LINGUIST List 29.2837

Mon Jul 09 2018

Jobs: Ancient Greek Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics: Postdoc, University of Cologne

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Date: 08-Jul-2018
From: Anna Bonifazi <>
Subject: Ancient Greek Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics: Postdoc, University of Cologne, Germany
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University or Organization: University of Cologne
Department: Linguistics, Historical and Comparative
Job Location: Cologne, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoc Postiion

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Pragmatics; Ancient Greek Linguistics


The Department of Linguistics, section “Historical and Comparative Linguistics” at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne invites applications for a postdoctoral position.

Commencement of employment is scheduled for 1st October 2018. The postdoc position offered is fulltime with weekly working time of 39,83 hours (100%) and is a fixed-term work contract ending on 30 September 2021, with the possibility of renewal through 2024. The position is remunerated in accordance with the German university pay grade 13 TV-L.

Activity description:
The appointee carries out research advancing current investigations on pragmatic and/or cognitive aspects of literary texts, along with their theoretical underpinnings and their relevance to language use in other literatures. Research may focus on ancient Greek literature or on comparative analyses encompassing other ancient IE languages or modern languages. Topics may include, among others, the pragmatics and/or cognitive poetics of individual grammatical features/constructions, the interface between syntax, prosody, and pragmatics in the segmentation of discourse, the influence of oral traditions in shaping literary genres, the intersection between language and its performative dimension, and literary multimodality.

The teaching load consists in two courses per semester (4 week-hours).

Responsibilities include participating in the elaboration and implementation of collaborative projects, mentoring/supervising undergraduate students, and carrying out some administrative/organizational tasks.

The appointee develops ideas and identifies fruitful research paths autonomously; s/he gets engaged in collaborative projects, and is a good team player.

Required qualifications:
- PhD degree in historical linguistics, or in comparative linguistics, or in comparative literature, or in classics with interest in linguistics;
- High-profile publications and international research experience;
- Excellent command of spoken and written English;
- Experience in mentoring or supervising undergraduate students.

Applications (in English or German) should include a letter explaining the applicant’s interests and suitability for the position, a research statement (max. 2 pages), a CV including publications, a 20-30 pages writing sample, a copy of the PhD degree certificate, and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees.
Applications should be sent in PDF format to the application email provided below.

The University of Cologne is an equal opportunity employer. Applications by women and by persons with disabilities are encouraged.

Interviews will be held in the fourth week of August.

Application Deadline: 12-Aug-2018

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Anna Bonifazi

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