LINGUIST List 31.2816

Thu Sep 17 2020

Jobs: Language Documentation; Typology: Researcher, University of Zurich

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 17-Sep-2020
From: Lena Zipp <>
Subject: Language Documentation; Typology: Researcher, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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University or Organization: University of Zurich
Department: Department of Comparative Language Science
Job Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Web Address:
Job Title: Senior Researcher in Typological / Comparative / Descriptive Linguistics

Job Rank: Researcher; Senior Reseacher

Specialty Areas: Language Documentation; Typology; Descriptive Linguistics


The Distributional Linguistics Lab at the Department of Comparative Language Science of the University of Zurich ( invites applications for a (non-tenured) Senior Researcher position in typological / comparative / descriptive linguistics.

We expect applicants to have outstanding expertise in typologically-informed fieldwork and modern language documentation as well as a demonstrated interest in advancing linguistic typology. Applicants are furthermore expected to have a strong commitment to collaboration in the lab and the department more widely (also with more quantitatively-oriented research tracks) as well as with the National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language ( Also, applicants must have at least 3 years of research experience after obtaining their PhD.

The successful candidate develops a research agenda that relates to the general theme of the lab and complements ongoing projects. Senior researchers are expected to acquire external funding to start their own independent group for the duration of their contract (up to 6 years) and to develop suitable qualifications for tenured professorship applications.

The position (100% Oberassistenz, Canton of Zurich payscale) includes teaching obligations (1 course per semester, BA or MA level), supervising theses, and advising junior postdocs and PhD students.

The department places great emphasis on teamwork and on multidisciplinary perspectives. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential. We strongly aim at gender diversity, and we particularly encourage women to apply.

Applications should include:
- A cover letter stating your motivation and your vision for research and teaching,
- A CV with publication list, and
- The names of three references.

Review of applications starts October 25, 2020, and applications are accepted until the position is filled. Please send your application as a single PDF file to the application email provided below.

Questions can be addressed to the lab director, Professor Balthasar Bickel at the contact information below.

Application Deadline: 25-Oct-2020 (Open until filled)

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Prof. Balthasar Bickel

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