LINGUIST List 30.363

Tue Jan 22 2019

Jobs: German; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, University of Bern

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 22-Jan-2019
From: Adrian Leemann <>
Subject: German; Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, University of Bern, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Bern
Department: Center for the Study of Language and Society
Job Location: Bern, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: 80% postdoc position (5 years)

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics; Data science

Required Language(s): German (deu)


The project Language Variation and Change in German-speaking Switzerland (September 2019 – August 2024) – funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation – invites applications for a 80% (.8 FTE) early postdoctoral position in the area of computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, data science, phonetics, or a related area. The postdoc will work alongside the PI (Adrian Leemann), the PhD student, and two student assistants.

Project Sketch:
German-speaking Switzerland is known for its dialect diversity. Much of the existing material documenting this variation is outdated, however. In this cutting-edge, large-scale project, we study the dynamics of variation and change by collecting and analyzing phonetic, morphosyntactic, and lexical data from hundreds of localities across German-speaking Switzerland. The findings will bear on wide-reaching questions in research on language variation and change. Project start at the University of Bern (Center for the Study of Language in Society) is 1 September 2019.

Essential Criteria:
- Recently completed PhD in computational linguistics, linguistics (different philologies possible), sociolinguistics, data science, phonetics, or related area
- Demonstrable track record of independent research and strong publications
- If not German or Swiss German native, applicants should be able to speak at least English and be prepared to learn functional German in two years after arrival

Desired Criteria:
- Knowledge of statistical techniques used in variationist linguistics and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Good programming skills (e.g. SQL, Python, R)
- Working knowledge of database management and design
- Awareness of current issues in the study of language variation and change
- Experience with managing workload and deadlines – working both independently and with others – and of project administration and/or organizing conferences and meetings
- Proven collaborative, communication, and networking skills

The position is 80% (FTE .8). The salary ranges between 75’000 – 80’000 CHF / year.

Informal inquiries and applications (in one PDF document) should be directed to the application email provided below.

The application dossier should include:
- Cover letter describing qualifications and interest in project (no more than 1.5 pages)
- CV
- Official transcripts of education (MA and PhD certificates)
- Two letters of reference

Expected Timeline:
- 8 March: application deadline
- 1 April: notification and possible request to submit writing samples
- 15 April: announcement of shortlist
- First week of May: campus interviews in Bern / via Skype
- Mid May: announcement of result
- 1 September: project start at the University of Bern

Application Deadline: 08-Mar-2019

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr Adrian Leemann

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