LINGUIST List 31.1549

Thu May 07 2020

Jobs: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax: Post Doc, Universitaet Leipzig

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Date: 06-May-2020
From: Fabian Heck <>
Subject: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax: Post Doc, Universitaet Leipzig, Germany
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University or Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
Department: IGRA
Job Location: Leipzig, Germany
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Grammatical Theory

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax


Leipzig University offers full funding for one post-doctoral researcher in any area of syntax, morphology and/or phonology and their interfaces. The post-doctoral research will be carried out as part of the graduate programme "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks'' (IGRA) at the University of Leipzig (, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The position is funded for 2 and a half years, with social benefits (payscale: 1.0 TVL-E13).

The central research focus of IGRA is on the phonology, morphology, and syntax of natural languages. Recent developments in grammatical theory have accumulated an impressive body of knowledge about the representations of linguistic expressions of varying complexity, and about the grammatical building blocks (rules, operations, constraints, schemata, extralinguistic factors) that restrict their distributions. In addition, there are some plausible hypotheses as to how these building blocks interact with one another. However, what is so far lacking is a comprehensive and systematic investigation of the possible interactions of grammatical building blocks from different theoretical perspectives, on the basis of detailed empirical studies of phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena from an array of typologically diverse languages. It is the primary goal of the IGRA graduate programme to address this gap.

The post-doctoral candidates are encouraged to pursue research that is based on different grammatical models (and potentially also on combinations thereof), such as Minimalist Program, Optimality Theory, Rule-Based phonology, Distributed Morphology, Lexical Decomposition Grammar, Construction Grammar, Minimalist Morphology, or Paradigm-Function Morphology. The programme will provide a unique opportunity of conducting linguistic research in an academically rigorous environment that is not pre-biased toward one or other theoretical framework. Detailed information about the research programme, including a list of the programme's faculty and a list of potential dissertation topics, can be found here:

Application Requirements:

Ideal candidates have a proven research record in grammatical theory, peer-reviewed publications, and international visibility. Researchers from international backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. Prior knowledge of German is not required. Applicants should have a PhD in linguistics, with degree in hand latest by September 1, 2020. The position starts on September 1, 2020.

Supporting Documents:

- Statement of purpose (up to 2 pages) that clarifies the research interests of the applicant and details the nature of the project the candidate intends to pursue within the post-doctoral position, with particular focus on how this will fit in with the larger research goals of the IGRA research programme: written in English or German.
- Two representative samples of research work
- Two letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a full list of publications
- Copy of PhD degree (if available).

All supporting documents for the application should be emailed electronically as pdf files to Fabian Heck at the application email provided below with the subject line: igra. The recommendation letters should be emailed directly to this address by the referees.

Application Deadline: 30-Jun-2020

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Fabian Heck

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