LINGUIST List 25.5113

Mon Dec 15 2014

Jobs: Syntax: Post Doc, University of Vienna

Editor for this issue: Andrew Lamont <>

Date: 15-Dec-2014
From: Peter Hallman <>
Subject: Syntax: Post Doc, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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University or Organization: University of Vienna
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Vienna, Austria
Web Address:
Job Title: Post-Doc

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Syntax


Applications are invited for a post-doc position in syntax at the University of Vienna, Austria. This is a three-year position with a tentative start date of August 1, 2015. The candidate will contribute to the project ‘Parameters of Possession’ funded by the Austrian Science Fund, which investigates cross-linguistic connections between double object alternations and the syntactic expression of possession.

The project focuses on Arabic as an exemplar of the languages in which possession is expressed by a preposition supported by an auxiliary, where you say ‘An umbrella is to John’ for ‘John has an umbrella’, and builds on literature implicating a connection between this syntactic format and that found in the ‘prepositional’ double object construction, where you say ‘Mary gave an umbrella to John’ as an alternate of ‘Mary gave John an umbrella’. Familiarity with Arabic is therefore highly preferred for this position, though candidates familiar with another language that expresses possession in the AUX+Preposition format may apply. The working language of the project is English. Knowledge of German is not necessary but useful for life in Vienna.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in linguistics in hand by the start date of the position (which is somewhat flexible). Duties include research in theoretical linguistics, regular publication of research results and presentation at scientific conferences. Applications should be submitted by January 31, 2015, and must include: 1) a cover letter detailing any relevant qualifications, particularly any prior work in the area of the research project (either possession and/or double object constructions specifically or argument structure, case theory or other potentially related issues in general), 2) a curriculum vita, 3) at least one sample research paper, and 4) names and contact information of at least two potential referees.

Please submit applications through the University of Vienna Job Center (below).

The University of Vienna Job Center identifier for this position is: 5477.

The University of Vienna Job Center advertisement for this position can be viewed at:

Please direct any inquires concerning this position, including issues with the online submission system, to Peter Hallman, by email (address below), or by phone (number below).

Application Deadline: 31-Jan-2015

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Peter Hallman
Phone: +43-1-4277-41754

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