Postdoctoral fellowships in linguistics

Holger Diessel diessel at EVA.MPG.DE
Tue Sep 25 15:16:24 UTC 2001

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Postdoctoral fellowships in linguistics

The Department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for
Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig) seeks candidates for two two-year
postdoctoral fellowships in linguistics. 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 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 and the World Atlas of Language
Structures. The latter project implies an interest in questions of areal
typology, language contact and substratum effects. More information on
these and other projects is available on the institute's website (see below).

The 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 January 2002, 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
- Postdoctoral fellow position -
Inselstrasse 22
D-01403 Leipzig

fax:       +49 341 99 52 119
e_mail:   comrie at

Deadline for receipt of applications: 31 October 2001

The Institute's URL is:

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