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Postdoc in Sign Language Linguistics

Deadline: Monday 4 April 2022
Faculty/Services: Faculty of Science
Educational level: Promoted
Function type: Academic Staff
Closing date: 4 April 2022
Vacancy number: 8455


Do you have a PhD in Sign Language Linguistics? Are you proficient in at least one sign language yourself? Do you have experience collecting, annotating, and analyzing sign language data? And do you have a solid background in formal syntax and semantics? We are seeking a Postdoctoral researcher to investigate syntactic and semantic properties of questions across a broad range of sign languages through fieldwork and collaboration with an international network of sign language linguists.

What are you going to do

In this project you are expected to:

  • Collect data from informants and corpora on the syntactic and semantic properties of questions across sign languages;
  • Help establish a network of sign language linguists to collaborate with, and coordinate the collection of data from a broad range of sign languages;
  • Develop a formal syntactic and semantic account of the empirical findings;
  • Publish in high level international journals;
  • Present at leading international conferences and workshops;
  • Co-supervise master and bachelor students;
  • Contribute your expertise to joint research projects;
  • Contribute to the teaching activities of the institute.

What do you have to offer?

  • a PhD in Sign Language Linguistics;

  • fluency in at least one sign language;

  • strong expertise in sign language elicitation and corpus methods;

  • strong background in formal syntax and semantics, specifically of questions;

  • excellent academic writing skills;

  • excellent team working skills.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on or before 1 July 2022 for a period of 36 months.

Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €2,846 to €4,490 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in which researchers from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities collaborate. Its central research area is the study of fundamental principles of encoding, transmission and comprehension of information. Research at ILLC is interdisciplinary, and aims at bringing together insights from various disciplines concerned with information and information processing, including linguistics, cognitive science, philosophy, computer science and artificial intelligence. ILLC offers an international research environment with world-class faculty in all of its areas of specialization.

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Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and, in one PDF, you can submit this in the mandatory field for CV:

  • a CV, including a list of publications;

  • a writing sample (in the case of joint work, please specify your own contribution);

  • contact details of 2 people who could be asked for recommendation letters.

You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until 4 April 2022.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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