[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] postdoc opportunity at SOAS, University of London in Tibeto-Burman linguistics

Nathan Hill nh36 at soas.ac.uk
Tue Sep 12 22:36:15 UTC 2017


Job Details
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Vacancy Number 001349
Location London
Campus Russell Square
Post Class Research
Department / Centre Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and
Inner Asia
Contract Type Fixed Term
Closing date for applications 12 October 2017

*Salary Range - £35,775 - £42,060 per annum inclusive of London Allowance*
*Full time (35 hours per week – 1.0 FTE) *

*This post is fixed-term until 31 August 2020 in principle, subject to the
availability of funds. The post is only guaranteed until 31 August 2018 in
the first instance.*

*The role and its responsibilities*

The Post-Doctoral Research Assistant will work closely with the Principal
Investigator on collaborative research projects and publications using
philological, comparative, and computational approaches to the languages
and linguistics of the Sino-Tibetan family, and will support the broader
aims and activities of the research project as a whole.

A high degree of computer literacy, ideally including knowledge of one or
more programming languages, is required. The appointee will have a high
degree of self-motivation and a demonstrable pride in the quality of
written work and research previously undertaken. The ability to keep
careful records and referencing is essential.

*Skills and experience*

PhD in linguistics or other relevant discipline, with a strong background
in historical linguistics and the comparative method (such as in
Indo-European or Semitic), is essential. The ability to code in one or more
computer language (in particular Python or Javascript) and knowledge of or
experience in working with a Sino-Tibetan language are highly desirable.
The applicant should have the ability to synthesise complex arguments and
write in bold and clear prose. Ability to read Chinese will be an advantage.

*Further information*

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Nathan W.
Hill, nh36 at soas.ac.uk or 020 7898 4512

*Competitive benefits package*

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package
• 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and additional School closure days
(pro rata for part time staff)
• Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
• Various loan schemes including season ticket and IT equipment
• Cycle to Work Scheme
• Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare
voucher scheme, financial support for childcare

*About the School of East Asian Languages and Cultures*

The School of East Asian Languages and Cultures’ (EALC) expertise in the
languages and cultures of China, Inner Asia, Japan and Korea covers one of
the oldest yet most dynamic and important regions of the world. Our
interdisciplinary degree programmes mean we have close ties with other
disciplines across SOAS, and with the SOAS China Institute (SCI), home to
the largest community of Chinese Studies scholars in Europe. An important
part of our undergraduate programmes focuses on language acquisition, and
our students and staff are required to develop and maintain a language
competence and literacy in the culture of their specialisation.

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please complete the
short online application form. Further information can be found in the Job
Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and

*Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be

*Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing 30 October

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the
application process, please contact hr-recruitment at soas.ac.uk.

*At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst
our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all,
regardless of personal characteristics or background.   *
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