LINGUIST List 32.1790

Sat May 22 2021

Jobs: Semantics; Syntax: Post Doc, KU Leuven

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 21-May-2021
From: Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck <>
Subject: Semantics; Syntax: Post Doc, KU Leuven, Brussels, Belgium
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University or Organization: KU Leuven
Department: Linguistics
Job Location: Brussels, Belgium
Web Address:
Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher in syntax/semantics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: Semantics; Syntax


The Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (CRISSP) at KU Leuven invites submissions for a three-year postdoctoral position in formal linguistics for the project "Comparatives under the microscope" (COMIC). The full description of this project can be found here: This job posting corresponds to Work Package #3 and a part of Work Package #4 in that project description.

Your tasks include:
- Developing a compositional semantic analysis of comparatives, with a focus both on the comparative morphology of the adjective and on the syntax and morphology of the standard marker,
- Working towards an integrated analysis of comparatives that takes into account recent findings about the fine-grained morphological and syntactic distinctions found in comparatives and their standard markers,
- Co-supervising the PhD-students working on the COMIC-project. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will be expected to play an active role in the day-to-day activities of CRISSP and to participate in (the organisation of) reading groups, seminars, lecture series, workshops, etc. (See for an overview of our activities.)

- A PhD in linguistics, with a specialization either in formal semantics or in formal syntax. In both cases, your work should be demonstrably focused on the interaction between syntax and semantics.
- A curious, enterprising, and creative mind; excellent analytical skils
- A proven track record of high quality linguistic research
- Experience in (PhD-)student supervision and/or teaching experience is considered an asset
- Fluency in both written and spoken English
- An interest in relating intricate language patterns to advanced linguistic theorizing
- An ability to work both independently and to function in a group

CRISSP offers an environment where intellectual creativity and independence are encouraged to thrive. We foster the lively exchange of ideas, and provide strong intellectual, moral, and logistical support to our PhD students, postdocs, and other collaborators.

The position will start in October 2021. It is a three-year position. Remuneration is in accordance with the official Belgian scales for academic personnel and bursaries, which offer internationally highly competitive pay (see the KU Leuven jobsite for more information).

Instructions for application:
If you are interested, please apply via the KU Leuven online application tool found at the application link below no later than 16 August 2021. Include with your application a letter of motivation, a CV, a copy of your PhD-thesis, a copy of relevant publications, and the contact details of three professional references (name, affiliation, email, telephone number).

Application Deadline: 16-Aug-2021

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck

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