LINGUIST List 32.2600

Mon Aug 09 2021

Jobs: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax : Post Doc, Universität Leipzig

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Date: 08-Aug-2021
From: Jochen Trommer <>
Subject: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax : Post Doc, Universität Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
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University or Organization: Universität Leipzig
Department: IGRA (Research training group 'Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks')
Web Address:
Job Title: General Linguistics

Job Rank: Post Doc

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax


The University of Leipzig, Germany, offers full funding for one post-doctoral candidate in any area of phonology, morphology and/or syntax, and their interfaces (pending final funding approval). The post-doctoral research will be carried out as part of the graduate program "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 one and a half years (18 months), with social benefits (payscale: 1.0 TVL-E13).

The central research focus of IGRA is 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 graduate programme to address this gap.

The post-doctoral candidates are encouraged to pursue independent original research that is based on different grammatical models (and potentially also on combinations thereof), such as Optimality Theory, Rule-Based phonology, Minimalism, Distributed Morphology, Lexical Decomposition Grammar, Construction Grammar, Framework-Free Grammatical Theory, Minimalist Morphology, 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 are characterized by 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 October 1, 2021. The position starts on October 1, 2021.

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: in English or German.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a full list of publications
- Copy of PhD degree (to be handed in latest by October 1, 2021).

All supporting documents for the application should be emailed electronically as pdf files to the contact information provided below with the subject line: IGRA. The recommendation letters should be emailed directly to the same address by the referees.

Application Deadline: 01-Sep-2021

Email Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Dr. Jochen Trommer
Phone: +49-341-97-37633
Fax: +49-341-97-37609

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