University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space at the University of Zurich: PhD Researcher

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Language and Space at the University of Zurich seeks to hire a PhD researcher by September 1, 2018.

The PhD researcher will work within the research group “Accommodation and Social Catego-rization”. This group investigates linguistic accommodation in different situations: contact be-tween speakers of different dialects over a short and a longer time period, interactions be-tween children and adults in bilingual communities, and written communication in social media. The broader aim of this research is to shed light on the mechanisms of linguistic accommo-dation more generally, and to better understand which factors may favor or inhibit change in a situation of language contact (more information:

The goal of this particular PhD project is to investigate the development of accommodation in speech and language in early language acquisition, ideally in typologically diverse languages for which the ACQDIV corpus ( might be used. In speech and language development, the voice of the mother plays a large role in the early acquisition. We aim at understanding which characteristics of the mother’s linguistic input influence the early structure of a child’s vocalizations most and at which point and how accommodation to other speakers (other children or adults) develops. The project will combine a large-scale cross-linguistic corpus study combined with experimental speech studies. The project will be co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Sabine Stoll and Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo and will be in close colla-boration with the Psycholinguistic Laboratory and the Phonetics Research Group.

Requirements: MA in Linguistics, Psychology, Speech Sciences or related. Good understanding of quantitative methods in the analysis of speech and/or langu-ages with experience in one or more computational data processing tools or program-ming languages (e.g. R, Python, Matlab, Praat). Good understanding of the experimental analysis of speech and voice.

Desired skills and interests: Strong interest in language acquisition, speech and voice analysis, typology and cor-pus linguistics. Solid background in statistics is a plus. The successful candidate should have excellent teamwork skills and be interested to go beyond disciplinary boundaries.

We offer: An inspiring interdisciplinary and international team located at the University of Zurich. Access to a large network of international collaborators. Interdisciplinary supervision of the project leading to the degree of PhD.

Application: (i) a motivation letter in which you describe why you are the right candidate for this posi-tion. (ii) a comprehensive CV. (iii) a copy of the MA thesis. (iv) the names and contact information of at least two referees. (v) a code sample of your programming skills (URL or attachment). (vi)deadline: May 15, 2018.

Please send the documents combined into one PDF file (apart from MA thesis) to and, both of which may be contacted for further information.

The position will start not earlier than September 1, 2018 with an initial contract for two years and possible extension for another year.

University of Zurich, URPP Language and Space, Freiestrasse 16, CH-8032 Zurich, Phone: +41 44 634 57 47, E-mail:, Website:

Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig: Academic assistant position

The Institute of African Studies at the Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies at the University of Leipzig offers an:

Academic assistant position
(temporary position for 3 years, extendable for another 3 years)
Salary: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L/ Besoldungsgruppe W1

Rights and obligations of the job holder derive from the Saxonia state Law on Higher Education (SächsHSFG). The conditions of employment are set down in §§ 72, 73 of the SächsHSFG. It is possible to be appointed with fixed-term civil service status, provided the relevant requirements in civil-service law are met. Length of employment is subject to the limitations set out in the Law on Fixed-Term Contracts in Academia (WissZeitVG)

Academic qualification ("Habilitation" or 2nd Book)
Teaching of 4 resp. 6 hours per week during teaching term according to Saxony's regulations (DAVOHS) at undergraduate (B.A.) and graduate (M.A.) levels in the study programs of the Institute of African Studies
Supervision of B.A. and M.A. theses and other study work.
Independent research (planning, implementation, funding, publication)
Substantial contribution to academic management and administration

a completed university education and a Ph.D. of above-average quality in the field of African Studies, preferably sociology of language, linguistic anthropology, postcolonial studies, science & technology studies
a regional focus on Eastern or Southern Africa is an advantage
profound knowledge of methods and theories
knowledge of African languages
exceptional communicative, cooperative and organizational capacities
good knowledge of German (teaching at BA-level) is a requirement

Applications are accepted until 1 May 2018.
All applications should make reference to the file number 73/2018, include relevant documentation (CV, list of publications, teaching experience, one page on current and future research, copies of MA- and PhD certificates), and be directed to:

Universität Leipzig
Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Orientwissenschaften
Herrn Dekan Professor Dr. Manfred Rudersdorf
Schillerstraße 6
04109 Leipzig

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.