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Job Announcement: University of Bern

Historical Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Employer: University of Bern
Job Location: Bern, Switzerland
Title: Oberassistent / Assistent in Historical Linguistics
Rank: Post Doc
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Languages From the Greater Himalayan Region
LL Issue: 24.1411
Date Submitted: 26-Mar-2013
Job Description: A post-doc scholar is sought who will conduct a substantive programme of research in the greater Himalayan region, an area which may be construed as encompassing at least Central, South and Southeast Asia. This research is to lead to a Habilitation, to be defended in Bern. In addition to a share of the administrative duties in accordance with the prevailing norms, an integral part of the Oberassistenz bzw. Assistenz involves teaching specialised courses in historical linguistics and inspiring students. The assistant will be expected to collaborate in the development of the Trans-Himalayan Database and constructively to participate in the various activities and research initiatives of the Linguistics Institute. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to facilitate, wherever possible, the research of Prof. Dr. George van Driem and, more particularly, of the PhD candidates of the Department of Linguistics (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft) working on the documentation and analysis of endangered languages in South Asia and adjacent regions.

Starting date: August 1, 2013
Employment terms: 50% to 65%
The position is for 3 years (potentially extendable to 6 years).

The candidate should have a PhD in linguistics, in-depth knowledge of relevant Asian languages showing one or more areal specialisations. The scholar should give evidence of having developed scholarly initiatives of international prominence and allure and should demonstrate a sense of engagement in the international linguistic community.

We offer:
Salary commensurate with the norms of the canton of Bern in view of an assessment of the credentials of the candidate. Moreover, Bern is a beautiful world heritage old town offering a high quality of living. The city is close to the mountains and ideal for hiking or skiing. The institute offers a stimulating international research environment and excellent facilities.

Prof. Dr. Georg van Driem
Department of Linguistics
University of Bern
3000 Bern 9
Tel 031 631 80 06
Application Deadline: 01-May-2013
Application Email: click here to access email
Contact Information: Barbara  Neugel
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