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Level: PhD
Duty: Research,Project Work
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Application Deadline: 23-Mar-2014
Supporting Institution: University of Zurich
URPP Language and Space
LL Issue: 25.293
Posted: 16-Jan-2014
Support Description: The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space focuses on communication as linked to physical, social and perceptual space, through research on dialect/language contact as well as on interactional situations. The URPP approaches relations between language and space with cutting-edge technology, combining insights from dialectology with language typology and interactional linguistics. Particular emphasis is placed on crossing traditional subdisciplinary boundaries and the URPP combines research in computational linguistics, geographic information science, general linguistics, Romance studies, German studies, Slavic studies, English studies, and Sinology.

The URPP is now seeking applicants for a PhD position which will focus specifically on issues of areal diffusion and language contact, using corpus/computational linguistic methodology. The PhD candidate will be expected to conduct research under the supervision of an interdisciplinary team.

The PhD candidate will work in the CorpusLab, one of three research laboratories set up as part of the URPP (alongside the VideoLab and the GISLab). Additionally to excellent dissertation research, the successful candidate will also assist in delivering support to members of the URPP in the area of corpus/computational linguistics. The PhD candidate will also be a member of a larger research group that focuses on areal aspects of language. For more information, see:

We are looking for a highly motivated original thinker with a desire to develop a career in research. In return, we offer excellent working conditions, a stimulating environment and Zurich’s high quality of life. Applicants are required to have completed a Master’s level degree in linguistics and/or computational linguistics. Basic programming skills, as well as a willingness to develop these further, are a prerequisite. Familiarity with corpus linguistic tools is desirable. Experience with building large text databases with web interfaces as well as additional experience with annotation tools and normalization of non-standard data are a plus. Apart from English, applicants must have a good command of German or be ready to acquire this during the first six months after taking up the position.

Send curriculum vitae, a personal statement, an outline of the planned dissertation in one page, transcripts, and contact details for two referees (including e-mail addresses) in a single PDF document, and with reference “CorpusLabPhD”, to info Linguist List by 23.3.2014. For further questions, please contact Agnes Kolmer at agnes.kolmer Linguist List
Application Mailing Address: Dr. Agnes Kolmer Universität Zürich, UFSP Sprache und Raum Rämistrasse 42 Zürich CH-8001 Switzerland
Contact Information: Agnes Kolmer