LINGUIST List 29.1117
Mon Mar 12 2018
Jobs: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics: Post Doc, University of Zurich
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University or Organization: University of Zurich
Department: URPP Language and Space
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address: http://www.spur.uzh.ch/en
Job Title: Group Leader, GIS
URPP Language and Space
Job Rank: Post Doc; Researcher; Scientist
Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; GIScience, Computer Science,
The position is associated with the
URPP Language and Space and hosted within the GIScience Center (http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/gis.html
of the Department of Geography at UZH. The position will start on 01 June 2018, or
as soon as possible thereafter, and is initially for 2.5 years, with an option of an
extension by another four-year period, based on performance and availability of
The URPP Language and Space has a focus on human communication,
which is inevitably linked to geographical and social space. The URPP approaches
relations between language and space with cutting-edge technology, combining
insights from linguistics, geography and the computational sciences. Research in the
URPP includes, but is not limited to, fundamental issues of language and space such
as area formation, boundary formation, language contact (including dialect contact),
language/dialect diffusion and finally the association of language with geography.
The GIScience Center is one of the premier academic centers in GIScience
worldwide and encompasses research groups working on topics such as language and
space, geographic information retrieval, movement analysis, large geospatial data
analysis, digital terrain modeling, geovisual analytics, and spatial cognition.
The group leader will develop her or his own profile and research agenda, and
will conduct research on the language and space interface in collaboration with
members of the URPP (e.g. on spatially related questions of language contact, areal
diffusion, or language in landscape description). The prospective group leader is
also expected to apply for third-party funding. The position includes the option of
teaching in graduate courses. The group leader will also coordinate services,
support and training for linguistic researchers of the URPP who seek to use
GIScience methods in their work. In this task, s/he will be supported by student
assistants and PhD students affiliated with the lab.
The prospective group
leader is expected to meet the following requirements:
- A PhD degree in a
relevant discipline, such as GIScience, linguistics, computer linguistics, computer
science, or statistics.
- A strong track record of research positioned at the
interface of language and space, including high-profile scientific publications, and
- The ability to develop and pursue an
individual research agenda, as well as an agenda for the research group.
strong background in advanced methods of spatial analysis, statistical modelling
(e.g. non-parametric statistics, Bayesian statistics, or machine learning),
geovisualization, and the automation of workflows for structuring and analyzing
- Ability and experience to teach at the Master’s level and to
develop new courses related to the portfolio of the GIS group.
- Proficiency in
English; knowledge of German is considered an asset.
- Experience in acquisition
of third-party funding is considered a plus.
- Experience in supervising
graduate students is considered a plus.
We are looking for a highly
motivated, original thinker with coordination skills, who might still be rather
junior but has the ambition to build up a successful research and service group. We
offer excellent working conditions, a competitive salary, a stimulating environment,
and Zurich’s high quality of life.
To apply, send your CV, publication
list, an outline of the research agenda you would propose for the GIS group, and
contact details for three referees (including e-mail addresses) in a single PDF
document via email by 22 April 2018..
Application Deadline: 22-Apr-2018
Email Address for Applications: bewerbungen
Prof. Dr. Robert Weibel
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