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LINGUIST List 23.3168

Mon Jul 23 2012

Jobs: Historical Ling; Indigenous Languages of the Americas: 2 PhD-students, Leiden Uni

Editor for this issue: Svetlana Tchistiakova <svetlanalinguistlist.org>

Date: 23-Jul-2012
From: Prof.dr Willem Adelaar <w.f.h.adelaarhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Historical Linguistics; Indigenous Languages of the Americas: 2 PhD-students, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Leiden University
Department: Leiden University Center for Linguistics
Job Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Web Address: http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/12-183-2-phd-students-in-historical-linguistics-.html
Job Rank: 2 PhD-students

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Indigenous Languages of the Americas


Leiden University has a longstanding tradition in research in the world's
languages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines current
theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile
area 'Language Diversity in the World'. For more information, see:

The candidate should have:
- A Master or equivalent degree in linguistics or a related field (completion of
the MA thesis before the Ph.D. project starts)
- Demonstrable affinity with historical linguistics and with indigenous
languages of the Americas
- A curious, enterprising, and creative mind and excellent analytical skills,
evidence of which should emerge from the MA thesis
- Good writing skills
- A very good and demonstrable command of English
- Fluency in Spanish recommended
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:
- Conducting original research (including field research and archival research)
on one of the following topics: a) The Mochica language and its external
connections (genetic and contact) or b) Languages of the Intermediate Area
(Colombia and eastern Central America) and their connections to
Mesoamerica and the Middle Andes
- Acquiring familiarity with traditional and innovative techniques in historical
linguistic comparison
- Writing a PhD thesis
- Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic
- Presenting papers at (international) conferences
- Some teaching in the second and third year of the appointment
- Organizing and participating reading and discussion groups, seminars,
workshops within LUCL and at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology in Leipzig

The employment will be for a period of four years (first contract of 18 months
with extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and
compatibility) and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Appointment
will be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the Dutch
Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on € 2,042 in the first year up to
€ 2,612 gross per month in year four. An appointment with Leiden University
includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual
holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%,. Candidates
from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the 'Leiden University Graduate School
of Linguistics'. In addition to thorough research training, our graduate school
offers a variety of courses aimed at training of professional and personal
skills. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are
offered by the national research school (LOT).

For application guidelines, please consult

For further information on these projects please contact: Prof.Dr. Willem
Adelaar, w.f.h.adelaarhum.leidenuniv.nl or on practical matters Gea
Hakker, g.c.hakkerhum.leidenuniv.nl

Applicants should submit their application before 1 September 2012.
Applications should be sent to vacaturesluclhum.leidenuniv.nl, clearly
indicating the application number. The selection procedure will take place in
October, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in the first
half of November 2012. You are kindly requested to be available in this

Application Deadline: 01-Sep-2012

Email Address for Applications: vacaturesluclhum.leidenuniv.nl
Contact Information:
Prof.dr Willem Adelaar
Email: w.f.h.adelaarhum.leidenuniv.nl

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