Post-doctoral research fellow in Linguistics
Ghent University, Department of Linguistics

Post-doctoral research fellow

Last application date
Jun 01, 2018 14:38
LW06 - Department of Linguistics
Limited duration
Doctoral degree in Classics
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description


Whereas linguistics has a firmly established descriptive tradition when it comes to describing variation, typography (referring to the visual organization of written language, however it is produced) does not. As a post-doctoral fellow, your task will be to develop such a framework, focusing on both micro- and macro-level aspects of typography. An important part of the analysis will deal with the relevance of typographical variation (at both the micro- and the macro-level) to express social meanings. You will largely focus on Ancient Greek, but also extend the analysis to one or more of the other languages attested in the corpus (Latin/Coptic/Arabic), paying attention to contacts between different writing systems. The successful applicant will be expected to publish the results of his/her research in the form of a monograph and/or peer-reviewed articles. S/he will also play a leading role in managing the scholarly activities of the research group (creating and annotating the EVWRIT-database, organizing con­ferences, participating in joint publications, etc.), and assist prof. dr. Klaas Bentein in supervising the doctoral students. S/he should come and live in Belgium, and work closely together with the other team members, contributing to a pleasant and stimulating atmosphere.


Profile of the candidate


Applicants are expected to hold a doctoral degree in Classics or in a related discipline (e.g. Ancient History or Linguistics). In order to be eligible, applicants must have obtained their degree at the time of application or demonstrate convincingly that they will have that degree in hand by the summer of 2018. A strong command of Ancient Greek and at least one of the other languages attested in the corpus (Latin/Coptic/Arabic) is essential, as well as good paleographical skills, and the ability to extend a socio-semiotic methodology to a corpus of texts from Antiquity. An acquaintance with other Ancient languages, papyrology, and/or (historical/socio)linguistics will be considered an asset. Applicants should be fluent in English, and have good reading skills of the other languages relevant to the field (German, French, Italian).


How to apply

Applications should include (i) a cover letter outlining background and motivation, (ii) a writing sample (max. 10.000 words), (iii) two letters of recommendation, and (iv) a detailed CV. Applications for the post-doctoral fellowship should also include a one-page research statement (not including references). Applicants are invited to submit these documents (preferably as one pdf-file) to Klaas.Bentein@UGent.Be. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2018. A selected number of applicants will be invited for an interview in Ghent or a skype interview on June 11, 2018. The starting date is October 1, 2018, or soon after. For inquiries, please contact prof. dr. Klaas Bentein at the above-mentioned e-mail address. For more information, see

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