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LINGUIST List 20.1157

Mon Mar 30 2009

Jobs: Various Families & Various Subfields: PhD Position, Max Planck...

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        1.    Michael Dunn, Austronesian; Indo-European; Niger-Congo & Various Subfields: PhD Position, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Message 1: Austronesian; Indo-European; Niger-Congo & Various Subfields: PhD Position, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Date: 30-Mar-2009
From: Michael Dunn <michael.dunnmpi.nl>
Subject: Austronesian; Indo-European; Niger-Congo & Various Subfields: PhD Position, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Department: Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.mpi.nl
Job Rank: PhD Position

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Typology

Required Language(s): Austronesian
                                 Indo-European
                                 Niger-Congo

Description:

A Ph.D. Position is available in the Max Planck Research Group:
'Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture' at the Max Planck
Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The research
group 'Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture' is a small,
independent group funded by the Max Planck Society to investigate
structural variation in language and culture from an evolutionary
perspective. We seek a talented and motivated student to carry out a
mutually agreed research project in an area complementary to the interests
of the group.

The Ph.D. project will involve investigation of the determinants of
variation in one or more large language families, e.g. Austronesian, Bantu
and/or Indo-European (other families/regions can be considered on the basis
of data access). The precise nature of the project will be agreed in
collaboration with the successful candidate, but we envisage that it will
be interdisciplinary in orientation, encompassing some of the following
areas: Linguistic Typology, Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology,
Historical Linguistics, Phylogenetics.

The successful candidate will have access to the research group databases,
and will have the opportunity to participate in group projects. Technical
skills in computing (esp. sql, python, R) and statistics would be advantageous.

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is a vibrant research
environment in a charming university town. Nijmegen is situated 1.5 hours
from Amsterdam, and has easy access to Belgium and Germany.

The Ph.D. position is funded for 3 years (2 year initial contract with a 1
year extension). The research group provides fully equipped research
facilities, technical support and research assistance, as well as a
generous conference and travel budget, and support for possible fieldwork.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. The business of
the institute is conducted in English.

Applicants should send their CV, a short statement of research interests, a
sample of their writing, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least two
potential referees to the address provided below, and an electronic version
(pdf preferred) to Michael Dunn (michael.dunnmpi.nl). Further enquiries
may be sent by email.

Application Deadline: 15-May-2009
Mailing Address for Applications:
Dr Michael Dunn
Research Group Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Postbus 310
Nijmegen 6500AH
Netherlands
Email Address for Applications: michael.dunnmpi.nl
Contact Information:
Dr Michael Dunn
Email: michael.dunnmpi.nl
Phone: 0031243521181
Fax: 0031243521300
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