LINGUIST List 28.666

Fri Feb 03 2017

Jobs: Indo-Aryan; Historical Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Zurich

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Date: 02-Feb-2017
From: Paul Widmer <>
Subject: Indo-Aryan; Historical Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Zurich
Department: Department of Comparative Linguistics
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Post Doc in Indo-Aryan linguistics, PhD in Iranian ling.

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Historical Linguistics; Indo-Aryan

Required Language(s): Iranian


The Department of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zurich invites applications for one postdoctoral in Indo-Aryan linguistics.

The position is embedded in the research project "The Evolution of Noun Phrases in Indo-Iranian: empirical foundations and theoretical modeling" funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. In this project, we aim at gaining insights into how exactly language contact, universal biases and chance effects play together. We do this by tracking the evolution of NP structures and their properties in a large sample of modern and extinct Indo-Iranian languages and compare them to their respective contact languages. We will use, and further develop, both qualitative comparative methods and quantitative modeling. Apart from the position advertised here, the project will be supported by a PhD in Iranian linguistics, and by a postdoc specialized in diachronically-oriented typology who will survey contact languages and a worldwide control sample. The team furthermore includes experts in quantitative methods and database technology. The project as a whole is embedded in extensive cooperation between typology and Indo-European linguistics at the department.

The profile of the position is as follows:

- The successful candidate has substantial knowledge and experience in historical-comparative linguistics. He/She collects the Indo-Aryan data and contributes to the comparative analysis of the data.

- The succesful candidate has excellent team-work skills and are eager to look beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries.

The position is offered for a period of three years. The position will be filled by September 1, 2017 at the latest.

Applications are expected to reach us by March 31, 2017, and should include a letter of motivation, the CV, a copy of the PhD thesis, and the names of two references.

Please send the documents in PDF format to Prof. Dr. Widmer (see contact information below) and to Prof. Dr. Bickel (see email for applications below), both of which may also be contacted for further information.

Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2017 (Open until filled)
Mailing Address for Applications:
Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel
University of Zurich
Department of Comparative Linguistics
Plattenstrasse 54
Zurich, Zurich 8032
Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Paul Widmer

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