[Lingtyp] Doctoral Researcher in Linguistics

Lena Zipp lena.zipp at uzh.ch
Tue Dec 13 14:21:12 UTC 2022

The Department of Comparative Language Science of the University of Zurich is inviting applications for a 4-year PhD researcher position (60% FTE) 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 grammaticalisation process. 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 doctoral researcher will divide their workload between project-related tasks, including involvement in data processing and analysis, and their research towards the degree of PhD in linguistics. The topic of the PhD thesis (or cumulative work equivalent to a thesis) shall be determined upon commnencement of the candidature following discussion with the project leader Stefan Schnell and it should relate to the goals of the project. Within these specifications, the PhD candidate will be free to develop their topic in line with their personal academic and intellectual interests. Generally, the thesis topic can either be of a wider typological or a more areal nature, focusing in the latter case either on Iranian or Oceanic languages.

Your profile:
The successful candidate will hold a Master's degree (or equivalent, e.g. Bachelor's degree with Honors and above-average evaluation) in linguistics or a closely related field (as relevant to the project) and have a strong background in descriptive-comparative linguistics. The ideal candidate will also have experience with corpus linguistic work, in particular with small spoken corpora, and languages other than Western European languages, including in particular languages from the two focus areas.

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 (including publications, if any)
•              transcripts of MA courses (or BA if BA with Honours is highest educational level)
•              research statement (no more than 2000 words, addressing prior research experience (MA or other thesis, other research-related work, e.g. as research assistant) and motivation for joining this project)
•              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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