Postdoctoral Researchers in Linguistics
University of Zurich Department of Comparative Language Science

Department of Comparative Language Science

Postdoctoral/predoctoral researchers in typological/comparative/historical linguistics or in neuro/psycholinguistics
60-80 %

The Distributional Linguistics Lab at the Department of Comparative Language Scienceof the University of Zurich invites applications for 3-4 four-year postdoctoral or predoctoral positions in various projects on evolutionary patterns in syntax (clause linkage, hierarchy, case assignment) and phonology (rule/constraint domains), focusing on both universal and areal aspects and collaborating with neuroscientists, psychologists, biologists, and geographers.

Your responsibilities

Predocs are expected to finish a (cumulative) dissertation within 4 fully-funded years (60% FTE) and enrol in the Graduate School of the UZH Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Postdocs (80% FTE) are expected to take the lead on publications and move projects ahead in close collaboration with the lab director. Postdoc position includes teaching obligations of up to 1 course per semester (BA and MA levels).

Your profile

Applicants combine training in typological/comparative/historical linguistics or in neuro/psycholinguistics with a vivid interest to learn techniques from the other field. Familiarity with statistical methods are an important asset, but we also offer training and support on the job.

The lab places great emphasis on teamwork and on multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential. We also strongly aim at gender diversity, and we particularly encourage women to apply.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a CV (with course listings), one or two writing samples, and the names of three references. Review of applications starts February 15, and applications are accepted until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to Balthasar Bickel.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Place of work

Department of Comparative Linguistics, University of Zurich

Start of employment

by agreement

Further information

Balthasar Bickel

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