LINGUIST List 23.3168

Mon Jul 23 2012

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

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Date: 23-Jul-2012
From: Prof.dr Willem Adelaar <>
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:
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'slanguages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines currenttheoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profilearea '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 ofthe MA thesis before the Ph.D. project starts)- Demonstrable affinity with historical linguistics and with indigenouslanguages 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 externalconnections (genetic and contact) or b) Languages of the Intermediate Area(Colombia and eastern Central America) and their connections toMesoamerica and the Middle Andes- Acquiring familiarity with traditional and innovative techniques in historicallinguistic comparison- Writing a PhD thesis- Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academicjournals- 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 EvolutionaryAnthropology in Leipzig

The employment will be for a period of four years (first contract of 18 monthswith extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities andcompatibility) and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Appointmentwill be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the DutchUniversities. 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 Universityincludes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annualholiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%,. Candidatesfrom outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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

For application guidelines, please consult

For further information on these projects please contact: Prof.Dr. WillemAdelaar,, clearlyindicating the application number. The selection procedure will take place inOctober, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in the firsthalf of November 2012. You are kindly requested to be available in thisperiod.

Application Deadline: 01-Sep-2012 Email Address for Applications: Contact Information:
Prof.dr Willem Adelaar Email:

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