LINGUIST List 30.1385

Thu Mar 28 2019

Support: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics;Typology: PhD, University of Zurich

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Date: 25-Mar-2019
From: Manuel Widmer <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics;Typology: PhD, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Department: Department of Comparative Linguistics
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Zurich

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Typology


The Department of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zurich invites applications for a 4-year PhD position in the Swiss National Science Foundation Sinergia Project “Out of Asia: Linguistic Diversity and Population History”, with an interest in language history and area formation. The project is a collaborative effort of linguists together with experts in geography and in the genomics of humans and domesticated plants and animals to unravel the origins of linguistic diversity that developed after the settlement of the Americas out of Asia.

The ideal candidate has an MA in linguistics, with a solid background in historical linguistics and typology as well as training, or at least a strong interest in, quantitative analysis. He or she is committed to work in a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic team of twelve researchers and further international collaborators.

Apart from their CVs, applicants should send
- A sample of their writing (thesis chapter, article),
- Names of 2-3 persons willing to provide a letter of reference, and
- A cover letter explaining their expertise and interest in the project.

We strongly aim at gender balance and particularly encourage women to apply. Applications should be sent as a single PDF to, with subject header “OoA PhD”. Application deadline is April 15, 2019. The starting date is September 15, 2019. For further information contact or

Applications Deadline: 15-Apr-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Prof. Balthasar Bickel

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