Postdoctoral position in Indo-European Linguistics, Denmark

    Postdoctoral position in Indo-European Linguistics, Denmark

    Postdoctoral position in Indo-European Linguistics, in the department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 25, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaIndo-European Linguistics
    SalaryDKK 34,899.55 / Month
    WorkplaceDepartment of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) 
    Faculty of Humanities
    University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark
    Contract Period1 Year
    Starting dateSep 01, 2021


    To be considered for the position applicants must have research qualifications at least corresponding to what can be achieved as part of a successfully completed PhD within a relevant field.

    It is expected that the successful applicant will have

    • A PhD degree or equivalent in the field of Indo-European Linguistics


    It is an advantage if the applicant has

    • Previous experience with research in linguistic phylogenetics.
    • Knowledge of computational linguistic phylogenetics, including knowledge of one or more relevant programming language(s) (R, Python, RevBayes, BEAST / BEASTling)
    • A basic knowledge of the archaeology at the relevant time depth (Late Neolithic and Bronze Age

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The Postdoc will participate in the research project Connecting the Dots: Reconfiguring the Indo-European family tree (2019–2023), funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project seeks to determine the higher-order branching structure of the Indo-European language family on the basis of a refined methodological approach to linguistic subgrouping. The principal investigator of the project is Associate Professor Thomas Olander.

    The postdoctoral position involves research in the higher-order phylogenetics of the Indo-European language family, including methodological problems as well as problems regarding the position of individual branches with respect to other branches and to the over-all branching structure of the family tree. Since Anatolian and Tocharian, possibly the two first branches to separate, are not the primary focus of the project, the postdoctoral researcher should focus on the non-Anatolian and non-Tocharian branches.

    The postdoctoral researcher will be part of the research center Roots of Europe, which currently includes nine researchers from Denmark and abroad.

    The applicant is expected to collaborate closely with the members of the Connecting the Dots project and with the researchers associated with the Roots of Europe center, and to participate in conferences and meetings arranged by these projects and the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics.

    How to Apply?

    • Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the top of the page.
    • Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

    Documents Required

    The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

    • Application letter/cover letter (max 1 page)
    • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail & telephone number)
    • Documentation of qualifications (examination certificates/PhD diploma, etc.).
    • Complete and numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications must be marked with *.
    • Research plan, including a short description of previous research and a plan for the coming years that includes an account of how the applicant will contribute to the deliverables in the project description.
    • Documentation of teaching qualifications and research dissemination, if any
    • Publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. Publication dates must be clearly marked on the publication list. The publications selected must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.

    Should any material submitted consist of work with named co-authors, or work that is otherwise the result of collective academic endeavours, the extent of the applicant’s contribution to the work must be clearly stipulated. The Faculty may ask for a signed statement from the co-authors stipulating the extent and nature of each individual’s contribution.

    About the Department

    The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS) provides the setting for international research and education from BA to PhD studies within linguistics and language technology, Indo-European studies, literature, media, culture, and gender studies. At NorS we do research, dissemination and teaching in the areas of Nordic cultural heritage and in modern sociolinguistic and technological approaches to language. We work with philological disciplines such as manuscript and literature studies, with name research, language change, computational cognitive modelling, and human language technology.


    Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 34,899.55 + 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

    The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here:


    Mette Christensen (HR)

    Head of department Anne Jensen

    Associate Professor Thomas Olander

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    Postdoctoral position in Indo-European Linguistics

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday June 26th, 2021 (GMT+9)

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