Tailored opportunities: Three Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Language studies, University of Zurich


The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space at the University of Zurich seeks to hire three postdoctoral research fellows by September 1, 2018. The URPP explores the interface between language and space with regard to (a) the distribution of languages and linguistic structures in geographical and social space (“language areas”), and (b) the embedding of speech in the spatial environment as shaped by perception, motion, and action (“interactional spaces”). The URPP
combines insights from dialectology, typology, and interactional linguistics.
The postdoctoral research fellow will develop his or her own profile and research agenda in coordination with the URPP board and the members of the URPP within one of the following five research groups:
(1) Accommodation and Social Categorization, (2) Areal Morphology, (3) Interactional Spaces, (4) Spatial References, and (5) Systems of Nominal Determination in Contact. A research agenda could, for example, engage issues of language contact and the areal distribution of linguistic features, address sociolinguistic aspects of the relationships between linguistic diversification, region, and social belonging, or explore the multi-modality of face-to-face interaction. The postdoctoral research fellow is also expected to participate in applications for third-party funding, actively assist in the advancement of
the core areas of research within the URPP, and collaborate with the Language and Space Lab (with the units GIS, Text, and Video), in which cutting-edge technology is employed to collect, process, and analyze linguistic data. The position includes teaching responsibilities (a maximum of 2h/week).


Applicants must have a PhD in a discipline of linguistics as well as publications in their field of specialization. Independent research experience in one of the core areas of the URPP is expected. Applicants should aim to develop a research career in the field of language and space studies, are expected to be experienced in empirical methods of linguistic research (collection and analysis of linguistic data), and must be interested in the interdisciplinary advancement of theories in the area of language and space. The candidate is also expected to have a keen interest in collaborating with linguists with diverse backgrounds (e.g. dialectology, areal typology, interactional linguistics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, phonetics, general linguistics, Romance studies, German studies, Slavic studies, English studies, Sinology). Apart from English, applicants must have a good command of German or be ready to acquire sufficient competency within the first six months after taking up the position.


Deadline for applications is 1 May 2018.


Applications should include a statement of interest (letter of motivation), a description of the research you would like to pursue (3-5 pages), a CV including a list of publications, and a copy of the applicant’s PhD certificate. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to bewerbungen@spur.uzh.ch, with the subject “Application PostDoc.”

For further information, please contact Dr. Agnes Kolmer agnes.kolmer@uzh.ch

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

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