LINGUIST List 31.1466

Tue Apr 28 2020

Jobs: Comp Ling; Gen Ling; Lang Doc; Text/Corpus Ling; Typology: Researcher, CNRS

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 25-Apr-2020
From: Tatiana Nikitina <>
Subject: Comp Ling; Gen Ling; Lang Doc; Text/Corpus Ling; Typology: Researcher, CNRS, Paris, France
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University or Organization: CNRS
Department: LLACAN
Job Location: Paris, France
Web Address:
Job Title: Research assistant

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology


Applications are invited for a 1-year full-time position of research assistant at LLACAN (CNRS, France). The appointment will be made at one of two levels: pre-doctoral, for candidates holding an MA degree, or postdoctoral, for candidates holding a recent PhD degree in Linguistics. The assistant will be associated with the project “Discourse reporting in African storytelling” and is expected to carry out a variety of assigned tasks, as well as pursue their own research project related to the project. Possible tasks include help with the analysis and annotation of existing data, checking data for errors, help with preparing data for online publication in the form of a searchable corpus. Possible own project may involve collection and analysis of data in a little-described language, development of an annotated corpus of narrative texts, or a typological study of phenomena related to discourse reporting.

The position is for one year. The monthly salary is around 1700 euros (pre-doctoral) or between 2200 and 2400 euros (postdoctoral), depending on experience and qualifications; standard social benefits are included. The preferred starting date is October 15, 2020, negotiable.

The position is open to candidates with the minimum of MA degree in Linguistics. The position is especially suitable for recent MA recipients wishing to develop an independent project that may lead them to pursue a PhD degree in the areas of linguistic typology or African studies.


- ability and willingness to work in a team;
- fluent English (some knowledge of French is an asset);
- previous experience with analysis of linguistic data;
- familiarity with ELAN, Toolbox/Fieldworks, Praat and/or computational skills;
- background in field linguistics (preferred);
- not currently enrolled in a PhD program (with the exception of candidates for the postdoctoral position due to graduate before the starting date).

The researcher will be affiliated with LLACAN, a vibrant community of experts in African languages and linguistics. LLACAN is conveniently located in the southern suburbs of Paris (reachable by metro and other public transport). Further information about the department can be found at .

The position is funded by a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 758232, PI Tatiana Nikitina). Detailed information about the project is available here: .

Applicants should submit a single .pdf file containing the following items:

- a letter of motivation;
- a curriculum vitae;
- a 2-page project proposal (optional for pre-doctoral candidates);
- up to two publication samples or recent drafts (including the MA thesis if available);
- the names of three referees who are familiar with the applicant’s research and willing to provide a confidential reference letter upon request;
- a graduate transcript or a statement on courses taken.

Please include “RA 2020” in the subject line of application emails.

The review of applications will begin on May 29, 2020.

Application Deadline: 29-May-2020 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Tatiana Nikitina

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