[Lingtyp] Job posting: Postdoctoral Researcher in Linguistics

Lena Zipp lena.zipp at uzh.ch
Tue Dec 13 14:13:11 UTC 2022

The Department of Comparative Language Science of the University of Zurich is inviting applications for a 4-year Postdoctoral Researcher position associated with the Swiss National Science Foundation-funded research project 'Reference production and the evolution of agreement', to commence in April 2023. The project is to investigate reference production across diverse languages through corpus-based quantitative methods with the goal of discerning functional, structural and other factors impacting the use of person forms. In doing so, the project seeks to identify factors underlying the emergence of person agreement that have for a long time been related to increased use of overt person forms at an early stage of the putative process of grammaticalisation. While the project will seek to include a wide range of typologically diverse languages, Iranian and Oceanic languages form a special focus of interest. For more information on the project, see https://www.comparativelinguistics.uzh.ch/en/CorTyp.html .
The Department of Comparative Language Science at the University of Zurich plays an important role in the activities of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language Evolution<https://www.isle.uzh.ch/en.html> (ISLE) and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language<https://evolvinglanguage.ch/>, and fosters a vibrant research environment that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. We offer a varied and interesting work and research environment. Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Your responsibilities:
The postdoctoral researcher will take active part in day-to-day developments of the project, including in the processing of corpus data and their analysis as well as the dissemination of research outputs. They will also take part in the supervision of data processing by RAs and play an instrumental role in research designs as well as co- and lead-authorship of research articles. The appointment also offers ample opportunity for the postdoctoral fellow to further develop their own research portfolio.
Your profile:
The successful candidate will have a PhD in linguistics or computatonal linguistics (in hand at time of appointment) and experience in quantitative corpus linguistics. Ideally, they will also have some prior experience with spoken-language corpus data from diverse languages, including other than Western European languages. The ideal candidate will also have first-hand experience with computational methods in machine learning (and/or related fields) and probabilistic modelling of corpus data.
In addition to a strong record of academic output in the form of published research articles (relative to career stage), the successful candidate is expected to bring to the project excellent communicative skills and the ability to work closely with other team members and members of the department as a whole, who come with a large variety of academic, cultural and academic backgrounds.

Start of employment: 01.04.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.
We will commence reviewing applications on 16 January 2023, apply by this date to ensure full consideration.
To apply for this position, compile the following documents into a single PDF file and email to stefan.schnell at uzh.ch:
•              cover letter (max. one page, brief outline of academic background)
•              CV
•              list of publications
•              research statement (no more than 2000 words, addressing prior experience and motivation for joining this project in connection with envisioned development of individual research agenda)
•              contact information for two referees
To enquire about this position contact stefan.schnell at uzh.ch<mailto:stefan.schnell at uzh.ch> .

Dr. Lena Zipp | Coordinator | Distributional Linguistics Lab | Department of Comparative Language Science | UZH

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