LINGUIST List 29.1058

Wed Mar 07 2018

Jobs: Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, Utrecht University

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 07-Mar-2018
From: Bert Le Bruyn <>
Subject: Pragmatics; Semantics: Post Doc, Utrecht University, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Utrecht University
Department: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
Job Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Web Address:
Job Title: Post-Doc (0,8 FTE, 3 years) in the project ‘Time in Translation'

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Pragmatics; Semantics

Required Language(s): Germanic


You will be participating in the project Time in Translation: a semantics of the Perfect (TinT). This project is funded by NWO, by way of a Vrije Competitie project awarded to Prof. dr. Henriëtte de Swart and dr. Bert Le Bruyn at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The project aims to develop the meaning of the present perfect. We will collect data from 5 languages (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) in parallel corpora, and analyse perfect use in relation to other verbal tense forms both at the sentence and at the discourse level. Translation experiments will be used to check the space of variation in choosing one form over another.

TinT offers two PhD positions and one postdoc position. One PhD position has been filled and we are currently hiring a PhD and Post-Doc. This ad is about the Post-Doc position as it was originally defined. We invite candidates to have a look at the project website ( for a description of the full project as tasks within the project can be worked out further, expanded and shifted between the project members based on their expertise, own research ideas, ... The project is a real team effort.

The Post-Doc will be working on the subproject ‘Truth-conditional and dynamic semantics of the perfect’. S/he is the theoretical driving force of the project and will lay the groundwork for the project’s semantic analyses of the Perfect – both truth-conditional and dynamic. S/he will closely collaborate with the PhD candidates and the PIs.

Tasks for the Post-Doc will include:
- Collaboration with the PhDs and the PIs;
- Presentations at workshops and conferences;
- Publication of four peer-reviewed articles, partly in collaboration with other project members;
- Co-organization of workshops and conferences;
- Teaching

Requirements for the Post-Doc:
- PhD in linguistics, with a focus on semantics and pragmatics, prior experience with discourse theory, inquisitive semantics, corpus research and/or experiments welcome;
- Ability to perform and publish high quality research, demonstrated for instance by a strong publication record in international peer-reviewed journals;
- Excellent English oral proficiency, academic writing and presentation skills;
- Fluency in at least two languages of the project besides English (Dutch, German, French, Spanish);
- Excellent organizational, social and communication skills.

The successful postdoc candidate will be appointed on a fixed-term full-time basis (38 hours per week/0,8 FTE), starting 1 June 2018 or soon thereafter. The appointment is for a period of 36 months, with a one-year initial trial period. The gross monthly salary is based on scale 10 (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. More information is available here: terms of employment.

If interested in applying for the advertised position, please submit digital copies of the following documents through the application website:
- a letter of motivation;
- a research statement of 1500 to 2000 words, explaining why and how you plan to conduct this research;
- a CV;
- names and full contact details of two academic referees.

A link to the application website will be added to the project’s website ( as soon as possible.

Interviews, live or by videoconference, will be held in the week of April 9.

Application Deadline: 02-Apr-2018

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Dr. Henriëtte de Swart

Page Updated: 07-Mar-2018