Postdoc Position in Linguistics

Gwendolyn Hyslop gwendolyn.hyslop at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 13 16:32:00 UTC 2011

One position is available.
Contact: George van Driem <vandriem at>
Institution: Linguistics Institute

A post-doc scholar is sought who will conduct a substantive programme of research in the greater Himalayan region, an area which may be construed as encompassing at least Central, South and Southeast Asia. This research is to lead to a Habilitation, to be defended in Bern. In addition to a share of the administrative duties in accordance with the prevailing norms, an integral part of the Assistenz involves teaching specialised courses in historical linguistics and inspiring students. The assistant will be expected to collaborate in the development of the Trans-Himalayan Database and constructively to participate in the various activities and research initiatives of the Linguistics Institute. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to facilitate, wherever possible, the research of Prof. Dr. George van Driem and, more particularly, of the PhD candidates of the Linguistics Institute working on the documentation and analysis of endangered languages in South Asia and adjacent regions.

The candidate should have a PhD in linguistics, in-depth knowledge of relevant Asian languages showing one or more areal specialisations. The  scholar should give evidence of having developed scholarly initiatives of international prominence and allure and should demonstrate a sense of  engagement in the international linguistic community.

Salary commensurate with the norms of the canton of Bern in view of an assessment of the credentials of the candidate. Moreover, Bern is a beautiful world heritage old town offering a high quality of living. The city is close to the mountains and ideal for hiking or skiing. The institute offers a stimulating international research environment and excellent facilities.

Start date: 1 February 2012  
Period: 3 years (potentially extendable to 6 years)  
Application Deadline: 31 October 2011  
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