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Thu Aug 23 2018

Support: English; German; Discourse Analysis: PhD, University of Zurich

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Date: 22-Aug-2018
From: Raffaela Zaugg <>
Subject: English; German; Discourse Analysis: PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Institution/Organization: University of Zurich
Department: URPP Language and Space
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Discourse Analysis
Multimodal Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics
Required Language(s): English (eng)
German (deu)


Open PhD position in the area of Conversation Analysis/Interactional
Linguistics with a Focus on Language and Space, Multimodality.

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space at the
University of Zurich (UZH) seeks to hire a PhD researcher by November 1, 2018.

The URPP Language and Space studies a wide range of phenomena resulting from
the complex interrelations between language and space. The URPP focuses both
on the ways people anchor their interaction in a specific physical environment
(accessible through perception), as well as movement, action and the
distribution of language(s) in geographical and social space. Within the
Language and Space project, experts from various subject areas (e.g. English
studies, German studies, Romance studies, Slavic studies, Sinology,
computational linguistics, general linguistics) engage in research
collaborations and there is close cooperation between the URPP and the UZH
GIScience Center (Geographic Information Systems, See for further

The URPP is seeking applicants for a PhD project that will study the
relationship between interaction and space, using video and/or eye-tracking
data, through methodologies informed by conversation analysis and
interactional linguistics. The PhD candidate will work in the VideoGroup, one
of three groups within the Language and Space Lab (the others are TextGroup
and GISGroup). In addition to her/his own doctoral research, the successful
candidate will also advise and support URPP projects that involve the
application of video and eye-tracking technology. In return, we offer an
innovative research setting, excellent working conditions, and intensive
supervision by an interdisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will have above-average grades, hold an MA or
equivalent degree in the field of linguistics, and wish to specialize in the
area of multimodal conversation analysis/interactional linguistics.
Familiarity with the collection and analysis of video or eye-tracking data is
highly desirable. Experience with software for transcription, annotation and
management of video corpora is a plus, as is a general interest in
cutting-edge methodology for the collection, elicitation and analysis of
linguistic data. Applicants must have a good command of German and English or
be ready to acquire this during the first six months after taking up the

For further questions, please contact Wolfgang Kesselheim, at the contact
information provided below.

Please send your complete application (curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page outline of
your planned dissertation project, and university certificates or transcripts)
as a single PDF document, and with “PhD VideoGroup” as your email subject
line, to the application email provided below by September 23, 2018. The
position will start no earlier than November 1, 2018 with an initial contract
for two years and the possibility of extension for an additional year.

Application Deadline: 23-Sep-2018

Email Address for Applications:

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
PD Dr. Wolfgang Kesselheim

Page Updated: 23-Aug-2018