[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Postdoc to decipher Pyu at the British Museum

Nathan Hill nh36 at soas.ac.uk
Mon Dec 1 21:12:25 UTC 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Please be aware of this postdoctoral research fellowship tenable at the
British Museum to compile a corpus of Pyu epigraphy and attempt its
decipherment. Please note that the deadline is Monday 29th December, i.e.
quite soon. Please distribute notice of this opportunity as widely as

*http://tinyurl.com/ERCpostdoc <http://tinyurl.com/ERCpostdoc>*
Research Assistant-Linguistics: Beyond Boundaries
Closing Date
*Monday 29th December 2014 12pm Noon*
Additional Information
Salary: £27,089 per annum pro-rata
Contract: Fixed Term - 4 years (Full-Time)
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a grant in excess of €7m to
support research into the histories, languages, religions and cultures of
Asia in the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries CE. The project is based in the
British Museum, the British Library and the School of Oriental and African
Studies. The project team consists of three investigators, seven research
assistants and a network of collaborators across Europe and Asia.

*Key areas of responsibility:*

• Responsible for assembling and transliterating Pyu epigraphic monuments.
• Responsible for deciphering Pyu by making use of bilingual Pyu documents
and comparisons to cognate Tibeto-Burman languages.
• Responsible for assisting in the study of proto-Burmish reconstruction,
particularly with the aim of providing a point of comparison in Pyu
• Responsible for the contributing to the development of online computer
tools in service of the preceding three responsibilities.
• Any other tasks as required of the role

*Person Specification:*

Candidates will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Asian linguistics or a
closely related subject. Additionally, the successful applicant will have
comprehensive knowledge of Asian linguistics and linguistic theory and
methodology, knowledge of Sino-Tibetan languages and a demonstrated
interest and capacity in relevant IT technologies. Applicants must have
strong organisational skills, an ability to conduct fieldwork in Asia,
demonstrated abilities in planning and writing scholarly publications, a
capacity to productively interact with research colleagues and an ability
to speak about their research.

*About the British Museum:*

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two
million years of human history and culture. With over 6 million visitors in
2013, the Museum is the top visitor attraction in the UK, and its
world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon
sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, supports a diverse workplace
and offers a competitive benefits package including:

• Membership of the civil service pension scheme
• Generous annual leave allowance
• Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
• Interest-free season ticket loan
• Child care voucher scheme
• Professional & personal development opportunities
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

If you are interested in applying, please follow the “Apply now” link below
where you will be directed to complete your application.

*Closing Date: 29th December 2014, Midday*

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at *bm at penna.com
<bm at penna.com>* or call *0845 601 1124*. Please quote the job reference
number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.
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