PhD Position in Language
University of Zurich

PhD Position in Language 

The NCCR Evolving Language ( invites applications for one PhD position to work in a project studying and documenting the use and the acquisition of Gurung, a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Western Nepal.

The NCCR is a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research with the goal of creating a new discipline, Evolutionary Language Science, that targets the past and future of language. The center consists of leading scientists from traditionally separated academic domains, which allows us to harvest the diverse expertise from the humanities, social sciences, computational sciences, natural sciences and medicine towards a broadscale interdisciplinary collaboration.

Your responsibilities

Employment is at 80 % FTE (including 10 % teaching assistant tasks). The position is a training opportunity and the successful candidate is expected to use the remaining unpaid 20 % for own further training and skill development. Further, the position requires fieldwork, i.e. the candidate will spend long periods in a remote village in Nepal to record children and adults and conduct experiments.

Your profile

The successful candidate has a background in linguistics and/or developmental psychology or language acquisition research. Familiarity with languages of Nepal, command of Nepali, fieldwork experience, and good data science skills and experience in conducting experiments are welcome assets. The candidate is expected to learn Nepali and Gurung in the first months of employment.

The NCCR Evolving Language places great emphasis on teamwork and multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential. Further, cultural sensitivity is a must.

What we offer

The position is financed up to 4 years, subject to yearly performance review; the PhD position leads to a dissertation under the main supervision of Professor Sabine Stoll together with other colleagues.

Further, cultural sensitivity is a must. UZH offers excellent opportunities and strong support for career development. Salaries are internationally competitive: Salary ranges, guidelines for employees in SNSF-funded projects SNCF salary ranges

We take gender balance and diversity seriously in our hiring decisions.

Place of work

The position is located at the Department of Comparative Language Science at the University of Zurich (UZH).

Start of employment

Start of employment will be June 1,2024 or upon agreement.

Please upload a cover letter that explains what motivates you to apply to this position, your CV, names and e-mail addresses of two references, and one or two samples of your work and your transcripts with grades in a single PDF. The name of the PDF should include your name and end in _GurungProject.pdf.

We will begin reviewing applications in May and keep the position open until filled.

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