[Lingtyp] Job openings @ Dept. of Comparative Language science at U Zurich

Widmer 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!

Paul Widmer



*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 
Indo-European languages/Indo-Iranian.

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 
diverse languages.

Research environment:

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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