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John Peterson peterson at RZ.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE
Fri Oct 14 18:18:32 UTC 2011

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Historical Linguistics: Oberassistenz resp. Assistenz, University of  
Berne, Switzerland

Employer: 	University of Berne
Linguistics Institute
Job Location: 	Berne, Switzerland
Rank or Title: 	Oberassistenz resp. Assistenz
Linguistic Field(s): 	Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 	22.4020
Date Posted: 	13-Oct-2011

Job Description: 	Task:
A post-doc scholar is sought who will conduct a substantive programme of
research in the greater Himalayan region, an area which may be construed as
encompassing at least Central, South and Southeast Asia. This research is
to lead to a Habilitation, to be defended in Bern. In addition to a  
share of the
administrative duties in accordance with the prevailing norms, an  
integral part
of the Assistenz involves teaching specialised courses in historical
linguistics and inspiring students. The assistant will be expected to
collaborate in the development of the Trans-Himalayan Database and
constructively to participate in the various activities and research  
of the Linguistics Institute. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to  
wherever possible, the research of Prof. Dr. George van Driem and, more
particularly, of the PhD candidates of the Linguistics Institute  
working on the
documentation and analysis of endangered languages in South Asia and
adjacent regions.

The candidate should have a PhD in linguistics, in-depth knowledge of
relevant Asian languages showing one or more areal specialisations. The
scholar should give evidence of having developed scholarly initiatives of
international prominence and allure and should demonstrate a sense of
engagement in the international linguistic community.

We offer:
Salary commensurate with the norms of the canton of Bern in view of an
assessment of the credentials of the candidate. Moreover, Bern is a beautiful
world heritage old town offering a high quality of living. The city is  
close to the
mountains and ideal for hiking or skiing. The institute offers a stimulating
international research environment and excellent facilities.

Quota of working hours: 50% - 65%
Starting date: 1 February 2012
Fixed-term employment contract: 3 years (potentially extendable to 6 years)

"Neurolinguists beware! The bilingual is not two monolinguals in one  
person." Fran├žois Grosjean (1989)


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