[Lingtyp] Job openings @ Dept. of Comparative Language science at U Zurich
paul.widmer at uzh.ch
Mon Mar 22 12:21:19 UTC 2021
There is a number of vacancies at the Dept. of Comparative Linguistics,
U Zurich, cf. below or
Please distribute and forward to anyone who may be interested!
*3–5 DOCTORAL/POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS (4 years) at the Department of
Comparative Language Science and the Center for the Interdisciplinary
Study of Language Evolution (ISLE)*
The Department of Comparative Language Science at the University of
Zurich and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language
Evolution (ISLE) invite applications for 3–5 4-yearjunior research
positions (Postdoctoral Researcher and/or PhD) in typology,
Indo-European linguistics, and first language acquisition. The positions
are embedded in the interdisciplinary research project ‘The evolution of
structural units in language’funded by the Swiss National Science
Foundation and the Gerda-Zeltner Fellowship program.
The main goal of the project is to explore the evolution of core
linguistic units over time, such as the transmission of various types of
word-like units (e.g. phonological and grammatical words or various
phrasal chunks). The project addresses this question in first language
acquisition across diverse languages, in patterns of language evolution
across typological samples, and in the history of Indo-European across
different areal contexts. The project combines large-scale corpus
studies with the analysis of typological databases and qualitative data
acquisition. The team is led by experts in first language acquisition
(Sabine Stoll), historical linguistics (Paul Widmer), and typological
linguistics (Balthasar Bickel) in collaboration with several postdocs
and senior researchers in the department.
The successful candidates will become part of a larger interdisciplinary
research team situated in the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of
Language Evolution <http://isle.uzh.ch>and the National Center of
Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language
The positions offered are open rank (PhD or Postdoc) in the following areas:
A: Indo-European linguistics, philology and historical linguistics,with
a strong interest in comparative/typological/evolutionary questions and
a solid background in qualitative data acquisition and analysis as well
as at least some experience with quantitative methods. Possible focus
areas are western Indo-European languages/Anatolian and eastern
B: Typology and areal linguistics,with a strong interest in comparative
and evolutionary questions. The ideal candidate has a solid background
in both qualitative and quantitative methods of typological, areal
and/or historical linguistics.
C: First language acquisition, with a strong interest in typological
variation, corpus linguistics and quantitative methods. Solid background
in a scripting language is required (preferred languages R or Python).
The candidate will work with the ACQDIV database including longitudinal
first language acquisition data (age range 2-4) of 15 typologically
We offer work in an interdisciplinary and international team located at
the University of Zurich. Researchers are expected to have a strong
commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork. Doctoral
students will be embedded in the Linguistics Doctoral Program of the
University of Zurich.
Postdoctoral positions include teaching obligations of maximally one
course per semester. Salaries correspond to SNSF pay scales. The
department places great emphasis on gender balance; we particularly
encourage women to apply.
Starting date: September 1, 2021
The positions are available until filled; we start reviewing
applications May 1, 2021.
For consideration please compile the following documents into a single
PDF labelled ‘LingUnits-YourSurname-Position.pdf’ (where Position is
either “A”, “B”, or “C” and “PhD” or “Postdoc”, e.g.
LingUnits-Meyer-A-PhD) and send to jobs at ivs.uzh.ch:
- a cover letter (motivation and qualifications, 2 pages max);
- curriculum vitae;
- contacts of two referees;
- writing sample (2 pages max, e.g. abstracts);
- for PhD applications also transcripts of bachelor’s and master’s courses;
- for Postdoc applications also a publication list and a dissertation
For questions contact paul.widmer at uzh.ch.
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