LINGUIST List 31.2923

Mon Sep 28 2020

Jobs: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics: Post Doc, University of Bern

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Date: 28-Sep-2020
From: Erez Levon <>
Subject: Anthropological Linguistics; 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: Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics


The Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS) at the University of Bern invites applications for a 2-year full-time (100%) early postdoctoral researcher position, to begin on 1 February 2021. The successful candidate will work with CSLS Director, Professor Erez Levon, to collaboratively design and conduct research on language variation, (elite) social class and embodiment in Europe. The specific language/location to be researched will be determined once the successful candidate has been appointed; preference will be given to candidates who can conduct fieldwork and variationist analysis in a language other than English. In addition to research work, the successful candidate will also be expected to teach 1-2 MA courses per semester (2-4 hours/week) and to contribute to the life of the CSLS in a more general way, for instance by undertaking appropriate administrative duties.

Applicants must have obtained a doctoral degree in sociolinguistics or a closely related field within three years prior to the start of employment. Expertise in sociolinguistic fieldwork and (quantitative) variationist methods are essential, including the use of relevant software (e.g., ELAN, Praat, R). Evidence of an existing research interest in language and social class, language and embodiment and/or language and social meaning is highly desirable, as is experience with teaching and project management.

For research collaboration and publication purposes, candidates should have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Teaching in the CSLS can take place in English, German or French. The administrative language of the University is German and Bern is a (Swiss)German-speaking city. Candidates who do not already have competence in German should be prepared to acquire functional German after arrival.

The position is full-time for 2 years, from 1 February 2021 - 31 January 2023. The salary for the first year is 87’925.50 CHF (approximately 81’000 EUR / 95’000 USD). For the second year, the salary is subject to a modest rise, in accordance with local government policy.

The University of Bern is an equal opportunity employer. Women and candidates from marginalised communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application materials should be sent via email as a single PDF document to Professor Erez Levon at the application email address by Friday 23 October 2020. Interviews (online) will take place shortly thereafter.

Application dossiers should include:
- A cover letter describing your prior qualifications and experience, including your interest in the stated research themes (variation, social class, embodiment)
- A current CV, including a list of publications
- Transcripts of prior qualifications (MA and PhD)
- A representative writing sample (e.g., publication, thesis chapter)
- The names and contact details of two academic referees (letters not required)

Questions and informal enquiries can be directed to the contact information provided below.

Application Deadline: 23-Oct-2020

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Erez Levon

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