LINGUIST List 28.942

Tue Feb 21 2017

Support: Dutch; English; Morphology; Syntax; Typology / Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 21-Feb-2017
From: Sjef Barbiers <>
Subject: Dutch; English; Morphology; Syntax; Typology: PhD, Leiden University, Netherlands
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Department: LUCL
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Leiden University

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work

Specialty Areas: Morphology; Syntax; Typology

Required Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)


The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL,, the institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a research project entitled Dutch Syntax in Comparative Perspective. The project will investigate the syntax of Dutch and its dialects in relation to the syntactic properties found in other languages. Goal of the project is to contribute to a general theory of natural language and language variation.

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:

- Conducting original research on a topic in the (morpho-)syntax of Dutch and its dialects from a comparative perspective
- Writing a PhD thesis
- Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals
- Presenting papers at (international) conferences
- Some teaching
- Organizing and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL

Selection criteria:

- A Master or equivalent degree in a relevant field (completion of the MA thesis before the PhD project starts, candidates near completion of the MA thesis will be considered)
- Demonstrable affinity with comparative syntax and the syntax of Dutch
- 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
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility) and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Employment will start at the latest September 1, 2017.

Appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on € 2,191.- in the first year up to € 2,801.- gross per month in year four. An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following documents electronically (in Dutch or English):

1. A letter stating your motivation for the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. A research proposal (2 pages)
4. References: the names and contact details (email addresses) of two persons whom we may contact for further information. One of these should be your MA thesis supervisor
5. Copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst)
6. Copy of your MA thesis, and any other publication in English that is representative for your research qualities

Please submit these documents in two files:
I – containing documents 1 to 5 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 1 as document name (e.g. BROWN_1.pdf).
II – containing document 6 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 2 as document name (e.g. BROWN_2.pdf).

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) no later than 20 March 2017. Applications should be sent to, clearly indicating the application number 17-059. The selection procedure will take place in March/April, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in April 2017. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Applications Deadline: 20-Mar-2017

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof. Sjef Barbiers

Page Updated: 21-Feb-2017