LINGUIST List 29.290

Wed Jan 17 2018

Support: Romance; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, University of Cologne

Editor for this issue: Clare Harshey <>

Date: 13-Jan-2018
From: Aria Adli <>
Subject: Romance; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: PhD, University of Cologne, Germany
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Department: Institute of Romance Studies
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Cologne

Duties: Research,Teaching,Project Work

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics



The Institute of Romance Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne is looking to fill one PhD position (50 %) in Romance linguistics at the Chair of Prof Adli.

Commencement of employment is scheduled for 01st of April 2018. The PhD positions offered are part-time with weekly working time of 19,92 hours.

It is a fixed-term work contract ending after 2 years with the possibility of another two-year extension. If pay scale requirements are met, the position will be remunerated in accordance with pay grade 13 TV-L.

The research profile of the chair and the Sociolinguistic Lab includes the investigation of variation through combining theoretical and empirical studies. Relevant structural phenomena from formal key areas are studied via empirical data and quantitative methods, and useful empirical methods (e.g. corpus linguistics, annotation structure, data collection and analysis) are refined.

Areas of responsibility:
- The PhD should conduct independent research, within the field of the team's research profile to foster collaborations, and should be aiming to publish; at least one Romance language has to be the object of study.
- Teaching one class per semester in modern linguistics on the bachelor level (2 SWS = 90 minutes) with Romance languages as the main focus (including either French or Spanish) and covering formal key areas (syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics etc.).
- Independent collaboration in and conception of projects as well as participation in the day-to-day business of the chair and Sociolinguistic Lab including grant proposals, exams, workshop organization, literature review etc.

Job prerequisites:
- M.A. in linguistics or philology with emphasis in linguistics
- rounded training in formal linguistics
- proficient and documented language skills in at least one Romance language and expertise of linguistic phenomena in more than one Romance language
- knowledge of German; candidates without prior knowledge must be willing to gain a good command of the language within the first six months
- good communication skills & works well in a team to coordinate day-to-day-business in collaboration with the head of the chair
- knowledge of language variation and change as well as of empirical methods is a plus
- on-site presence at the University of Cologne upon recruitment

The application should include a two-page proposal for a likely doctoral thesis (covering the following areas: Research question, theoretical background, hypotheses, methods and linkage to research at the chair).

The University of Cologne welcomes diversity, is an equal opportunity employer and supports positive action in cases of candidates with equivalent qualifications. Applications by women and persons with disabilities and persons with migrational backround are strongly encouraged.

Applications should include a statement of interest (letter of motivation, academic CV, 2-page proposal for of PhD/research project, master thesis in pdf-format (and if available: a list of publications/given talks), copies of the relevant degrees/certificates, the names and addresses of two referees.

Applications should be sent in a single PDF file to the application email with the subject ''PhDLinguistics'':

The application deadline is 5th of February 2018. If you should have questions regarding the position please contact: Professor Aria Adli (

Applications Deadline: 05-Feb-2018

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Professor Aria Adli
        University of Cologne, Institute of Romance Studies
        Cologne NRW 50923

Contact Information:
        Aria Adli

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