LINGUIST List 32.1575

Thu May 06 2021

Support: Phonetics: PhD, University of Neuchâtel

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 06-May-2021
From: Steven Moran <>
Subject: Phonetics: PhD, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Department: Institute of Biology
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Neuchâtel

Specialty Areas: Phonetics
Evolutionary Primatology; Bio-acoustics


PhD position in evolutionary primatology

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious PhD student to join the Swiss National Science Foundation project "EVOPHON: Evolution of Phonetics and Phonology" (Principle Investigator: Dr. Steven Moran). The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers working on the evolutionary origins of language.

We aim to shortlist applicants with an MSc or MA degree, a relevant training background (evolutionary biology, primatology, phonetics, linguistics, or similar), strong interest in animal communication and language, and (advanced) data analysis and scientific writing skills. Previous experience with (bio-) acoustic analysis is a strong plus.

The candidate will focus on analyzing and comparing nonhuman great ape calls. They will also have the opportunity to advance their computational and analytical skills during the project and become involved in teaching.

The PhD will be co-supervised by Dr. Steven Moran (University of Neuchâtel) and Dr. Adriano Lameira (University of Warwick). The position is based at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, with the possibility of establishing a co-tutelle with the University of Warwick. The position is fully funded for a maximum of 4 years.

Please email your application as a single merged pdf file (LastnameFirst-name.pdf) to, consisting of:
- A motivation letter (1 page)
- CV (1 page)
- Writing sample (3 pages max or published work)
- And contact details of two referees

Please use the subject line “EVOPHON: PhD”. Inquiries can be sent to the same email address.

Application deadline May 28, 2021. Start date negotiable. Latest start date, October 1, 2021.

PDF of call can be viewed at the application link below.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr. Steven Moran

Page Updated: 06-May-2021