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Postdoc on corpus-based research on syntax and information structure 
University of Cologne  
Lugar   País
Colonia  Alemania
Fecha de publicación   Fecha límite
9 de septiembre de 2017   
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The Institute of Romance Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne is looking to fill a position as Postdoc in the Collaborative Research Centre: SFB 1252 "Prominence in Language" in subproject C01 "Prominence and information structure" (Principal Investigator: Professor Aria Adli).

Starting is December 1st, 2017 with a weekly working time of 39,83 hours. The position is a fixed- term work contract ending on 31st of December 2020. The salary is based on the German E13 TV-L scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled.

The focus of this research project is the linkage between prominence and information structure through examining the following: 1) the role of prominent syntactic positions in non-canonical word order, 2) the competition between various prominent topic candidates in canonical word order.


- A flawless command of spoken and written English and a high level of proficiency in French and/or Spanish as well as sufficient structural knowledge to perform analytical and corpus-based work in at least one of the other languages examined in the project (i.e. French, Spanish, Catalan, Persian). Knowledge of German is a plus, candidates without knowledge of German should be willing to gain proficiency within a realistic timeframe.
- She/he is able to coordinate day-to-day business with the PI to ensure that project goals and deadlines are met. For this purpose, she/he will implement a time and task management scheme that incorporates the differing areas of work and coordinates all employed personnel. Good communication skills and the ability to work well in a team are required.
- She/he is capable of working with superior efficiency due to her/his result-oriented and well- organized work approach and can proficiently access new fields of study.

Job prerequisites:

- Ph.D. in linguistics
- International research experience in the field of syntax, information structure and at the interface with related fields of linguistics, as documented via publications
- Sound knowledge of corpus linguistics (annotation, corpus queries) and quantitative analysis of corpus data

Applications should include a statement of interest (letter of motivation, addressed to Professor Aria Adli), a CV including a list of publications, a copy of the most important publications (max. 5), a copy of the relevant degrees/certificates, the names and addresses of two referees.

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