[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] PhD position: Information management in Tibeto-Burman

Pavel Ozerov pozerov at uni-muenster.de
Wed Dec 2 12:26:05 UTC 2020

Dear colleagues,

Please find below an opportunity for a PhD position, with an application deadline of December 18. Apologies for cross-posting.


The Institute for Linguistics at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a position of

Doctoral Research Associate (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)
(salary level TV-L E13, 65% FTE)

This part-time position (a standard PhD position in Germany) within general linguistics is funded for a three-year period. The successful candidate will carry out a fieldwork-based study of information structuring in natural interaction in a Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman) language.

The PhD project will be part of ongoing research at the Institute, which is dedicated to re-modelling Information Structure from a bottom-up perspective. The goal is to explore the attention- and knowledge-monitoring devices and multimodal interaction-managing strategies that contribute to information structuring in natural communication. The position forms part of the DFG-funded project on “Interactional Information Management” led by Prof. Pavel Ozerov (see https://www.uni-muenster.de/Sprachwissenschaft/en/forschung/Interaktionales_Informationsmanagement.html for a short summary).

The target language can be a Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman) language of the candidate’s expertise. Otherwise, a suitable language will be chosen, according to the project needs and the candidate’s qualifications (such as Karbi or Meitei, both spoken in Northeast India). The successful candidate will join a dynamic research collaboration with an enthusiastic international community of scholars working on languages from the Eastern Himalayan region (Northeast India and the neighbouring areas of Myanmar, Bangladesh, Tibet and Bhutan).

Münster is a medium-sized university town in north-western Germany with a medieval old town and a bicycle-friendly atmosphere. The Institute for Linguistics is located in the center of the old town.

The expected starting date of the position is 1 March 2021.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognized severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions, although some restrictions related to the access to the field-site may apply.

Required qualifications:
- master’s degree in linguistics
- strong background in functional, corpus-based linguistic analysis
- familiarity with research methods of spontaneous speech, preferably from an interactional perspective
- acquaintance with Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman) languages or other languages of South/East-Asia is desirable

Applications should include:
- a statement about research experience and interests
- your CV with a list of publications/talks (if applicable)
- a writing sample (the master’s thesis or a substantive term paper)

Application deadline: 18 December 2020

Please send all application materials, or direct any questions, to Pavel Ozerov at pozerov at uni-muenster.de

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pavel Ozerov
Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Münster
Aegidiistraße 5 48143 Münster, Tel.: 0251/83-24490

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