the first 
six months after taking up the position. 

Applications should include a statement of interest (letter of 
motivation), a description of the research you would like to pursue 
(extent 3 to 5 pages), a CV including a list of publications, a copy of 
the PhD certificate, and the names and addresses of two referees. 
Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to the application 
email below with the subject “Application PostDoc”.

Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2014. 

The position is available from January 1, 2015, but might be filled later. 
The duration of employment is intended to last four years.

For further information, please contact Dr. Agnes Kolmer (details 
below).



Application Deadline: 15-Oct-2014 
Email Address for Applications: info at spur.uzh.ch 
Contact Information:
	Dr. Agnes Kolmer 
	Email: agnes.kolmer at uzh.ch 
	Phone: +41 44 634 57 47



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